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Va. students improve, beat national average on ACT

Wednesday - 8/21/2013, 3:23pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia students continue to improve and exceed the national average on the ACT college admissions exam.

The Virginia Department of Education reports that Virginia students scored an average of 22.4 on the test this year. That tops last year's score of 22.2 and is well above the national average of 20.9.

Virginia students improved and beat the national average in all four categories: English, math, reading and science.

ACT results are reported on a scale of 1 to 36. Fifteen Virginia students achieved a perfect score.

The number of graduating Virginia public school seniors taking the ACT increased by 2 percent to 18,708. The SAT remains the dominant college admissions test in the state.

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