Average scores on the ACT exam held steady for Virginia's 2012 graduating class.
Virginia's average composite score was 22.4 on a scale of 1 to 36. That's up slightly from 22.3 a year ago. The scores were released Wednesday.
The average national composite store was 21.1.
Only a quarter of Virginia's graduating students took the ACT.
Nationally, it was the first year in which more than half of graduates took the ACT. Traditionally the ACT has been a rival college entrance exam to the SAT, but it is now taken by almost all students in nine states, and by at least 60 percent of graduates in 26 states.