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Should I retake my ACT if I didn't get the score I wanted?

Hey everyone, I recently took the ACT and got a 31. I've been aiming for around a 33, and I'm unsure if I should retake it given the cost and time constraints. What are the pros and cons of retaking the test? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's important to weigh the pros and cons of retaking the ACT, so let's break it down:


1. Potential for a higher score, which can improve your chances of getting into more selective colleges.

2. Some schools offer merit scholarships based on ACT scores, so the higher the score, the better possibility for financial aid.


1. Cost and time commitment, especially if you're planning to take other standardized tests as well.

2. Scores can also decrease, since there's no guarantee of improvement.

My child faced a similar situation, and he retook the ACT after brushing up on specific areas he needed improvement in. He ended up raising his score by three points!

Ultimately, you'll need to examine your goals, available time, and resources before making a decision. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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