The 1997 ACT High School Profile Report -- National Normative Data

Table 2: Average ACT Subscores Distributions and Cumulative Percentiles

Usage/Mechanics Rhetorical Skills Social Studies/Science Arts/Literature
Sub Score
NumberPercent at or Below NumberPercent at or Below NumberPercent at or Below NumberPercent at or Below
18 11048 99 5330 99 19978 99 33489 99
17 21035 99 12809 99 33330 98 57334 97
16 37940 97 29827 98 43424 94 61554 91
15 47953 93 42391 95 50062 90 54494 84
14 66584 88 65169 91 60157 85 74677 78
13 76526 81 89622 84 67252 78 94569 71
12 73616 73 102533 74 74200 71 88788 61
11 89494 65 107911 64 110175 64 87363 52
10 97949 56 123969 53 124535 52 71551 42
9 91393 46 129439 40 115100 39 80810 35
8 106472 36 105180 26 92397 27 58158 27
7 85399 25 66658 15 63825 18 62836 20
6 67275 16 41768 8 46380 11 55091 14
5 52116 9 23948 4 30292 6 38583 8
4 25840 4 9085 1 16978 3 20844 4
3 6660 1 2957 1 6457 1 12926 2
2 1859 1 653 1 3621 1 5585 1
1 142 1 52 1 1138 1 649 1
Average 10.1 10.5 10.6 11.1
Standard Deviation 3.5 2.9 3.4 3.9

Pre/Elem Algebra Alg/Crd-Geom Pln Geom/Trig
Sub Score
NumberPercent at or Below NumberPercent at or Below NumberPercent at or Below
18 22926 99 10312 99 13025 99
17 34506 98 7383 99 135 99
16 32092 94 18907 98 37072 99
15 47889 91 38616 96 52848 95
14 70892 86 52718 92 59638 89
13 86320 78 80255 87 97408 83
12 68506 69 84534 78 81534 73
11 117268 62 118407 69 129750 64
10 86578 50 113487 57 146492 51
9 117501 41 177142 45 131327 36
8 10767129 95291 27 80537 22
7 72565 17 65352 17 55471 14
6 52786 10 45091 10 27862 8
5 21980 4 23816 5 24872 5
4 14343 2 13705 3 5352 2
3 4308 1 9766 1 7763 2
2 1053 1 2291 1 5896 1
1 117 1 2228 1 2319 1
Average 10.7 10.1 10.6
Standard Deviation 3.3 3.0 3.0
Number of students = 959301

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