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California high school seniors beat national averages on ACT exams

California high school seniors outperformed their peers nationally in all categories of the ACT college entrance exam this year, according to data released Wednesday. Nearly a third of 2014 high school seniors in California took the ACT. With a maximum possible score of 36, California's average composite score was 22.3. The national average was 21. About 29%, or more than 113,700 California students, took the standardized exam, which tested English, math, reading, and science skills. Many universities require it as part of the admissions process, sometimes along with the SAT or instead of that college entrance exam. ACT, a nonprofit in Iowa that provides tools to measure college...

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