Selections from the 2009 National Score Report

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Number of Graduating Seniors Taking the ACT, 1999–2009

19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
1,019,053 1,065,138 1,069,772 1,116,082 1,175,059 1,171,460 1,186,251 1,206,455 1,300,599 1,421,941 1,480,469


National Average ACT Composite Score, 1999–2009

19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
21.0 21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT English Score, 1999–2009

19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
20.5 20.5 20.5 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.4 20.6 20.7 20.6 20.6

Score Range 1–36


ACT Writing Test Score Averages, 2006–2009

2006200720082009
7.77.67.37.2

Score Range 2–12


National Average ACT Math Score, 1999–2009

19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
20.7 20.7 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.7 20.7 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Reading Score, 1999–2009

19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
21.4 21.4 21.3 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.4 21.4

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Science Score, 1999–2009

19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
21.0 21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 21.0 20.8 20.9

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Composite Score by Gender, 1999–2009

  19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Males 21.1 21.2 21.1 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.2 21.2 21.3
Females 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.9

Score Range 1–36


Average ACT Composite Score by Race/Ethnic Group, 2009

African American/Black16.9
American Indian/Alaska Native18.9
Caucasian American/White22.2
Hispanic18.7
Asian American/Pacific Islander23.2
Other/No Response20.9

Score Range 1–36