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

Table 3   Table 4

Table 3: Average ACT Scores and Standard Deviations for Males and Females

ACT
English
ACT
Mathematics
ACT
Reading
ACT
Science Reasoning
ACT
Composite
Males          (N=419049)
   Average 19.9 21.3 21.2 21.7 21.1
   Standard Deviation 5.4 5.2 6.1 4.9 4.9
Females      (N=540252)
   Average 20.7 20.1 21.5 20.6 20.8
   Standard Deviation 5.4 4.7 6.0 4.4 4.6
Percentages of Students in Test Score Intervals
ACT
English
ACT
Mathematics
ACT
Reading
ACT
Science Reasoning
ACT
Composite
Score Interval M FM FM FM F M F
28-36 9 11 14 8 16 17 13 7 11 9
23-27 23 26 24 21 23 24 28 25 26 26
18-22 32 32 33 35 32 33 38 44 37 39
1-17 36 30 29 36 29 27 20 24 25 26



Table 4: Average ACT Scores for Different Patterns of Academic Preparation

S.D. = Standard Deviation
English Mathematics Reading Sci Reasoning Composite
Reference Groups Number Ave.S.D. Ave.S.D. Ave.S.D. Ave.S.D. Ave.S.D.
All Graduates 959301 20.3 5.4 20.6 5.0 21.3 6.1 21.14.7 21.0 4.7
College Core
E4, M3, SS3, NS3 566141 21.5 5.2 21.8 4.9 22.5 5.9 22.1 4.6 22.1 4.6
In Between 264444 19.1 5.2 19.1 4.5 20.1 5.8 20.0 4.3 19.7 4.4
E4, M2, SS2, NS2 97503 17.1 5.0 17.6 4.2 18.4 5.6 18.7 4.3 18.1 4.2
No Response 31213 19.1 5.7 19.9 5.1 20.2 6.4 20.2 4.9 20.0 5.0
HS GPA Ranges
3.50 - 4.00 333369 23.8 4.8 24.0 4.8 24.7 5.7 23.8 4.4 24.2 4.3
3.00 - 3.49 282151 20.0 4.7 20.1 4.2 21.0 5.4 20.8 4.1 20.6 3.9
2.50 - 2.99 197055 17.9 4.5 18.2 3.6 19.0 5.1 19.2 3.8 18.7 3.6
2.00 - 2.49 104462 16.4 4.2 17.0 3.2 17.5 4.9 18.1 3.7 17.4 3.4
1.99 & below 29574 15.5 4.2 16.3 3.0 16.7 4.9 17.4 3.7 16.6 3.3

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