ACT Scores Over Time by Race/Ethnicity

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Average ACT Composite scores for African American, Asian, Hispanic, and White graduates increased between 2008 and 2012. That of American Indian graduates declined by 0.6 scale point.

Asian graduates had the highest average ACT Composite scores and the largest score increase (+0.7 scale point). Average ACT Composite scores for White graduates increased by 0.3 point. These score changes have occurred as more students from each racial/ethnic group have taken the ACT.

Note: Race/ethnicity categories changed in 2011 to reflect updated US Department of Education reporting requirements.

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Average ACT Composite Test Scores by Race/Ethnicity, 2008–2012

Graph reads: Between 2008 and 2012, the average ACT Composite score for Asian high school graduates increased from 22.9 to 23.6.

Race/Ethnicity20082009201020112012
African American16.916.916.917.017.0
American Indian19.018.919.018.618.4
Asian22.923.223.423.623.6
Hispanic18.718.718.618.718.9
Pacific Islander19.519.8
White22.122.222.322.422.4