Information Brief 2013-28

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by Educational Aspirations

About 87% of all 2013 ACT-tested high school graduates reported that they aspire to attain at least an Associate’s degree. The chart below shows how attainment of all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in English, mathematics, reading, and science among ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates varies with educational aspirations. The percentage of students who met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks varies substantially by category of planned degree attainment.

Percentage Meeting All 4 College Readiness Benchmarks by Educational Aspiration

Student GroupAssociate’s/
Voc-Tech Degree
Bachelor’s DegreeGraduate/
Professional Degree
All ACT-Tested Students6.98%49.86%41.03%2.13%
ACT-Tested Students Meeting All 4 Benchmarks3.06%18.98%41.38%9.05%

Note: Data based on 1,593,458 ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates who reported educational aspirations. Approximately 11% of 2013 graduates did not indicate educational aspirations.

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