This stands for an "associate of arts" degree, which can be earned at most two-year colleges
This refers to an "associate of applied science" degree, which can be earned at some two-year colleges
This is a test published by American College Testing. It measures a student's aptitude in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Many colleges in the South and Midwest require students to take this test and submit their test scores when they apply for admission. Some colleges accept this test or the SAT I. (See below for explanation of SAT I.) Most students take the ACT or the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school.