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Statewide ACT: 8 Percent Of Nevada Juniors Are College-Ready

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Preliminary results from the ACT show only 8 percent of Nevada's high school juniors are ready for college in all four major subject areas.

The Nevada State Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the results of this spring's testing at a meeting on Thursday. It's the first year that the state has administered the ACT to almost all of Nevada's high school juniors in lieu of a high school proficiency exam.

About 7,200 Nevada students took the college entrance exam in 2014, and about 1,800 met college readiness benchmarks in English, math, reading and science.

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Nearly 30,000 students took the test in 2015, and about 2,400 met the benchmarks.

Proponents of the wider, state-funded testing say it gives students free access to scores they'll need to apply for college.