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Hey everyone! I'm kind of confused about the ACT composite scoring system. Can someone please explain how it works and how it's calculated? Thanks so much!

7 months ago

Of course! I'm happy to help clarify the ACT composite scoring system for you. The ACT has four individual sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Each of these sections is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The ACT composite (overall) score is simply the average of your scores on these four sections.

To calculate your composite score, you'll need to follow these steps:

1. Add up your scores for each of the four sections (English, Math, Reading, Science).

2. Divide the sum of your section scores by 4 (since there are four sections).

3. Round the resulting decimal to the nearest whole number, as the composite score is always a whole number between 1 and 36. In most cases, if the decimal is 0.5 or higher, you'll round up; if it's below 0.5, round down.

For example, let's say your section scores are:

- English: 29

- Math: 31

- Reading: 30

- Science: 32

To calculate your composite, add these scores together: 29 + 31 + 30 + 32 = 122. Then, divide the sum by 4: 122 / 4 = 30.5. Since the decimal is 0.5, you'd round up, resulting in a composite score of 31.

Keep in mind that the ACT also provides sub-scores within some sections, such as English and Math, but these sub-scores don't factor into your composite score. Your composite score is the primary figure that colleges consider during the admissions process since it represents your overall performance on the test.

I hope this explanation helps clarify the ACT composite scoring system! Good luck with your test preparations!

7 months ago

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