Average National ACT Scores Down

Aug 19, 10 Average National ACT Scores Down

This year, students slipped on their ACT scores.

Here’s a snippet of the article by Eric Gorski of Associated Press:

Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam inched downward this year, yet slightly more students who took the test proved to be prepared for college, according to a report released Wednesday.

The findings sound contradictory. But the exam’s authors point to a growing and more diverse group of test-takers — many are likely scoring lower overall, but more are also meeting benchmarks used to measure college readiness.

Last spring’s high-school seniors averaged a composite score of 21.0 on the test’s scale of 1 to 36, down slightly from 21.1 last year and the lowest score of the last five years.

At the same time, 24 percent of ACT-tested students met or surpassed all four of the test’s benchmarks measuring their preparedness for college English, reading, math and science. That is up from 23 percent last year and 21 percent in 2006.

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What do I think?

Statistics like these can be a little hard to decipher. They don’t always point toward the simple conclusion that education is slipping. Every year, new tests are crafted by the staff. The tests could be more difficult one year, easier the next, which can cause a brief slump in average scores. It is better to look over a longer trend of data to get a bigger picture.

One thing is for sure, a little bit of ACT preparation goes a LONG way. Don’t go into the test cold. At the very least, take a practice test at home first so that you will know what to expect on the test day. You can also contact me for personalized help in preparing for this and other standardized tests.