What Is a Passing ACT Test Score?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 15, 2020 10:22:05 PM ET
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ACT does not have a passing score, but the average ACT score is a 21 on a scale of 1 to 36. Nearly all students attending top universities score in the upper 20s or lower 30s. The lower the ACT average is for admitted students, the less prestigious the college.

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The four sections of the ACT are English, Math, Science and Reading. The score is an average of the four scores a test-taker receives on the four different sections of the ACT. Since the score is an average, scoring low on one or more sections brings down the overall composite score.