National Score Trends

Number of Graduating Seniors Taking the ACT, 2002–2012

20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
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 1,666,017

National Average ACT Composite Score, 2002–2012

20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1 21.0 21.1 21.1

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT English Score, 2002–2012

20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
20.2 20.3 20.4 20.4 20.6 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.5 20.6 20.5

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Math Score, 2002–2012

20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
20.6 20.6 20.7 20.7 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.1

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Reading Score, 2002–2012

20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
21.1 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.4 21.4 21.3 21.3 21.3

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Science Score, 2002–2012

20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 21.0 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.9

Score Range 1–36

ACT Writing Test Score Averages, 2006–2012

2006200720082009201020112012
7.77.67.37.27.17.17.1

Score Range 2–12

National Average ACT Composite Score by Gender, 2002–2012

Gender 20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Males 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.2 21.2 21.2
Females 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Composite Score by Race/Ethnic Group, 2012

African American17.0
American Indian18.4
White22.4
Hispanic18.9
Asian23.6
Pacific Islander19.8
Two or More Races21.4
No Response21.3

Score Range 1–36

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

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