Texans take ACT admissions test in record number

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Aug. 22, 2012

 

 Texans take ACT admissions test in record number  

 

AUSTIN- The number of Texas students taking the ACT college admissions test reached an all-time high this year, with Hispanic participation doubling over the past five years. The composite score on the ACT was 20.8, which was unchanged from last year even though 8,611 more Texans took the test.

The test results also showed that Texans in the Class of 2012 were better prepared for college algebra courses than were students nationally.  Forty-eight percent of the Texas students met the ACT college readiness benchmark on the mathematics test, which indicates a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher in a college course or a 75 percent chance of obtaining at least a grade of C. Nationally, 46 percent of the test takers met this same ACT benchmark.

ACT participation in Texas grew by 39 percent between 2008 and 2012, compared to a 17 percent increase nationally.  A total of 110,180 students in the Texas graduating Class of 2012 took the ACT compared to 79,050 in 2008.

Nationally, the number of test takers rose from 1.42 million to 1.67 million during this period.

The growth in Texas was particularly strong for two student groups. The number of Hispanic students who took the ACT rose from 20,198 in 2008 to 40,827 in 2012.  The number of Asian students in Texas who took the exam rose from 2,897 to 4,746 during this five-year period.

Even with the rapid rise in participation, the composite test score for Texans rose from 20.7 in 2008 to 20.8 today. The score has been stable since 2009. The 2012 national score this year was 21.1, unchanged from 2008 levels. A perfect score on the ACT is 36.

Below is a comparison of the 2012 and 2011 results for the four components of the test.

   

Subject

Texas

USA

English

 

 

2011

19.6

20.6

2012

19.6

20.5

Math

 

 

2011

21.5

21.1

2012

21.4

21.1

Reading

 

 

2011

20.7

21.3

2012

20.8

21.3

Science

 

 

2011

20.8

20.9

2012

20.8

20.9

Composite

 

 

2011

20.8

21.1

2012

20.8

21.1

 

The top 10 Texas universities being sent scores by ACT test takers are, in descending order:

  1. Texas A&M University – College Station
  2. The University of Texas at Austin
  3. Texas Tech University
  4. Texas State University
  5. Baylor University
  6. The University of Texas at San Antonio
  7. The University of Texas – Pan American
  8. University of North Texas
  9. University of Houston – Main Campus
  10. Texas Christian University