Average Act Score By State 2019

The ACT is a standardized exam used for college admissions in the United States. The exam covers four academic areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT also has an optional writing portion.

Many universities require prospective students to take either the ACT or SAT, as standardized tests are believed to be one of the most effective tools for predicting a student’s success in college. Many schools accept both scores, and typically there is no preference of one exam over the other.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36, with 36 being the highest possible score. This scored is calculated by averaging the scaled scores from each of the four subject areas. The scaled scores are translated from the raw score of each section, which is the total number of correct answers. Any averages with decimals are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Millions of students take the ACT every year. In 2018, only 3,741 students scored a 36 on the exam

The score a student receives corresponds to a percentile that compares how you did to the rest of the population of test-takers. Most scores are a little below or a little above the average score. The average ACT score is 20.8. Therefore if you receive a 24 composite score, you are in the 74th percentile and scored higher than 74% of test-takers.

A “good” score depends on the individual since each person usually has a goal score to achieve to get into the school they plan to apply for. The ACT can be taken and retaken up to 12 times and is administered seven times per year.

Connecticut has the highest average ACT score of 25.6. Nevada has the lowest average ACT score of 17.7.

The states with the ten highest average ACT scores are:

  1. Connecticut (25.6)
  2. Massachusetts (25.5)
  3. New Hampshire (25.1)
  4. New York (24.5)
  5. Michigan (24.4)
  6. Rhode Island (24.2)
  7. Vermont (24.1)
  8. Maine (24)
  9. Virginia, Illinois, Colorado (23.9)
  10. Delaware (23.8)
State Average ACT Score % Meeting English Benchmark % Meeting Reading Benchmark % Meeting Math Benchmark % Meeting Science Benchmark 2019 Pop.
Connecticut25.690.00%75.00%71.00%67.00%3,567,871
Massachusetts25.588.00%74.00%74.00%66.00%6,939,373
New Hampshire25.188.00%73.00%72.00%64.00%1,363,852
New York24.583.00%68.00%67.00%62.00%19,491,339
Michigan24.484.00%67.00%65.00%60.00%10,020,472
Rhode Island24.285.00%69.00%64.00%58.00%1,056,738
Vermont24.183.00%69.00%63.00%60.00%627,180
Maine2484.00%69.00%64.00%56.00%1,342,097
Colorado23.982.00%65.00%61.00%57.00%5,770,545
Virginia23.980.00%66.00%60.00%57.00%8,571,946
Illinois23.982.00%64.00%61.00%55.00%12,700,381
Delaware23.879.00%64.00%59.00%56.00%975,033
District of Columbia23.670.00%60.00%54.00%51.00%711,571
Pennsylvania23.580.00%64.00%60.00%55.00%12,813,969
California22.772.00%56.00%53.00%46.00%39,747,267
Maryland22.569.00%57.00%50.00%47.00%6,062,917
Indiana22.573.00%57.00%53.00%47.00%6,718,616
Idaho22.373.00%58.00%49.00%46.00%1,790,182
Washington22.265.00%54.00%52.00%47.00%7,666,343
South Dakota21.968.00%54.00%49.00%46.00%892,631
Iowa21.870.00%54.00%44.00%45.00%3,167,997
Kansas21.667.00%52.00%44.00%41.00%2,910,931
Georgia21.465.00%49.00%40.00%39.00%10,627,767
Oregon21.363.00%49.00%43.00%40.00%4,245,901
Minnesota21.360.00%48.00%47.00%42.00%5,655,925
Alaska20.860.00%49.00%42.00%36.00%735,720
Texas20.656.00%44.00%39.00%35.00%29,087,070
Wisconsin20.559.00%42.00%40.00%36.00%5,832,661
Utah20.458.00%43.00%36.00%34.00%3,221,610
North Dakota20.357.00%43.00%39.00%34.00%760,900
West Virginia20.361.00%46.00%30.00%32.00%1,791,951
Ohio20.355.00%43.00%38.00%35.00%11,718,568
Kentucky20.259.00%43.00%33.00%32.00%4,484,047
Nebraska20.156.00%40.00%35.00%33.00%1,940,919
Wyoming2055.00%41.00%33.00%33.00%572,381
Montana2052.00%41.00%35.00%32.00%1,074,532
Missouri2056.00%41.00%33.00%32.00%6,147,861
Florida19.953.00%43.00%32.00%29.00%21,646,155
Tennessee19.654.00%38.00%28.00%28.00%6,833,793
New Mexico19.448.00%37.00%28.00%27.00%2,096,034
Arkansas19.453.00%36.00%27.00%26.00%3,026,412
Oklahoma19.350.00%39.00%26.00%26.00%3,948,950
Louisiana19.253.00%35.00%24.00%25.00%4,652,581
Arizona19.247.00%35.00%32.00%27.00%7,275,070
Alabama19.151.00%35.00%23.00%24.00%4,898,246
North Carolina19.146.00%35.00%31.00%25.00%10,497,741
Hawaii18.948.00%32.00%28.00%24.00%1,416,589
Mississippi18.647.00%29.00%21.00%20.00%2,987,895
South Carolina18.342.00%30.00%24.00%20.00%5,147,111
Nevada17.738.00%27.00%21.00%18.00%3,087,025