FARGO – Students who graduated from high school in North Dakota may not be adequately prepared for college, according to a report released Wednesday from the American College Testing company.
North Dakota’s graduating class of 2013 high school seniors who took the ACT college readiness assessment had an average composite score of 20.5 – slightly lower than the national average of 20.9.
While the scores indicate North Dakota students might be behind the rest of the nation, their ACT scores generally meet admissions standards for the state’s colleges and universities.
The four-part ACT test assesses students in reading, English, math and science reasoning. Composite scores, the average of the four single subject scores, range from 1 to 36.
ACT created college readiness benchmarks using students’ scores to determine how high a student would have to score on each ACT subtest to have a 75 percent chance of achieving a C-grade or better in the corresponding entry-level college class.