ACT Scores Improve; More on East Coast Taking the SAT’s Rival
More East Coast students are opting to take the ACT college-entrance exam, its producer reports, with some observers attributing the trend to the ever more competitive atmosphere for admissions and the mandatory writing test on the rival SAT.
The test from the Iowa-City, Iowa-based ACT Inc. has traditionally been more popular in the Midwest and the Deep South, but this year a handful of East Coast states, where the SAT still dominates, saw double-digit increases in the number of ACT test-takers.
The trend was evident from participation numbers contained in the ACT’s annual score report, released Aug. 16. The report showed that this year’s high school graduates scored slightly higher on the ACT than the class of 2005 did, but that a majority of test-takers are still likely to struggle with mathematics and science...
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