National Score Trends

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Number of Graduating Seniors Taking the ACT, 2001–2011

20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
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 1,623,112


National Average ACT Composite Score, 2001–2011

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21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1 21.0 21.1

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT English Score, 2001–2011

20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
20.5 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.4 20.6 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.5 20.6

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Math Score, 2001–2011

20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
20.7 20.6 20.6 20.7 20.7 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.1

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Reading Score, 2001–2011

20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
21.3 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.4 21.4 21.3 21.3

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Science Score, 2001–2011

20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011
21.0 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 21.0 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9

Score Range 1–36


ACT Writing Test Score Averages, 2006–2011

200620072008200920102011
7.77.67.37.27.17.1

Score Range 2–12


National Average ACT Composite Score by Gender, 2001–2011

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

Score Range 1–36


National Average ACT Composite Score by Race/Ethnic Group, 2011

Note: Race/ethnicity categories changed to reflect updated US Department of Education reporting requirements.

African American17.0
American Indian18.6
White22.4
Hispanic18.7
Asian23.6
Pacific Islander19.5
Two or More Races21.1
No Response20.7

Score Range 1–36

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