Average ACT Score: What is ACT Score Range?

The average ACT score can vary depending on the source and year reported, but here’s some recent information:

Overall Average:

  • 19.5 (2023): This is the most commonly cited average based on the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
  • 20.6 (2023): Reported by Yocket, which may include additional test-takers beyond the NCES data.

Individual Section Averages:

  • English: 19.6
  • Reading: 19.7
  • Mathematics: 19.2
  • Science: 19.6

Score Range:

  • Each section is scored on a scale of 1-36.
  • The composite score is the sum of the four section scores, ranging from 4-36.


  • The average score is just a benchmark. A “good” score depends on your individual goals and the colleges you’re considering.
  • Scores tend to vary by state, gender, and other factors.

Here are some helpful resources for further information:

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