State college entrance exam scores just above average

Nevada’s average score on the ACT college entrance exam is slightly better than the national average, although only about one-third of the class of 2012 took the test.

Data released Wednesday show the average Nevada composite test score was 21.3 on a scale of 1 to 36, a little higher than the national average of 21.1.

Testing officials use the scores to measure college readiness, defined as a student having a 50 percent chance of earning a B in a college-level course.

The report found Nevada test-takers were more likely than their peers nationally to be ready for college-level English, reading, and math. They lagged slightly in science.

Overall, 25 percent of Nevada test takers were “college-ready” in all four subjects. That’s the same as the national overall average.


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