Six education majors at Mississippi State University-Meridian campus scored in the top 15 percent on the national Praxis exam.
Passing the 2-part test is a requirement for college students who want to be teachers.
It assesses general knowledge in reading, writing, and math, as well as specialty areas.
"When you score above 85% of the people in the nation, they go to some schools that consider themselves superior to a public university," said Dr. George Thomas, chair of MSU Meridian's Division of Education. "This includes all the students taking this test nationwide, so our students did extremely well."
"Your exceptional performance earned a score that ranks within the top 15 percent of all test takers who took this assessment in previous years," said Kurt Landgraf, president and chief executive officer of the Educational Testing Service. "This achievement indicates a high level of proficiency in an area critical for professional educators."
The MSU Meridian students are: Adam Carlberg of Marion; Whitney Alexander of Newton; Lynn Holliman of Meridian; Ashley Sims of Meridian; Paul Queen of Quitman; and Lauren Harmon of Harpersville.