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ACT Score Percentiles

Understanding Your Score

What score should I aim for?

The ACT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall score (out of 36). Your percentile rank tells you how you did on the ACT compared to other test-takers. For example, if you have a percentile ranking of 90, it means that you scored higher than 90% of other students who took that test.

 

For most competitive universities, we recommend trying to score at least within the 95th percentile.

Composite ScorePercentile Ranking
33 - 3699
3298
3197
3095
2993
2890
2787
2683
2579
2474
2368

Understanding Your Score

What are Section Score Percentiles?

The ACT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall composite score as well as for each of the four section scores: English, Math, Reading and Science.

 

he following table is the most recent data regarding 2017-2018 percentile statistics from ACT.org.

ScoreCompositeEnglishMathReadingScience
369999999999
359999999999
349998999999
339997989798
329895979598
319794969397
309592959095
299390938794
289088918493
278785888190
268382847887
257979797586
247474737277
236869676670
226264616163
215658565656
204951524848
194244474239
183639423632
172935363026
162331272521
151726152016
14122061612
137162119
12412176

Score Percentiles

Understanding Your Score

What score should I aim for?

The ACT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall score (out of 36). Your percentile rank tells you how you did on the ACT compared to other test-takers. For example, if you have a percentile ranking of 90, it means that you scored higher than 90% of other students who took that test.

 

For most competitive universities, we recommend trying to score at least within the 95th percentile.

Composite ScorePercentile Ranking
33 - 3699
3298
3197
3095
2993
2890
2787
2683
2579
2474
2368

Section Percentiles

Understanding Your Score

What are Section Score Percentiles?

The ACT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall composite score as well as for each of the four section scores: English, Math, Reading and Science.

 

he following table is the most recent data regarding 2017-2018 percentile statistics from ACT.org.

ScoreCompositeEnglishMathReadingScience
369999999999
359999999999
349998999999
339997989798
329895979598
319794969397
309592959095
299390938794
289088918493
278785888190
268382847887
257979797586
247474737277
236869676670
226264616163
215658565656
204951524848
194244474239
183639423632
172935363026
162331272521
151726152016
14122061612
137162119
12412176