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AP and ACT test results top state, national, and global averages

Archbishop McNicholas High School recently released the results of Advanced Placement and ACT testing from the 2016-2017 academic year.

On the Advanced Placement tests taken this past May, 84% of McNicholas AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on their tests compared to the state average of 64% and global average of 60%. With a score of 3 or higher, many colleges will award college credit.

  • In Art, 100% of our students received a 3 or higher on their portfolios.
  • In English Literature and Composition, 94% received a 3 or higher.
  • In Spanish, 100% of our students earned a 3 or higher.

On the ACT, the standardized college readiness assessment test accepted by most colleges and universities, the McNicholas Class of 2017 earned an average composite score of 24.9, an increase from 24.4 the previous year. The national composite average is 21.0, and a perfect score is 36.

  • In English and Reading, McNicholas students averaged 25.7 compared to the national 20.3 average.
  • In Math, McNicholas earned 23.5 compared to a national 20.7 average.
  • In Science, McNicholas students earned an average of 24.3 compared to a 21.0 national average.

“The outstanding results of our AP and ACT scores show the hard work and dedication of teachers and students,” Principal Patty Beckert said.  “A McNicholas individualized education plan takes students and elevates them to a higher level spiritually, personally, and of course, academically. The results from standardized tests this spring illustrate the benefit of this philosophy and approach for our students academically and financially.”

The 170 McNicholas graduates in the Class of 2017 earned a total of almost $17.5 million in college scholarships. 


Lauren Alvey '17, salutatorian, and Katie McHugh '17, valedictorian, both attend the University of Notre Dame. McHugh scored a perfect 36 on her ACT.


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