Average ACT Scores by State: 2005 ACT-Tested Graduates

Each state links to a PDF file with that state's data. Each file is about 26 pages long and around 50KB in size.


  State % of
Graduates
Tested
Average
Composite
Score
Average
English
Score
Average
Math
Score
Average
Reading
Score
Average
Science
Score
  Alabama 77 20.2 20.3 19.4 20.5 20.1
  Alaska 26 21.3 20.5 21.3 22.0 21.1
  Arizona 19 21.5 20.9 21.7 21.9 21.2
  Arkansas 76 20.3 20.5 19.6 20.6 20.1
  California 14 21.6 21.1 22.1 21.8 20.9
  Colorado 100 20.2 19.3 20.0 20.6 20.2
  Connecticut10 22.8 22.5 22.7 23.4 22.0
  Delaware 4 20.8 20.2 20.5 21.4 20.6
  Washington DC 29 18.0 17.2 18.0 18.5 17.8
  Florida 41 20.4 19.8 20.4 20.9 20.1
  Georgia29 20.0 19.4 19.8 20.3 19.8
  Hawaii 16 21.9 21.0 22.7 21.9 21.6
  Idaho 58 21.3 20.5 20.9 21.9 21.2
  Illinois 100 20.3 19.9 20.2 20.3 20.4
  Indiana 21 21.7 21.2 21.5 22.2 21.4
  Iowa 66 22.0 21.5 21.7 22.4 22.1
  Kansas 76 21.7 21.2 21.4 22.1 21.6
  Kentucky 76 20.4 20.0 19.7 20.8 20.4
  Louisiana 85 19.8 19.9 19.2 19.8 19.7
  Maine 10 22.4 22.1 22.0 23.1 21.9
  Maryland 12 21.0 20.5 20.8 21.5 20.7
  Massachusetts 12 22.8 22.5 22.8 23.4 22.0
  Michigan 69 21.4 20.7 21.2 21.8 21.6
  Minnesota 68 22.3 21.6 22.1 22.7 22.4
  Mississippi 94 18.7 18.8 17.8 18.9 18.6
  Missouri 70 21.6 21.4 20.9 21.9 21.5
  Montana 57 21.8 21.0 21.5 22.4 21.8
  Nebraska 76 21.8 21.4 21.6 21.9 21.7
  Nevada 28 21.5 20.8 21.3 22.0 21.3
  New Hampshire 10 22.3 21.9 22.1 23.0 21.8
  New Jersey 6 21.3 20.9 21.5 21.7 20.8
  New Mexico 61 20.0 19.4 19.4 20.6 20.1
  New York 17 22.4 21.3 22.5 23.0 22.3
  North Carolina 15 20.2 19.3 20.4 20.6 20.0
  North Dakota 82 21.3 20.4 21.2 21.4 21.5
  Ohio 66 21.4 20.7 21.2 21.9 21.5
  Oklahoma 69 20.4 20.3 19.6 21.0 20.4
  Oregon 12 22.6 21.8 22.4 23.4 22.2
  Pennsylvania 9 21.7 21.2 21.5 22.3 21.4
  Rhode Island 8 21.9 21.4 21.7 22.6 21.3
  South Carolina 38 19.4 18.8 19.3 19.6 19.3
  South Dakota 76 21.5 20.8 21.3 21.7 21.6
  Tennessee 92 20.5 20.6 19.7 20.8 20.2
  Texas 29 20.2 19.3 20.3 20.3 20.2
  Utah 68 21.5 21.1 21.0 22.2 21.4
  Vermont 16 22.6 22.3 22.1 23.5 22.1
  Virginia 14 20.8 20.5 20.6 21.2 20.6
  Washington 16 22.7 22.3 22.4 23.5 22.3
  West Virginia 65 20.4 20.5 19.3 20.9 20.4
  Wisconsin 69 22.2 21.5 22.0 22.4 22.3
  Wyoming 69 21.4 20.6 21.0 22.0 21.4
  National 40 20.9 20.4 20.7 21.3 20.9


Totals for graduating seniors were obtained from Knocking at the College Door—December 2003, Projections of High School Graduates by State, Income and Race/Ethnicity, 1998-2018, © December 2003 by Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

2005 Average ACT Scores by State, © 2005 by ACT, Inc.

2005 ACT National and State Scores