Male vs. Female – WHO Scores Higher on the ACT?!

Guest Blog by Kristine Thorndyke.  

  Curious to know which sex does better on the ACT test? Have a look at this infographic to see how the average scores vary by gender.


When every student fills out the student identification form for the ACT, they must answer some questions regarding their age, race/ethnicity, and gender. This information is later combined by the ACT through a detailed report that shows how each demographic scores as a whole on each subsection as well as their overall composite score.


Based on the data from the graduating classes of 2013 through 2016 test results, we were able to have a look at how males and females differ in their overall subsection scores of English, Math, Science, and Reading and created a fun “battle” of the sexes competition. Have a look!


After checking out this infographic, you can see that females tend to score higher on Reading and English, meanwhile males score higher on Science and Math. Yet, at the end of the day, there is no true “winner” as each gender’s average composite score equals the other. 

What’s the cause behind this difference in subscores by gender? Surprisingly, there is no clear answer as to the gender differences in subject-matter scores on standardized tests. Theories range from standardized tests favoring males, differences in response to competitive pressure during testing, as well as that our society and education system encourage gender-specific achievement. What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts on the role of gender and standardized tests!



About the Author:
Kristine Thorndyke writes test prep and admissions advice for Quesbook, a free test prep studying platform that serves students from around the world.