According to U.S. News & World Report, the slight decline in this year's average ACT scores (http://act.org/news/data/08/index.html) wasn't much of a surprise to the creators of the college admissions test. That's because a record 1.42 million students--or 43 percent of all 2008 graduates--took the test, a 9 percentage point increase from last year. The pool of test takers included students from three states-Colorado, Illinois, and Michigan--that make the ACT mandatory for all graduating students, including those who are not college-bound. Out of a possible 36, the average score on this year's ACT test was 21.1, down slightly from 21.2

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