Average ACT Score by State

The American College Testing (“ACT”) is a standardized test used for undergraduate admissions for American colleges and universities. The ACT is broken up into five sections with their own score: math, science, english, reading, and writing. Those scores are then taken and run through an algorithm to reach a composite score. The composite score ranges from 1–36.

The ACT, administered by a nonprofit of the same name, is designed to measure the general education development of high school students and assess their capability to complete college-level work. Scores are designed to provide an indicator of “college readiness” by testing students on entry-level college courses, including algebra, English, biology, humanities, and social sciences. 

The ACT is accepted by every four-year college and university in the United States, as well as some schools internationally. Schools will often accept either the ACT or SAT, or both.

Learn for yourself how the average ACT score differs by state by looking at the data in the charts.

Average ACT Score by State

Alabama - Average ACT Score

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18.7

#45 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,159

#20 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

21%

#48 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

23%

#47 in the US

Alaska - Average ACT Score

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20.6

#25 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,119

#27 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

41%

#24 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

38%

#25 in the US

Arizona - Average ACT Score

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19.8

#36 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,181

#19 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

35%

#31 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

32%

#36 in the US

Arkansas - Average ACT Score

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19

#37 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,194

#16 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

23%

#46 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

26%

#44 in the US

California - Average ACT Score

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26.1

#3 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,057

#37 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

72%

#5 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

68%

#6 in the US

Colorado - Average ACT Score

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23.6

#17 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,072

#33 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

59%

#17 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

56%

#17 in the US

Connecticut - Average ACT Score

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27.2

#1 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,072

#34 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

78%

#2 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

76%

#2 in the US

Delaware - Average ACT Score

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25.7

#6 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

984

#51 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

66%

#14 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

68%

#7 in the US

District of Columbia - Average ACT Score

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25.6

#7 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

987

#49 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

66%

#15 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

66%

#10 in the US

Florida - Average ACT Score

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20.4

#26 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

993

#48 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

34%

#35 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

35%

#33 in the US

Georgia - Average ACT Score

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22.6

#21 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,086

#31 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

50%

#21 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

48%

#21 in the US

Hawaii - Average ACT Score

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18.2

#46 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,144

#23 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

22%

#47 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

23%

#48 in the US

Idaho - Average ACT Score

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23

#18 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

985

#50 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

53%

#20 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

51%

#20 in the US

Illinois - Average ACT Score

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25.2

#8 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,007

#44 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

68%

#8 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

65%

#12 in the US

Indiana - Average ACT Score

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23.1

#19 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,095

#30 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

57%

#18 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

52%

#19 in the US

Iowa - Average ACT Score

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21.5

#22 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,243

#4 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

41%

#25 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

44%

#24 in the US

Kansas - Average ACT Score

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19.9

#38 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,219

#9 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

32%

#38 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

32%

#37 in the US

Kentucky - Average ACT Score

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19.2

#39 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,207

#13 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

27%

#42 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

26%

#45 in the US

Louisiana - Average ACT Score

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18.4

#47 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,188

#17 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

20%

#49 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

23%

#49 in the US

Maine - Average ACT Score

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25.6

#9 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,099

#29 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

72%

#6 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

69%

#5 in the US

Maryland - Average ACT Score

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25.5

#10 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,073

#32 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

67%

#11 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

65%

#13 in the US

Massachusetts - Average ACT Score

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27.6

#2 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,184

#18 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

81%

#1 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

79%

#1 in the US

Michigan - Average ACT Score

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25.1

#11 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,031

#42 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

68%

#9 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

65%

#14 in the US

Minnesota - Average ACT Score

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21.6

#23 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,263

#1 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

48%

#22 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

45%

#22 in the US

Mississippi - Average ACT Score

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18.1

#48 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,202

#14 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

18%

#51 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

19%

#51 in the US

Missouri - Average ACT Score

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20.6

#27 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,219

#10 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

35%

#32 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

36%

#29 in the US

Montana - Average ACT Score

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20.4

#28 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,225

#7 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

36%

#29 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

36%

#30 in the US

Nebraska - Average ACT Score

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20

#29 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,246

#3 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

33%

#36 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

35%

#34 in the US

Nevada - Average ACT Score

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17.8

#51 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,195

#15 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

20%

#50 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

20%

#50 in the US

New Hampshire - Average ACT Score

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26.6

#4 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,065

#36 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

75%

#4 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

71%

#4 in the US

New Jersey - Average ACT Score

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25.1

#12 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,125

#24 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

67%

#12 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

62%

#16 in the US

New Mexico - Average ACT Score

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20.7

#30 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

996

#47 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

36%

#30 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

37%

#27 in the US

New York - Average ACT Score

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26.3

#5 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,057

#38 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

76%

#3 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

73%

#3 in the US

North Carolina - Average ACT Score

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18.9

#49 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,150

#22 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

29%

#41 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

27%

#43 in the US

North Dakota - Average ACT Score

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19.6

#40 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,258

#2 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

35%

#33 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

32%

#38 in the US

Ohio - Average ACT Score

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19.6

#41 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,048

#39 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

33%

#37 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

31%

#40 in the US

Oklahoma - Average ACT Score

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19.7

#42 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,042

#40 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

26%

#43 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

29%

#41 in the US

Oregon - Average ACT Score

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20.6

#31 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,119

#28 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

38%

#26 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

38%

#26 in the US

Pennsylvania - Average ACT Score

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25

#13 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,123

#26 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

67%

#13 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

64%

#15 in the US

Rhode Island - Average ACT Score

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25.8

#14 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,011

#43 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

70%

#7 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

67%

#8 in the US

South Carolina - Average ACT Score

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18.6

#50 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,036

#41 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

25%

#44 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

26%

#46 in the US

South Dakota - Average ACT Score

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21.6

#24 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,215

#11 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

46%

#23 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

45%

#23 in the US

Tennessee - Average ACT Score

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19.1

#43 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,220

#8 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

25%

#45 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

28%

#42 in the US

Texas - Average ACT Score

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20.1

#32 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,003

#46 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

35%

#34 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

34%

#35 in the US

Utah - Average ACT Score

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20.6

#33 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,238

#5 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

38%

#27 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

37%

#28 in the US

Vermont - Average ACT Score

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24.7

#16 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,124

#25 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

62%

#16 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

66%

#11 in the US

Virginia - Average ACT Score

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25.5

#15 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,151

#21 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

68%

#10 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

67%

#9 in the US

Washington - Average ACT Score

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23.6

#20 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,072

#35 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

57%

#19 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

55%

#18 in the US

West Virginia - Average ACT Score

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20.8

#34 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,007

#45 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

32%

#39 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

36%

#31 in the US

Wisconsin - Average ACT Score

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20

#35 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,215

#12 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

37%

#28 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

36%

#32 in the US

Wyoming - Average ACT Score

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19.8

#44 in the US

AVERAGE SAT SCOREShelp

1,233

#6 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT MATH BENCHMARKhelp

32%

#40 in the US

STUDENTS MEETING ACT SCIENCE BENCHMARKhelp

32%

#39 in the US