ACT scores fall as all NC students take test

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RALEIGH — North Carolina parents and educators are getting a clearer picture of how prepared high school students are for college-level work, and the answer is that students on average are below their peers nationwide, according to WTVD.

The company behind the ACT college admission test said Wednesday that the average score fell on the exam taken in spring 2012, the first time North Carolina required all high school juniors to take it.

The statewide average of 18.7 points in the test of English, math, reading, and science knowledge was below the national average of 20.9. North Carolina’s average composite score fell from 21.9 points last year, when just one in five North Carolina students chose to take the ACT.

ACT is a 1-36 scale. The minimum entrance requirement for UNC is 17, for example.

Class of 2013 (took the ACT as juniors):

  • Guilford County Schools average (100% participation): 18.0
  • North Carolina average: 18.2

Final 2013 graduate numbers (includes anyone who decided to retake the test)

  • GCS avg: 18.2
  • NC avg: 18.7
  • U.S. avg: 20.9

Class of 2014 (just took ACT as juniors, 100% participation)

  • GCS avg: 18.4
  • NC avg: 18.4

WTVD contributed to this report

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