Ready for College Course Work ?

Explanation of Display

These graphs show the percentage of students who achieved a combined score of at least 21 on the ACT and therefore are classified as Ready for College Coursework. Click on “View Details” to review students’ readiness for college coursework in the four separate ACT subject areas.

While the composite ACT score is a simple way to gauge college readiness, ACT has determined subject-level benchmarks that more precisely measure college readiness in each individual subject. The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are as follows: English has a benchmark of 18, Mathematics has a benchmark of 22, Reading has a benchmark of 22, and Science has a benchmark of 23.

The chart above shows the percentage of students who meet the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks for each individual subject and also the percentage of students who meet the Benchmarks for all four subjects. District and state averages are shown for comparison.


A college-ready composite score of 21 or higher on the ACT shows that students have learned important academic skills that they will need in order to succeed in college and careers. While academic preparation is an essential part of readiness for college and careers, students also need persistence, motivation, time management, and technical skills.