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7 months ago
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Should I retake the ACT?
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I live in a state with very strict COVID guidelines and just got to take the ACT. Rising senior. I scored a 33 with 36R, 35 S, 32W, and 29M. I worry my math score is too low, I've had a fragmented math education so some of it is pretty old stuff for me. My GPA is a 4.29 UW out of 4.33, and I'm wondering how much of a difference raising my score by 1 point or so would make at T20 and Ivy league schools. Thanks for the help. I'm applying Political Science/Government if that helps.

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7 months ago

I was in a similar boat last summer with after getting a 33 the first time I took the ACT. Failure was not an option for me. I bought the Official ACT guide for the past 2 years and took a practice test once a week on Sat mornings and went over all the answers I got wrong and studied those. I also invested in the SuperTutorTV online ACT course. After 2 months of studying I got straight 35s across the 4 catagories. Its was clearly worth the time and effort. You need to do that. And sign up now for the next ACT test date. GOOD LUCK

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7 months ago

Retaking ACT is not worth the time now instead you should focus on your essays and EC’s now. You gpa is great that should compensate for low math score specially if you are not going into stem.

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7 months ago

Honestly, I don't think taking the ACT again is worth it. If you are doing Political Science/Gov, your reading and writing scores are going to be more of interest to colleges. If you've done well on your math courses in high school (which judging by your GPA, I think you have), that should be enough to portray you as a well-rounded student even if you're not going into a STEM major. Hope this helps!

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