The ACT and SAT are two of the most important test for a prospective college student. The more prestigious the school, the tougher the score requirements will be. Here is a ranking of all U.S. states based on average ACT and SAT scores. The Deseret News found the percent correct of both the SAT and the ACT, then averaged the two together to find the rankings. ACT score figures came from ACT.org. The College Board provided the SAT figures. Included in each slide is a chart comparing state ACT scores with the national average. The College Board was unable to provide historical SAT information by deadline. Click here to see how much each state is spending on faculty and staff.

51 District of Columbia

Average SAT score: 1385

Average ACT score: 20

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ACT Scores: District of Columbia v. National

50 Florida

Average SAT score: 1447

Average ACT score: 19.6

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49 South Carolina

Average SAT score: 1436

Average ACT score: 20.1

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48 Georgia

Average SAT score: 1445

Average ACT score: 20.6

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47 Texas

Average SAT score: 1446

Average ACT score: 20.8

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46 Arizona

Average SAT score: 1539

Average ACT score: 19.7

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45 Hawaii

Average SAT score: 1448

Average ACT score: 21.3

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44 West Virginia

Average SAT score: 1512

Average ACT score: 20.6

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43 Nevada

Average SAT score: 1460

Average ACT score: 21.4

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42 Mississippi

Average SAT score: 1660

Average ACT score: 18.7

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41 Alaska

Average SAT score: 1513

Average ACT score: 21.2

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40 North Carolina

Average SAT score: 1475

Average ACT score: 21.9

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39 New Mexico

Average SAT score: 1618

Average ACT score: 19.8

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38 Maine

Average SAT score: 1391

Average ACT score: 23.3

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37 Delaware

Average SAT score: 1455

Average ACT score: 22.4

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36 Indiana

Average SAT score: 1470

Average ACT score: 22.3

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35 Pennsylvania

Average SAT score: 1473

Average ACT score: 22.3

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34 Maryland

Average SAT score: 1492

Average ACT score: 22.1

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33 Oregon

Average SAT score: 1540

Average ACT score: 21.5

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32 Alabama

Average SAT score: 1623

Average ACT score: 20.3

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31 California

Average SAT score: 1513

Average ACT score: 22.1

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30 Louisiana

Average SAT score: 1651

Average ACT score: 20.2

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29 Virginia

Average SAT score: 1516

Average ACT score: 22.3

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28 Tennessee

Average SAT score: 1710

Average ACT score: 19.5

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27 Rhode Island

Average SAT score: 1477

Average ACT score: 23

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26 Kentucky

Average SAT score: 1711

Average ACT score: 19.6

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25 Arkansas

Average SAT score: 1692

Average ACT score: 19.9

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24 New York

Average SAT score: 1460

Average ACT score: 23.4

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23 Idaho

Average SAT score: 1598

Average ACT score: 21.7

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22 Wyoming

Average SAT score: 1692

Average ACT score: 20.3

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21 Vermont

Average SAT score: 1538

Average ACT score: 22.7

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20 New Jersey

Average SAT score: 1508

Average ACT score: 23.2

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19 Ohio

Average SAT score: 1606

Average ACT score: 21.8

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18 Oklahoma

Average SAT score: 1683

Average ACT score: 20.7

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17 Montana

Average SAT score: 1592

Average ACT score: 22.1

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16 Colorado

Average SAT score: 1699

Average ACT score: 20.7

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15 Washington

Average SAT score: 1560

Average ACT score: 22.8

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14 Michigan

Average SAT score: 1761

Average ACT score: 20

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13 Utah

Average SAT score: 1667

Average ACT score: 21.8

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12 Connecticut

Average SAT score: 1535

Average ACT score: 23.9

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11 North Dakota

Average SAT score: 1759

Average ACT score: 20.7

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10 New Hampshire

Average SAT score: 1559

Average ACT score: 23.7

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9 Massachusetts

Average SAT score: 1549

Average ACT score: 24.2

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8 South Dakota

Average SAT score: 1737

Average ACT score: 21.8

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7 Illinois

Average SAT score: 1807

Average ACT score: 20.9

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6 Missouri

Average SAT score: 1764

Average ACT score: 21.6

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5 Nebraska

Average SAT score: 1745

Average ACT score: 22.1

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4 Kansas

Average SAT score: 1752

Average ACT score: 22

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3 Wisconsin

Average SAT score: 1767

Average ACT score: 22.2

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2 Iowa

Average SAT score: 1777

Average ACT score: 22.3

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1 Minnesota

Average SAT score: 1778

Average ACT score: 22.9

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