Test Taking

Many high school students across the United States take the ACT in preparation for college.

Number of ACT-Tested High School Graduates, 2013

  • 1,799,243 students from the high school graduating class of 2013 took the ACT.
  • Just over half (52%) of all ACT-tested high school graduates live in 9 states: CA, CO, FL, IL, MI, NC, OH, TN, and TX.
  • Of the 9 states with the most ACT-tested high school graduates, 5 states (CO, IL, MI, NC, and TN) administered the ACT statewide to all public high school 11th graders.
US map showing number of ACT-test high school graduates by state for 2012

Map reads: In Florida, more than 100,000 students from the high school graduating class of 2013 took the ACT.

StateNumber of ACT-Tested High School Graduates
Alabama20,001–40,000
Alaska1–10,000
Arizona20,001–40,000
Arkansas20,001–40,000
California100,001 or more
Colorado40,001–100,000
Connecticut10,001–20,000
Delaware1–10,000
District of Columbia1–10,000
Florida100,001 or more
Georgia40,001–100,000
Hawaii1–10,000
Idaho1–10,000
Illinois100,001 or more
Indiana20,001–40,000
Iowa20,001–40,000
Kansas20,001–40,000
Kentucky40,001–100,000
Louisiana40,001–100,000
Maine1–10,000
Maryland10,001–20,000
Massachusetts10,001–20,000
Michigan100,001 or more
Minnesota40,001–100,000
Mississippi20,001–40,000
Missouri40,001–100,000
Montana1–10,000
Nebraska10,001–20,000
Nevada1–10,000
New Hampshire1–10,000
New Jersey20,001–40,000
New Mexico10,001–20,000
New York40,001–100,000
North Carolina40,001–100,000
North Dakota1–10,000
Ohio40,001–100,000
Oklahoma20,001–40,000
Oregon10,001–20,000
Pennsylvania20,001–40,000
Rhode Island1–10,000
South Carolina20,001–40,000
South Dakota1–10,000
Tennessee40,001–100,000
Texas100,001 or more
Utah20,001–40,000
Vermont1–10,000
Virginia20,001–40,000
Washington10,001–20,000
West Virginia10,001–20,000
Wisconsin40,001–100,000
Wyoming1–10,000

Percent of High School Graduates Who Took the ACT, 2013

  • Nationally, more than half (54%) of all students from the high school graduating class of 2013 took the ACT.
  • High school graduates in 10 states (CO, IL, KY, LA, MI, NC, ND, TN, UT, and WY) participated in a statewide administration of the ACT during 11th grade.
  • Several states, including CA, NY, and TX, had both a sizable number of ACT-tested high school graduates and a relatively low ACT participation rate.
US map showing Percent of High School Graduates Who Took the ACT, 2013

Map reads: In Texas, 26%–50% of the high school graduating class of 2013 took the ACT.

StatePercent Who Took the ACT
Alabama76%–100%
Alaska26%–50%
Arizona26%–50%
Arkansas76%–100%
California26%–50%
ColoradoStatewide (100%)
Connecticut26%–50%
Delaware25% or less
District of Columbia26%–50%
Florida51%–75%
Georgia51%–75%
Hawaii26%–50%
Idaho26%–50%
IllinoisStatewide (100%)
Indiana26%–50%
Iowa51%–75%
Kansas51%–75%
KentuckyStatewide (100%)
LouisianaStatewide (100%)
Maine25% or less
Maryland25% or less
Massachusetts25% or less
MichiganStatewide (100%)
Minnesota51%–75%
Mississippi76%–100%
Missouri51%–75%
Montana51%–75%
Nebraska76%–100%
Nevada26%–50%
New Hampshire25% or less
New Jersey25% or less
New Mexico51%–75%
New York26%–50%
North CarolinaStatewide (100%)
North DakotaStatewide (100%)
Ohio51%–75%
Oklahoma51%–75%
Oregon26%–50%
Pennsylvania25% or less
Rhode Island25% or less
South Carolina51%–75%
South Dakota76%–100%
TennesseeStatewide (100%)
Texas26%–50%
UtahStatewide (100%)
Virginia26%–50%
Vermont26%–50%
Washington25% or less
West Virginia51%–75%
Wisconsin51%–75%
WyomingStatewide (100%)