CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming students scored lower than the national average on the most recent ACT college entrance exam.

The state's average ACT composite score was 20.3, compared to the national average of 21.1.

Wyoming's average score was the lowest in English at 19.2 out of 36.

However, the state's ACT scores are skewed because Wyoming is one of only nine states that have all high school juniors take the ACT.

Compared to the other states that give the test to all their juniors, Wyoming students had higher average scores in English, reading, math and science than Mississippi. Students also scored higher in some areas than those in Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee.

However, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Wyoming's averages were lower across the board than Colorado, Illinois and North Dakota.