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ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks

Setting the Bar for Excellence

The Benchmarks

The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are scores that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing courses.* Benchmarks have been established for the ACT and ACT Aspire subject-area tests and the supplemental STEM and ELA scores.

The ACT Readiness Benchmarks for ACT Aspire are linked to the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Students at or above the benchmark are on target to meet the corresponding ACT College Readiness Benchmark in grade 11.

Benchmarks
Subject ACT Aspire Grade 3 ACT Aspire Grade 4 ACT Aspire Grade 5 ACT Aspire Grade 6 ACT Aspire Grade 7 ACT Aspire Grade 8 ACT Aspire Grade 9 ACT Aspire Grade10 The ACT Test First Year College Course
English 413 417 419 420 421 422 426 428 18 English Composition
Math 413 416 418 420 422 425 428 432 22 College Algebra
Reading 415 417 420 421 423 424 425 428 22 Social Sciences
Science 418 420 422 423 425 427 430 432 23 Biology
ELA 419 421 422 423 424 425 426 428 20 English Composition and Social Sciences
STEM 419 422 425 427 429 432 434 437 26 Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Engineering

 

*Based on a sample of 214 institutions and more than 230,000 students from across the United States, the Benchmarks are median course placement values for these institutions and as such represent a typical set of expectations.