ACT college exam finds average national score continues to decrease
October 16, 2020
The ACT nonprofit organization on Wednesday announced that the national average composite score for its college readiness exam has decreased for the third year in a row.
The organization announced the data in a Wednesday press release, which said that the national average score for the 2020 U.S. high school graduating class was 20.6 out of a possible 36 points, a decrease from the 2019 national average of 20.7 and the lowest average in the past 10 years. 2020 also marks the third year in a row that the national average score has dropped.
The group also found that among “traditionally underserved racial/ethnic groups (i.e., not white or Asian),” the average test composite score decreased from 18 in 2016 to 17.7 in 2020.