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Should I retake the ACT?

Hey everyone, I just got my ACT scores and I scored a 31. I'm aiming for top-tier schools, and I'm not sure if I should retake the test to improve my score. What do you think? Would it be worth it to take it again? Thanks for your advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! Congratulations on your 31 ACT score – that's a strong result! Considering your ambitions to attend top-tier schools, it's natural to think about retaking the test. To make this decision, there are a few factors to think about.

First, take a look at each section of your test. Are there specific areas (for example the Science or Math section) where you feel you could improve significantly with some focused study? If so, then retaking the test might be a good idea. Additionally, you could research the median ACT scores of students admitted to your target colleges, which are often available on their websites. If your score is at or above those averages, you might be in a good position already.

Remember that test scores are only one component of college applications. A compelling essay, strong extracurriculars, and impressive letters of recommendation can greatly enhance your chances as well. Ultimately, the decision to retake the test will depend on your confidence in improving your score and how much emphasis you want to place on this aspect of your application. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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