ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks
Setting the Bar for Excellence
The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are scores that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing courses.* Benchmarks have been established for the ACT and ACT Aspire subject-area tests and the supplemental STEM and ELA scores.
The ACT Readiness Benchmarks for ACT Aspire are linked to the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Students at or above the benchmark are on target to meet the corresponding ACT College Readiness Benchmark in grade 11.
|Subject||ACT Aspire Grade 3||ACT Aspire Grade 4||ACT Aspire Grade 5||ACT Aspire Grade 6||ACT Aspire Grade 7||ACT Aspire Grade 8||ACT Aspire Grade 9||ACT Aspire Grade10||The ACT Test||First Year College Course|
|ELA||419||421||422||423||424||425||426||428||20||English Composition and Social Sciences|
|STEM||419||422||425||427||429||432||434||437||26||Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Engineering|
*Based on a sample of 214 institutions and more than 230,000 students from across the United States, the Benchmarks are median course placement values for these institutions and as such represent a typical set of expectations.