ACT Scores Over Time

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Test scores remained essentially the same between 2008 and 2012 even though about 17% more high school students took the ACT over this period and the tested population of students became more diverse.

Composite score averages ranged between 21.0 and 21.1 points during this time. The four subject score averages (English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science) showed similar changes in absolute value.

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Average ACT Scores, 2008–2012

Graph reads: Between 2008 and 2012, the average ACT Reading score for all high school graduates decreased slightly from 21.4 to 21.3.

Subject20082009201020112012
English20.620.620.520.620.5
Reading21.421.421.321.321.3
Mathematics21.021.021.021.121.1
Science20.820.920.920.920.9
Composite21.121.121.021.121.1