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285. ACT Program Scores and Characteristics of College-Bound Students

[For academic year ending in year shown. Except as indicated, test scores and characteristics of college-bound students. Through 1984, data based on 10 percent sample; thereafter, based on all ACT tested graduating seniors]

 
TYPE OF TEST AND
CHARACTERISTIC Unit 1970 1975 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1 1991 1 1992 1 1993 1 1994 1 1995 1 1996 1 1997 1 1998 1 1999 1
 
TEST SCORES 2
 
Composite Point 19.9 18.6 18.5 18.5 18.4 18.3 18.5 18.6 18.8 18.7 18.8 18.6 20.6 20.6 20.6 20.7 20.8 20.8 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.0
  Male Point 20.3 19.5 19.3 19.3 19.2 19.1 19.3 19.4 19.6 19.5 19.6 19.3 21.0 20.9 20.9 21.0 20.9 21.0 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.1
  Female Point 19.4 17.8 17.9 17.8 17.8 17.6 17.9 17.9 18.1 18.1 18.1 18.0 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.5 20.7 20.7 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9
 
English Point 18.5 17.7 17.9 17.8 17.9 17.8 18.1 18.1 18.5 18.4 18.5 18.4 20.5 20.3 20.2 20.3 20.3 20.2 20.3 20.3 20.4 20.5
  Male Point 17.6 17.1 17.3 17.3 17.3 17.3 17.5 17.6 17.9 17.9 18.0 17.8 20.1 19.8 19.8 19.8 19.8 19.8 19.8 19.9 19.9 20.0
  Female Point 19.4 18.3 18.3 18.2 18.4 18.2 18.6 18.6 18.9 18.9 19.0 18.9 20.9 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.7 20.6 20.7 20.7 20.8 20.9
Math Point 20.0 17.6 17.4 17.3 17.2 16.9 17.3 17.2 17.3 17.2 17.2 17.1 19.9 20.0 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.2 20.2 20.6 20.8 20.7
  Male Point 21.1 19.3 18.9 18.9 18.6 18.4 18.6 18.6 18.8 18.6 18.4 18.3 20.7 20.6 20.7 20.8 20.8 20.9 20.9 21.3 21.5 21.4
  Female Point 18.8 16.2 16.2 16.0 16.0 15.7 16.1 16.0 16.0 16.1 16.1 16.1 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.6 19.7 19.7 20.1 20.2 20.2
Reading 3 Point 19.7 17.4 17.2 17.2 17.3 17.1 17.3 17.4 17.6 17.5 17.4 17.2 (NA) 21.2 21.1 21.2 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.4
  Male Point 20.3 18.7 18.2 18.3 18.1 18.0 18.1 18.3 18.6 18.4 18.4 18.1 (NA) 21.3 21.1 21.2 21.1 21.1 21.0 21.2 21.1 21.1
  Female Point 19.0 16.4 16.4 16.4 16.6 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.9 16.7 16.6 16.4 (NA) 21.1 21.1 21.2 21.4 21.4 21.6 21.5 21.6 21.6
Science reasoning 4 Point 20.8 21.1 21.1 21.0 20.8 20.9 21.0 21.2 21.4 21.4 21.4 21.2 (NA) 20.7 20.7 20.8 20.9 21.0 21.1 21.1 21.1 21.0
  Male Point 21.6 22.4 22.4 22.3 22.2 22.4 22.4 22.6 22.7 22.8 22.8 22.6 (NA) 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.6 21.7 21.7 21.8 21.5
  Female Point 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 19.7 19.6 19.9 20.0 20.2 20.1 20.2 20.0 (NA) 20.1 20.1 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.5 20.6 20.6 20.6
 
PARTICIPANTS 5  
 
Total 6 1,000 788 714 822 836 805 835 849 739 730 777 842 855 817 796 832 876 892 945 925 959 995 1,019
  Male Percent 52 46 45 45 45 46 46 46 46 46 46 46 46 45 45 45 45 44 44 44 43 43
  White Percent (NA) 77 83 83 83 82 82 82 82 81 81 80 79 78 78 77 76 75 77 76 76 76
  Black Percent 4 7 8 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11
 
Obtaining composite scores 7
  of-- 7
  27 or above Percent 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 12 11 12 12 13 13 13 14 14 14
  18 or below Percent 21 33 33 33 34 35 33 32 31 31 31 32 35 35 35 35 34 34 34 33 33 33
 
Planned educational major:
  Business 8 Percent 18 21 20 19 19 18 19 21 22 23 23 22 20 18 17 15 14 14 13 11 12 11
  Engineering Percent 8 6 8 10 11 10 9 9 9 8 9 9 9 10 11 10 9 9 9 8 7 7
  Social science 9 Percent 10 9 6 6 6 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 9 9
  Education Percent 16 12 9 7 6 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 8 10 9 9 10 9 9 9 10 10



NA Not available. 1 Beginning 1990, not comparable with previous years because a new version of the ACT was introduced. Estimated average composite scores for prior years: 1989, 20.6; 1988, 1987, and 1986, 20.8.
2 Minimum score, 1; maximum score, 36.
3 Prior to 1990, social studies; data not comparable with previous years.
4 Prior to 1990, natural sciences; data not comparable with previous years.
5 Beginning 1985, data are for seniors who graduated in year shown and had taken the ACT in their junior or senior years. Data by race are for those responding to the race question.
6 788 represents 788,000.
7 Prior to 1990, 26 or above and 15 or below.
8 Includes political and persuasive (e.g. sales) fields through 1975; 1976-89 business and commerce; thereafter, business and management and business and office.
9 Includes religion through 1975.

Source: ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA, High School Profile Report, annual.

http://www.act.org/



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These tables are based on figures supplied by the United States Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce and are subject to revision by the Census Bureau.

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