ACT and SAT scores in the United States

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The following charts display the average ACT (American College Testing) assessment and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores for all the states and the District of Columbia. The ACT scores are out of 36 possible points, and the SAT scores are for three tests with a total of 2400 possible points. The percentage of students in a state that take a test affects the overall averages for the state and should be taken into consideration when comparing state averages. Thus, for example, in states where the participation rate for taking the SAT is low, the average may be higher because the students taking the test probably rank relatively high in their class and are applying to more selective institutions of higher education.

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2012 ACT National and State Scores
State Percent of Graduates Tested Average Composite Score Average English Score Average Math Score Average Reading Score Average Science Score
Alabama 86 20.3 20.3 19.6 20.7 20.1
Alaska 35 21.2 20.3 21.3 21.8 20.8
Arizona 35 19.7 18.6 20.3 19.7 19.5
Arkansas 88 20.3 20 20 20.6 20.1
California 25 22.1 21.6 22.8 22.1 21.5
Colorado 100 20.6 19.9 20.5 20.7 20.8
Connecticut 27 23.8 23.9 23.8 23.9 23.2
Delaware 14 22.6 22.3 22.4 23 22.1
District of Columbia 32 19.7 19 20 20 19.2
Florida 70 19.8 18.9 20 20.5 19.3
Georgia 52 20.7 20.1 20.6 21 20.5
Hawaii 27 21.3 20.5 21.9 21.2 21.1
Idaho 67 21.6 21 21.3 22.1 21.4
Illinois 100 20.9 20.5 21 20.7 20.8
Indiana 32 22.3 21.7 22.5 22.6 21.9
Iowa 63 22.1 21.6 21.7 22.5 22.2
Kansas 81 21.9 21.3 21.8 22.3 21.7
Kentucky 100 19.8 19.5 19.4 20.2 19.8
Louisiana 100 20.3 20.4 19.9 20.4 20.1
Maine 9 23.4 23.5 23.3 23.7 22.7
Maryland 21 22.1 21.6 22.2 22.3 21.7
Massachusetts 23 24.1 23.9 24.5 24.2 23.2
Michigan 100 20.1 19.3 20.1 20 20.4
Minnesota 74 22.8 22.1 23 22.9 22.7
Mississippi 100 18.7 18.6 18.3 18.9 18.7
Missouri 75 21.6 21.4 21.1 21.9 21.5
Montana 61 22 21.1 21.9 22.6 22
Nebraska 78 22 21.8 21.7 22.3 21.9
Nevada 34 21.3 20.5 21.4 21.6 21.1
New Hampshire 19 23.8 23.6 23.7 24.2 23.3
New Jersey 20 23.4 23.1 23.9 23.4 22.6
New Mexico 75 19.9 19 19.6 20.3 20
New York 29 23.3 22.7 23.7 23.4 23.1
North Carolina 20 21.9 21 22.3 22.2 21.4
North Dakota 100 20.7 19.6 21 20.7 20.9
Ohio 71 21.8 21.1 21.5 22.1 21.8
Oklahoma 80 20.7 20.4 20.1 21.3 20.6
Oregon 38 21.4 20.6 21.6 21.8 21.3
Pennsylvania 18 22.4 22 22.7 22.7 21.9
Rhode Island 13 22.9 22.9 22.7 23.5 22.3
South Carolina 57 20.2 19.5 20.2 20.4 20.1
South Dakota 81 21.8 21 21.8 22.1 22
Tennessee 100 19.7 19.6 19.1 19.9 19.6
Texas 39 20.8 19.6 21.4 20.8 20.8
Utah 97 20.7 20 20.3 21.3 20.8
Vermont 28 23 22.6 22.9 23.3 22.6
Virginia 25 22.4 22.1 22.3 22.7 21.9
Washington 21 22.9 22.3 23.1 23.3 22.4
West Virginia 68 20.6 20.6 19.6 21.3 20.5
Wisconsin 71 22.1 21.5 22 22.1 22.1
Wyoming 100 20.3 19.2 20.2 20.5 20.6
United States 52 21.1 20.5 21.1 21.3 20.9
Note: In spring 2011, all public high school 11th graders in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming were tested with the ACT as required by each state. Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming students who met ACT's 2012 graduating class criteria are included in the 2012 graduating class average score results. Consistent with ACT's reporting policies, graduating class test results are reported only for students tested under standard time conditions. Source: ACT "2012 States Data"