I got an overall 34 composite on that administration, with 36s in both math and science and a 35 in English. I'm not sure why my reading score was so low. I'm just worried that if I apply to selective colleges, like Yale and Northwestern, that the 29 in reading would be a major red flag to them. Or do these schools even care heavily about individual section scores? What is your advice on this?
You need to take that 29 over again if you are planning on submitting that to Ivys or Elite colleges. Reading is actually a key score because you are going to do a ton of reading in college, especially if you apply to college with a core curriculum like Columbia or UChicago or Harvard. The rest of your scores are excellent so why take the chance?
When I took the ACT, I had a 29 on the science part so I worked hard to get that to a 35 and submitted at 35 across all 4 sections.
Schools do care about individual scores. Since you are applying as a poli sci major, colleges will want to see your reading score be on par with your English score. I recommend taking the ACT as many times as you can until you boost your reading score. Try taking the SAT if that is easier for you. Hope this helps!
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