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Table 226.50. 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 postsecondary study: Selected years, 1995 through 2014
Score type and test-taker characteristic 1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Total test takers                        
Number (in thousands) 945 1,065 1,186 1,206 1,301 1,422 1,480 1,569 1,623 1,666 1,799 1,846
Percent of graduates 37.5 37.6 38.2 38.6 40.6 42.9 44.2 45.6 47.1 48.3 52.8 54.8
  Average test score1
Composite score, total 20.8 21.0 20.9 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1 21.0 21.1 21.1 20.9 21.0
Sex                        
Male 21.0 21.2 21.1 21.2 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.2 21.2 21.2 20.9 21.1
Female 20.7 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0 20.9 20.9
Race/ethnicity                        
White 22.7 21.9 22.0 22.1 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.4 22.2 22.3
Black 17.8 17.0 17.1 17.0 16.9 16.9 16.9 17.0 17.0 16.9 17.0
Hispanic 18.6 18.6 18.7 18.7 18.7 18.6 18.7 18.9 18.8 18.8
Asian/Pacific Islander 22.4 22.1 22.3 22.6 22.9 23.2 23.4
Asian 23.6 23.6 23.5 23.5
Pacific Islander 19.5 19.8 19.5 18.6
American Indian/Alaska Native 20.4 18.7 18.8 18.9 19.0 18.9 19.0 18.6 18.4 18.0 18.0
Two or more races 21.1 21.4 21.1 21.2
                         
Subject-area scores                        
English 20.2 20.5 20.4 20.6 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.5 20.6 20.5 20.2 20.3
Male 19.8 20.0 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.1 20.2 20.1 20.2 20.2 19.8 20.0
Female 20.6 20.9 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.9 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.6 20.7
                         
Mathematics 20.2 20.7 20.7 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.1 20.9 20.9
Male 20.9 21.4 21.3 21.5 21.6 21.6 21.6 21.6 21.6 21.7 21.4 21.4
Female 19.7 20.2 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.4 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.6 20.5 20.5
                         
Reading 21.3 21.4 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.4 21.4 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.1 21.3
Male 21.1 21.2 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.1 21.1 21.2 20.9 21.1
Female 21.4 21.5 21.5 21.6 21.6 21.5 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.5
                         
Science reasoning 21.0 21.0 20.9 20.9 21.0 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.7 20.8
Male 21.6 21.6 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.3 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.2 21.2
Female 20.5 20.6 20.5 20.5 20.5 20.4 20.4 20.5 20.5 20.5 20.4 20.5
  Standard deviation2
Composite score, total 4.7 4.8 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.4
Sex                        
Male 4.9 5.0
Female 4.6 4.7
                         
Subject-area scores                        
English 5.5 5.9 6.0 6.1 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.6
Male 5.6 6.0
Female 5.5 5.9
                         
Mathematics 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3
Male 5.2 5.3
Female 4.8 4.8
                         
Reading 6.1 6.0 6.1 6.1 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.3 6.3
Male 6.1 6.1
Female 6.0 6.0
                         
Science reasoning 4.5 4.6 4.9 4.9 5.0 5.1 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.5
Male 4.8 4.9
Female 4.3 4.3
  Percent of ACT test takers
Composite score                        
28 or above 10 10 11 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13
17 or below 25 26 25 25 26 27 28 28 28 30 30
                         
Planned major field of study                        
Business3 13 11 9 9 8 11 12 11 10 9 9 9
Education4 8 9 6 6 5 6 7 7 6 6 5 5
Engineering5 8 8 6 6 5 7 8 8 8 8 9 9
Health sciences and technologies 17 16 15 14 17 19 20 19 19 19 19
Social sciences6 9 9 7 6 5 6 7 7 8 9 8 8
—Not available.
1Minimum score is 1 and maximum score is 36.
2Standard deviations not available for racial/ethnic groups.
3For years prior to 2011, includes business and management, business and office, and marketing and distribution.
4For years prior to 2011, includes education and teacher education.  
5Includes engineering and engineering-related technologies.  
6Includes social sciences and philosophy, religion, and theology. For 2011 and later years, also includes law.
NOTE: Data are for high school graduates who took the ACT during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. If a student took a test more than once, the most recent score was used. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: ACT, High School Profile Report, selected years, 1995 through 2014. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 1995-96 through 2005–06; "State Dropout and Completion Data File," 2005-06 through 2011-12; Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1995 through 2011; and National High School Graduates Projection Model, 1972–73 through 2023–24. (This table was prepared March 2015.)

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