Schools That Superscore the ACT
With back to school comes more college preparation, and the fall is a very popular time for students to take the SAT and ACT.
Many students take the SAT and ACT multiple times, hoping to improve their scores. At IvyWise we recommend that students take these standardized tests no more than three times, since scores tend to plateau after the third attempt.
Colleges and universities know that many other factors come into play when taking standardized tests, and certain test-day conditions can affect your scores. One way that schools account for this is through superscoring.
Superscoring is the practice of considering only the highest section scores across all SAT or ACT test scores that are submitted. For example, if you submit SAT scores from the March test and again from the October test, schools that honor superscoring will take the highest score from each section and compile a new overall score, the “superscore.”
Until recently, most schools only practiced superscoring for the SAT. However, in recent years the ACT has caught up to the SAT in terms of the number of students taking the test, and last year the number of ACT test-takers surpassed the number of SAT test-takers for the first time ever.
With more students taking both the SAT and ACT multiple times, more and more schools have adopted Score Choice and superscoring practices.
While superscoring the SAT usually means adding up the highest scores for each subsection (Critical Reading, Math, and Writing) to create a new composite superscore, the policies regarding the ACT vary by school.
While some admissions offices may calculate a new ACT composite superscore, some schools do not. For example, the University of Virginia and Purdue University look at an applicant’s best ACT subscores and original ACT composite scores when making decisions.
To fully understand test score policies, check with the admissions office at each school.
If you’ve taken the ACT more than once and think that superscoring might help your chances of admission, here’s a list of some of the schools that offer superscoring for the ACT:
California State University System
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Harvey Mudd College
Hawaii Pacific University
Indiana University Bloomington
Loyola University in Maryland
North Carolina State University
St. John’s University
United States Naval Academy
University of Arkansas
University of Chicago
University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Georgia
University of Louisiana – Lafayette
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of North Carolina
University of North Texas
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Rochester
University of South Florida
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Vermont
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wake Forest University
Washington University – St. Louis