What are the average scores for students taking the ACT?
The ACT (formerly known as the American College Testing Program) is not designed as an indicator of student achievement, but rather as an aid for predicting how well students will do in college.
In 1995, some 38 percent of all high school graduates took the ACT.1 In 2016, some 59 percent of high school graduates were projected to take the ACT. The minimum score on the ACT is 1 and maximum score is 36.
|Number and percentage of graduates taking the ACT test, and average scores by sex and race/ethnicity: Selected years,1995 through 2016|
|Score type and test-taker characteristic||1995||2000||2005||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015||2016|
|Total test takers|
|Number (in thousands)1||945||1,065||1,186||1,301||1,422||1,480||1,569||1,623||1,666||1,799||1,846||1,924||2,090|
|Percent of all graduates1||38||38||38||41||43||44||46||47||48||52||53 2||55 2||59 2|
|Average test score3|
|Composite score, total||20.8||21.0||20.9||21.2||21.1||21.1||21.0||21.1||21.1||20.9||21.0||21.0||20.8|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||—||19.0||18.7||18.9||19.0||18.9||19.0||18.6||18.4||18.0||18.0||17.9||17.7|
|Two or more races||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||21.1||21.4||21.1||21.2||21.2||21.0|
|1 Those members of the graduating class who had taken the ACT test as a percentage of all students who graduated in that school year. For example, the 2016 column shows test-taking members of the class of 2016 as a percentage of all 2015–16 high school graduates. Percentages were calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) using NCES data on the total number of high school graduates.|
|2 Number of high school graduates is projected.|
|3 Minimum score is 1 and maximum score is 36.|
|NOTE: Data are for high school graduates who took the ACT test during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. If a student took the ACT test more than once, the composite and subject-area scores from the most recent test were used. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.|
|SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2017). Digest of Education Statistics, 2016 (NCES 2017-094), Table 226.50.|
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