Information Brief 2013-34

Student Perceptions of Reading Skills and Performance on the ACT® Reading Test

More than 60% of high school graduates who took the ACT® college readiness assessment in 2013 believe they need help improving their reading speed and comprehension. Even those students who met or exceeded the ACT College Readiness Benchmark for Reading1 would like to boost their reading skills: 51% of students who scored 22 or higher on the ACT Reading Test reported they need help improving their reading speed and comprehension.

Students Who Report Needing Help to Improve Reading Speed and Comprehension by Performance on the ACT Reading Test

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ACT Mathematics Test ScoreNeed Help Improving Reading SkillsDo Not Need Help Improving Reading Skills
1 to 968.8%31.2%
10 to 1370.67%29.33%
14 to 1769.05%30.95%
18 to 2167.87%32.13%
22 to 2557.71%42.29%
26 to 2949.95%50.05%
30 to 3337.17%62.83%
34 to 3627.63%72.37%

Note: Based on data from 688,410 ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates who reported whether they need help improving reading speed and comprehension.

1 The ACT College Readiness Benchmark for Reading is 22. For more information about the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, see What Are the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks? (September 2013).


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