- Scores have been falling for six consecutive years but the trend accelerated during the COVID pandemic.
- The average ACT composite score for U S students was out of Last year the average score was The average scores in reading science and math all were below benchmarks the ACT says students must reach to have a high probability of success in first year college courses.
- Many universities have made standardized admissions tests optional amid criticism that they favor the wealthy and put low income students at a disadvantage.
- Some including the University of California system do not consider ACT or SAT scores even if submitted.
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