Arkansas students had higher scores on the ACT college entrance exam, but those numbers are still not as high as the national average. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the composite score that Arkansas students averaged was 20.4. That score is 0.2 percent higher from last year’s mark. Officials say the national average composite score was 21. The ACT tests students in four subjects: English, math, reading, and science. The highest score on the ACT is a 36. The number of students who took the test in Arkansas was about 26,800; an increase of almost 950 students.