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Virginia's average ACT scores virtually unchanged

Wednesday - 8/22/2012, 9:24am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Average scores on the ACT exam held steady for Virginia's 2012 graduating class.

Virginia's average composite score was 22.4 on a scale of 1 to 36. That's up slightly from 22.3 a year ago. The scores were released Wednesday.

The average national composite store was 21.1.

Only a quarter of Virginia's graduating students took the ACT.

Nationally, it was the first year in which more than half of graduates took the ACT. Traditionally the ACT has been a rival college entrance exam to the SAT, but it is now taken by almost all students in nine states, and by at least 60 percent of graduates in 26 states.

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