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5 months ago
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A question about ACT super scoring.

When I took the ACT, I got a 31 in math, 34 in reading, 35 in English, and a 36 in science as my highest composite score of 34. However, I want to increase my super score to a 35 by increasing my math to a 33 and I know for a super score you have to submit all the tests that compile the score. So I was wondering if I get a 33 in math but get lower scores in other subjects, will it look bad when colleges look at the compiled test for super score (For instance, if I got a english score of 28, a math score of 33, a reading score of 28, and a science score of 28 and sent it to a college to be included in a super score)?

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5 months ago

If I were a college admissions officer and saw a 1st ACT score of 31/34/35/35 and a 2nd ACT score of 28/33/28/28, I would immediately think that whoever sat in to take the 1st test wasn't the same person as the 2nd test. This would be a definite red flag to me. And the other thing I would think is that this person's intent is purely, to "game the system" for a 35. If the colleges didn't "super score" ACTs, then this applicant wouldn't be taking the "path of least resistance" to meet some test score threshold.

If you are applying to an Ivy League or Elite college, the last thing they want to reward is someone who is skirting the hard work just to get accepted. Why? Because this pattern of behavior will continue throughout your 4 years of college. They would be concerned if this is a fluke or your modus operandi. Are you going to grind through the course syllabus or just cram for tests just to get a passing grade toward your degree?

Colleges would prefer to give a seat to someone that doesn't push the boundaries of acceptable behavior.

Ultimately, this is your call whether or not you want to study for the 2nd ACT test or just focus on the Math Section.

Keep in mind many top colleges do not allow superscoring ACTs such as Harvard, USC, Stanford, Carleton, Carnegie Mellon, Bryn Mawr, William & Mary, Chapman, Dartmouth, Colorado College, GWU, Princeton, Reed, Smith, Tulane, and others.

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5 months ago

I've got to agree with @LilyNDash here. I don't think it will be a good look for you if you take the test and don't score as well in each section. Unless you're super confident you can increase your math score and do equally as well, or better, in the other sections I wouldn't do it. The risk/reward isn't worth it in my opinion.

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5 months ago

Colleges who super score will accept both scores and super score it.

But sending to colleges who donot super score can be a red flag specially if the 2nd scores are way lower than 1st attempt. You should study for all sections and then make a judgement call based on how you do in the 2nd attempt.

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5 months ago

I don't think so. Colleges will mainly look at the individual score you received especially if they superscore.

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