Average ACT composite scores

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Definitions: This indicator represents average American College Testing Program scores of graduating public high school seniors in respective geographic areas. ACT scores are designed to predict a student’s potential for success in college. The highest possible score one can obtain on the ACT exam is 36.

Data Source: ACT, Inc., Department of Program Evaluation and Institutional Research Services, Research Division.

Footnotes: GEOGRAPHY - Data reflect the location of the public high school, not the student's place of residence. DATE - Public high school graduating class of reference year. NOTE: A law passed by the 2009 North Dakota Legislative Assembly requires high school juniors to take the ACT or the WorkKeys assessment (i.e., a job skills assessment system measuring "real-world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success). The first test under the mandate was in April 2010, affecting the 2011 scores. LIMITATIONS - Data are suppressed in counties where there is only one public high school and in counties where there are no ACT-tested students in the graduating class.