Data and Visualizations

ACT Research

Explore ACT Datasets

Use the interactive tools below, which are intended to answer questions and provide meaningful insights to help students, parents, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders make informed decisions and improve education and career outcomes.

College Readiness

U.S. High School Graduating Class Data

This tool expands upon (or replaces in some instances) our annual state and national ACT Profile and ACT Condition of College and Career Readiness reports. The tool, which contains data for the 10 most-recent ACT-tested high school graduating classes, allows users to view summary measures of the college readiness of ACT-tested students by state. Regional and national summaries for each measure of college readiness are also provided for additional context.


ACT Superscore Database

This database provides the counts, percentages, cumulative counts, and cumulative percentages for the full ACT Composite score distribution based on three scoring methods: most recent score, highest score from a single test attempt, and superscore based on the highest subject test scores across all test attempts. Such information can help stakeholders understand how many more students might earn scores at or above a specific ACT score given the change to superscoring. This information may be helpful to states and higher education institutions that have policies in place whereby students automatically qualify for merit aid and/or college admission if their ACT Composite score meets a minimum threshold. Users can view the data nationally or by US state.

Career Pathway & Industry Readiness

Career Pathway Readiness

Navigating the landscape of career exploration can be daunting, especially for high school students or adult learners who know what skills they have, but may not know how those skills relate to various career paths. Use this dashboard to navigate career opportunities, including future job openings and salary information, alongside the benchmarks for each of the top occupation openings.

Industry Readiness

This dashboard is designed to assist economic and workforce developers as they analyze the foundational skills in demand across major industry sectors and allows them to explore readiness benchmarks by industry sector. Occupational education requirements and earnings trends are provided to show the relationship between education, skills, and wages.

Reentering the Workforce Following Incarceration

This dashboard is designed to help prisoners who earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) from ACT find work in a nearby Work Ready Community (WRC) and create awareness about the organizations that hire based on NCRC in the area. The colored dots in this dual axis map correspond to prisons and the size of each dot corresponds to the number of occupational training programs offered at each prison. The colors of each dot correspond to the region. The grayed-out counties on the map represent ACT’s WRCs. Clicking on any of WRCs will open a new browser page with information on the WRC selected.

Higher Education

Enrollment Management Dashboards

Explore ACT data using interactive dashboards designed to inform higher education recruitment, enrollment, and success strategies.

  • Prospective College Students Dashboard
  • College Enrollment Dashboard
  • College Student Mobility Dashboard
  • College Completion Dashboard



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