Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020

GCS Students Score Above State Average on ACT Test

ACT test results for the GCS graduating class of 2020 are in! The average composite score for Greenville County seniors was 19.8 on the ACTs 36-point scale. That’s higher than the state average of 18.1, but slightly lower than the national average of 20.6. However, Riverside, Eastside, J.L. Mann and Greenville High scored higher than the national average of 20.6. (On the SAT test, GCS students scored 8 points higher than the national average and 19 points higher than the state average.) The ACT subject test with the highest average score was Reading (20.5), followed by Science (19.9), Math (19.6), and English (18.7). The number of GCS seniors who took the ACT decreased from 2019 (2,727) to 2020 (2,545). This decrease was the result of student choice on the college entrance exam. In 2018, 11th grade students were given the opportunity by the South Carolina State Department of Education to participate in one no-cost school day test administration of either the ACT or SAT.

ACT

Institute

Year

# Tested

English

Mathematics

Reading

Science

Composite

GCS*

2019

2,727

19.1

19.8

20.5

20.0

20.0

GCS

2020

2,545

18.7

19.6

20.5

19.9

19.8

SC*

2019

33,834

17.5

18.5

19.0

18.7

18.6

SC

2020

32,330

16.9

18.0

18.7

18.4

18.1

Nation

2019

1,782,820

20.1

20.4

21.2

20.6

20.7

Nation

2020

1,670,497

19.9

20.2

21.2

20.6

20.6


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