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Superscoring for the ACT

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

ACT SuperscoreSchools 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:  

Albion College

Babson College

Baylor University

Boston College

Butler University

California State University System

Colby College

Colorado College

Connecticut College

Cornell University

DePauw University

Drexel University

Duquesne University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida State University

Georgia Tech

Gettysburg College

Harvey Mudd College

Haverford College

Hawaii Pacific University

Hendrix College

Hollins University

Indiana University Bloomington

Ithaca College

Kenyon College

Lawrence University

Loyola University in Maryland

Middlebury College


Millsaps College

Northeastern University

North Carolina State University

Olin College

Pepperdine University

Scripps College

St. John’s University

Stanford University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Trinity College

Trinity University

Tufts 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

Vassar College

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest University

Washington University – St. Louis

Wesleyan University

Wheaton College

Williams College

Xavier University  


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