For high school graduates from 2016, 2017, and 2018, a score of 17 was below the threshold “College Readiness Benchmark Scores” for all sections of the ACT. A composite score of 17 was at the 32nd cumulative percent (on the English Test, a 17 was at the 39th cumulative percent; on the Mathematics Test, the 40th cumulative percent; on the Reading Test, the 31st cumulative percent; on the Science Test, the 29th cumulative percent).
Thus, for most students, 17 is not a good score. ACT scores, however, should always be assessed within the context of individual goals. Keep in mind that many students do not achieve their goal the first time they take the test, and that rigorous practice and long-term study of the tested concepts can help students substantially improve their scores.
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