Should I submit my test score if I am just below the 25th percentile, or go test optional?
I am applying to MIT as my top school for this fall and my ACT score is a 33. It is also important that I am a white male. I am aware that this is one point below their 25th percentile score of a 34. Usually, it is recommended that if you are below the 25th percentile, you should not submit a score. However, this is for MIT, and I am afraid that not submitting a score will hurt me more than help me, and a 33 is a great score anyways, its only one point off from a 34. What do you think I should do? Should I go test-optional at MIT or should I submit my 33? Or, should I retake the test again to try and get a 34 superscore.
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How are your extracurriculars and grades? If both are outstanding, going test-optional is less of a concern, and you might consider leaving out your ACT score. But that said, it's always helpful to have a strong test score, so if you can retake the ACT and get a higher score, that will certainly improve your chances.
This is a very good guide on whether to submit or not. Also if I remember correctly MIT is test optional so they will receive higher than normal scores.
Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!