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Submitting ACT Scores
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I scored 2 points higher on the Sept 21 ACT compared to the Feb 21 test. Should I self-report both on the Common App or only the higher? The increase is due to a 6 point jump in English and 2 points in Science. The older test does not help raise the 'Super-score." Additionally, if I self-report both, can I forward only the higher results?

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2 months ago

Hi there @jmags12,

As a lot of colleges have become test-optional, individual institutions' policies around test scores have changed. If your prospective school allows you to select scores, I would recommend that you only submit your higher score, especially if your previous test does not help your superscore.

When colleges review your application, they will only take into account the self-reported score and will receive the report with all your scores if you choose to send it via CollegeBoard. A best practice is to check your school's policy around reporting scores via their website for applicants to make an informed decision around submitting your ACT scores.

Hope this helps!

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2 months ago

On ACT.org you have the option of submitting the SuperScore or any of your previous ACT composite scores. So if you took the ACT, say 3 times, you can submit any of 4 versions. If you took it 2 times, you can submit any of 3 versions.

Whatever you self-report, just make sure that when you submit the actual scores, the math adds up correctly.

Hope that helps and Good LUCK!

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2 months ago

Unless you are super-scoring your ACT results, generally speaking only submit the higher score. It's fine if you want to submit both though because colleges won't care too much about an 8 point difference. Additionally, the only way you don't want to super-score your tests is if you scored the same or higher in all sections on one of the tests. The ACT website will do that for you. Good luck, hope this helps.

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