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ACT National Ranks

Your national ranks tell you how your scores compare to those earned by recent high school graduates who took the ACT. The numbers indicate the cumulative percent of students who scored at or below a given score.

The Whole Picture

Score reports help students get the most from their test results. Users wishing to drill down further into what their scores mean can directly reference Reporting Category information found in their score reports. Reporting Category results are directly tied to ACT’s College and Career Readiness Standards (PDF).

Additional information regarding Reporting Categories can be found in the ACT Reporting Category Interpretation Guide (PDF).

 

Multiple-Choice, STEM, and Composite Test 

(based on ACT-tested high school graduates from 2015, 2016 and 2017, and reported on score reports during 2017-2018)

Find one of your subject area test scores or Composite score in the far left column. Read across to the column for that subject area or Composite to locate the national rank for that score. For example, the national rank for a Composite score of 22 is 63. This means 63 percent of recent high school graduates who took the ACT achieved a Composite score of 22 or below. Similarly, the national rank for a STEM score of 26 is 84. Thus, 84 percent of recent high school graduates taking the ACT achieved a STEM score of 26 or below.

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ELA and Writing Test Scores

(based on ACT-tested high school graduates from 2016 and reported on score reports during 2016-2017)

Find one of your scores in the far left column. Read across to the column for ELA or Writing to locate the national rank for that score. For example, the national rank for a writing score of 9 is 95. This means 95 percent of recent high school graduates who took the ACT achieved a writing score of 9 or below.

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Additional Resources About Your Writing Scores and the ELA Score

5 Ways to Compare 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Writing Scores (PDF)

 

Know the Score

Create or sign in to your ACT web account for access to your scores anytime, anywhere. Scores are processed and added each week, so start checking two weeks after your test date.