National Score Trends

Number of Graduating Seniors Taking the ACT, 2003–2013

20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
1,175,059 1,171,460 1,186,251 1,206,455 1,300,599 1,421,941 1,480,469 1,568,835 1,623,112 1,666,017 1,799,243

National Average ACT Composite Score, 2003–2013

20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
20.8 20.9 20.9 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1 21.0 21.1 21.1 20.9

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT English Score, 2003–2013

20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
20.3 20.4 20.4 20.6 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.5 20.6 20.5 20.2

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Math Score, 2003–2013

20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
20.6 20.6 20.7 20.7 20.8 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.1 20.9

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Reading Score, 2003–2013

20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
21.2 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.4 21.4 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.1

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Science Score, 2003–2013

20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 21.0 20.8 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.9 20.7

Score Range 1–36

ACT Writing Test Score Averages, 2006–2013

20062007200820092010201120122013
7.77.67.37.27.17.17.17.0

Score Range 2–12

National Average ACT Composite Score by Gender, 2003–2013

Gender 20032004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Males 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.2 21.2 21.2 20.9
Females 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.9 20.9 21.0 21.0 20.9

Score Range 1–36

National Average ACT Composite Score by Race/Ethnic Group, 2013

African American16.9
American Indian18.0
White22.2
Hispanic18.8
Asian23.5
Pacific Islander19.5
Two or More Races21.1
No Response20.7

Score Range 1–36

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

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