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What standardized test scores do I need to get into a top-tier school?

I've been taking standardized tests and I'm curious about the scores I should aim for to have a chance at top-tier colleges. I know there's more to it than just test scores, but I want a general idea of what's considered competitive. Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hey there! You're right that test scores aren't the only factor that top-tier colleges consider, but they are still an important part of your application. While there's no 'magic' score that can guarantee admission, having a competitive score can definitely improve your chances.

Generally speaking, for top-tier schools, you should aim for an SAT score of at least 1450 or an ACT score of around 32. However, the more selective the college, the higher the score you will need to be considered competitive. For example, Ivy League schools and other similarly-ranked institutions typically have average SAT scores above 1500 and ACT scores around 34 or higher.

It's crucial to remember that test scores are just one part of your application and it’s important to focus on other aspects as well, such as GPA, extracurricular activities, leadership, and essays.

Best of luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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