Published Online: August 20, 2014

ND students' ACT scores below national average

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota students continue to score slightly below the national average on the ACT college entrance exam.

Students in the state had an average composite score this year of 20.6, below the national average of 21.0. The state score was up from 20.5 last year.

The ACT tests students in the areas of English, math, reading and science. The best possible score on the exam is 36. The test is commonly used by colleges and universities as a benchmark for college readiness and entrance.

One-hundred percent of North Dakota's 2014 graduating class took the exam.

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