Posted on October 12, 2023

ACT Test Scores Fall to Lowest Levels in 32 Years

April Rubin, Axios, October 11, 2023

The class of 2023 had the worst ACT performance in more than three decades, according to newly released data from the nonprofit that administers the college admissions test.


By the numbers: The 2023 composite score, an average of the scores for the English, math, reading and science sections, was 19.5 out of 36.

  • This was the lowest since at least 1991, Allie Ciaramella, a spokesperson for the nonprofit, told Axios on Wednesday.
  • It sunk slightly lower than the 2022 score of 19.8, which had been a 30-year low, as well.

Driving the news: More than four in 10 seniors don’t meet any of the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks, the testing organization said on Tuesday. {snip}

  • Average scores have been declining for six consecutive years, ACT CEO Janet Godwin said in a statement.