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Digest of Education Statistics: 2006
Digest of Education Statistics: 2006

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 135. ACT score averages and standard deviations, by sex and race/ethnicity, and percentage of ACT test takers, by selected composite score ranges and planned fields of study: Selected years, 1995 through 2005
Score type and test-taker characteristic Number Standard deviation
1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Total test takers
Number (in thousands)
945 959 995 1,019 1,065 1,070 1,116 1,175 1,171 1,186 †  †  †  †  †  †  †  †  † 
Percentage of graduates 37.5 36.7 37.7 36.9 37.6 37.6 38.4 38.9 38.2 38.1 †  †  †  †  †  †  †  †  † 
  Average test score
Composite, total 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.8 4.8 4.8
Sex                                      
Male 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.2 21.1 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.1 4.9 4.9 4.9 4.9 4.9 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Female 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.9 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.7
Race/ethnicity                                      
White 22.8 22.7 22.7 22.7 21.8 22.6 21.7 21.8 21.9
Black 17.9 17.9 17.9 17.8 16.9 17.6 16.9 17.1 17.0
Mexican American 19.9 19.6 19.6 19.5 18.5 19.0 18.3 18.4 18.4
Other Hispanic 20.1 20.7 20.7 20.5 19.4 20.0 19.0 18.8 18.9
Asian American or Pacific Islander 22.5 22.6 22.3 22.4 21.7 22.3 21.8 21.9 22.1
American Indian/Alaska Native 20.4 20.4 20.4 20.4 18.8 20.1 18.7 18.8 18.7
                                       
Subject area                                      
English 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.5 20.5 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.4 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.5 5.6 5.8 5.8 5.9
Male 19.8 19.9 19.9 20.0 20.0 20.0 19.7 19.8 19.9 20.0 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.6 5.8 5.8 5.9 6.0
Female 20.6 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.8 20.6 20.7 20.8 20.8 5.4 5.4 5.5 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.8 5.9
                                       
Mathematics 20.2 20.6 20.8 20.7 20.7 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.7 20.7 5.0 5.1 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.0
Male 20.9 21.3 21.5 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.3 5.2 5.3 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.3 4.8 5.3 5.3
Female 19.7 20.1 20.2 20.2 20.2 20.2 20.1 20.1 20.2 20.2 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.8 5.3 4.8 4.8
                                       
Reading 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.3 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.3 6.1 6.0 6.0 6.1 6.0 6.1 6.1 6.0
Male 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1 21.2 21.1 20.9 21.0 21.1 21.0 6.1 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.3 5.3 6.1 6.1
Female 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.6 21.5 21.5 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.5 6.0 5.9 5.9 6.0 6.0 6.1 4.8 5.9 6.0
                                       
Science reasoning 21.0 21.1 21.1 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 4.7 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.6
Male 21.6 21.7 21.8 21.5 21.6 21.6 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.4 4.9 4.9 4.8 4.8 4.9 4.9 4.9 4.9 4.9
Female 20.5 20.6 20.6 20.6 20.6 20.6 20.4 20.4 20.5 20.5 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3
  Percent
Obtaining composite scores of—                                      
28 or above 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
17 or below 26 25 25 25 25 27 27 26 26
                                       
Planned major field of study                                      
Business2  13 12 12 12 11 11 10 10 9 9
Engineering3  8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6
Social science4  9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 7 7
Education5  8 9 9 9 9 8 8 7 7 6
—Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 Minimum score is 1 and maximum score is 36.
2 Includes business and management, business and office, and marketing and distribution.
3 Includes engineering and engineering-related technologies.
4 Includes social science and philosophy, religion, and theology.
5 Includes education and teacher education.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: ACT, High School Profile Report, selected years, 1995 through 2005. (This table was prepared April 2006.)