Undated (AP) A new report shows slightly lower average scores on the ACT college entrance exam for the high school class of 2008.
And the number of students taking the test this year jumped by nine percent compared to last year.
The results reveal that more than three-in-four test-takers will likely need remedial help in at least one subject to succeed in college. But the ACT'S creators say it's good news that average scores held nearly steady even as more students took the exam. That
Means the total number who've earned benchmark scores showing they're ready for college-level work is rising.
On a scale of one to 36, the average ACT composite score was 21.1 for the class of 2008, compared to 21.2 a year ago. A record 1.42 million of this year's high school graduates took the ACT. That's 43 percent.