More Bexley High School students than ever before are taking the ACT, according to College Readiness information released by ACT.

More Bexley High School students than ever before are taking the ACT, according to College Readiness information released by ACT.

In 2013, 155 Bexley High School students were among some 93,000 Ohio students taking the ACT. That is an increase of 38 students from the number who took the test in 2012, thanks to the school's efforts in encouraging students to think ahead about college and offering them free practice college admissions tests.

The ACT college readiness assessment consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, with each test scored on a scale of 1-36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. The ACT also offers an optional Writing Test component. All major U.S. colleges accept ACT scores for admissions purposes.

With a larger number of Bexley students taking the test -- 86 percent of the class of 2013 versus 70 percent of the class of 2012 -- the school district expected the average score to go down.

"Statistically speaking, such an increase in the pool should have resulted in significantly lower results as our students' average moved closer to the mean," said Harley Williams, Bexley's principal of secondary schools in a district press release.

Bexley's Average Composite Score dropped only 0.2 from a 24.9 in 2012 to a 24.7 in 2013.

"We still are significantly higher than the state average (21.8) and the national average (20.9)," Williams noted in the release.

For more information about ACT scores, visit www.act.org.