ACT Scores Reaction -- A Different Test, Not a Better One


National Center for Fair & Open Testing

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Jesse Mermell: (857) 350-8207

Bob Schaeffer: (239) 395-6773


for use with annual ACT score release -- 12:01am Wednesday, August 13, 2008



2005 College Bound Seniors Average ACT Scores

Approximately 1.19 million test takers, of whom 56% were female



2007 Average ACT Scores


Approximately 1.3 million test takers

ACT "Smokescreen" Focuses on Small Annual Score Changes but Hides Strong Link Between Test Results and Family Income

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
Cell (239) 699-0468 for use with annual ACT score release -- 12:01am Wednesday, August 15, 2007

ACT & SAT Yearly Information

See below for a yearly archive of FairTest analysis and reaction to score trends and breakdowns of the yearly ACT/SAT result releases.


2019: 2019 College-Bound Seniors SAT Scores

2019: FairTest Reacts to the 2019 SAT Scores: Gaps Between Demographic Groups Grows Larger

Different Tests, Same Flaws: A Comparison of the SAT, SAT II and ACT

Recent debate in college admissions has centered on a critique of the SAT I in favor of the SAT II and/or ACT. Proponents of these alternatives argue that the SAT I is primarily an aptitude test measuring some vague concept of "inherent ability," while the SAT II and ACT are more closely tied to what students learn in high school. However, while the origins of the exams and the rhetoric test-makers offer may differ, the SAT I, SAT II, and ACT present many of the same flaws and shortcomings.

The ACT: Biased, Inaccurate, and Misused

What is the ACT?

More than a million high school students take the ACT (formerly known as the American College Testing Program Assessment) each year. Like the SAT, the ACT is a standardized multiple-choice test meant to predict first-year college grades. While the SAT predominates on the East and West Coasts, the ACT is more common in the Midwest, Southwest, and Deep South.

Two More Colleges Drop ACT/SAT Requirements

It's a list that just keeps growing. Lake Forest College in Illinois and Salisbury University in Maryland have joined the ranks of undergraduate programs which do not require substantial numbers of applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores before admissions decisions are made. Their new policies bring the total of test-optional schools to 734, more than a quarter of all four-year, accredited institutions recognized by the federal government.

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Minimal Changes in SAT and ACT Admissions Scores Show High School Graduation Testing Has Not Improved

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
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Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207

for release with SAT College Bound Seniors scores, Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"Minor score changes on the SAT and ACT exams by this year's high school graduates again demonstrate the failure of the test-and-punish approach to meaningfully improve the quality of our public schools," according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

ACT Misused for School Ratings, Accreditation, Accountability; Test-Taker Increase Boosted by Company-Sanctioned Score Abuse

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

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