The American College Testing Program’s ACT college admissions test was taken by 1,924,436 students in the high school graduating class of 2015. This is a 19 percent increase since 2011. Nearly 60 percent of all high school seniors take the ACT test.
In 2015, 252,566 Black students who were in the high school graduating class took the ACT test. This is up from 233, 383 Black student test takers in 2011.
The average composite score for Black test takers on the ACT was 17.1. (The ACT is graded on a scale of 1 to 36.) The average score for Blacks was lower than for any other racial or ethnic group including American Indians, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders. The average composite score for Whites in 2015 was 22.4.
On the optional writing test of the ACT, the average score for Blacks was 15.9, compared to an average White score of 21.8. Thus, the racial scoring gap on the writing ACT test is greater than on the standard ACT.
The racial gap in ACT scores has remained relatively constant for many years, with only slight fluctuations.