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Montana Sees Drop In ACT Scores

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A recent ACT college readiness report shows Montana high school students have a lot of room for improvement before they hit college. Only 23% of Montana students met ACT college readiness benchmarks, compared to 26% nationwide.

Montana's lowest section score was in English. High school students averaged 19 out of a maximum 36 points.

Although every student is different, Randy Morrison, Bozeman director of Sylvan Learning, says there's one thing college bound students consistently don't do well.

"They don't read directions and things like that so then they get trapped. So we just give them a couple of practice tests, work on focusing more intently, more accurately, so they can be efficient but not be in a rush."

This years state average composite score was 20.4, about half a point below the national average and was to be expected.

This was the first year every high school graduate took the college placement exam.

Last year the state offered free act exams to all high school juniors in an effort to boost college readiness.

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