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Virginia students beat national averages on ACT test

Virginia students outperformed their peers nationwide on every section of the ACT this past year, according to data released this week.

State students achieved an average score of 22.8 compared with the nationwide average of 21.0. The college admissions exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. Across the state, 26 students achieved a perfect score of 36 on the exam.

Average scores for Virginia students saw increases across all sections of the test, with upticks in math, reading, science and English usage and grammar.

“These results build on long-term trends of higher achievement and increased participation in ACT testing,” state Superintendent Steven Staples said in a statement.

Participation in ACT testing increased by two percentage points this year. Of 2014 Virginia graduates, 28 percent took the ACT, compared to 26 percent the year before. In all, nearly 23,000 graduates took the exam. (These totals include public, private and homeschool students from Virginia.)

Still, the College Board-administered SAT remains the dominant college admissions test in the state. The College Board is expected to release its annual report on SAT results in October.

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