National Score Trends

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Number of Graduating Seniors Taking the ACT, 2000–2010

20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
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 1,568,835


National Average ACT Composite Score, 2000–2010

20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1 21.0

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT English Score, 2000–2010

20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
20.5 20.5 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.4 20.6 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.5

Score Range 1–36


ACT Writing Test Score Averages, 2006–2010

20062007200820092010
7.77.67.37.27.1

Score Range 2–12


National Average ACT Math Score, 2000–2010

20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
20.7 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.7 20.7 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Reading Score, 2000–2010

20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
21.4 21.3 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.4 21.4 21.3

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Science Score, 2000–2010

20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
21.0 21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 21.0 20.8 20.9 20.9

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Composite Score by Gender, 2000–2010

  20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Males 21.2 21.1 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.2
Females 20.9 20.9 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.9 20.9

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Composite Score by Race/Ethnic Group, 2010

African American/Black16.9
American Indian/Alaska Native19.0
Caucasian American/White22.3
Hispanic18.6
Asian American/Pacific Islander23.4
Other/No Response20.6

Score Range 1–36