One of the most common questions I am asked is which colleges superscore the ACT. For those of you not familiar with superscoring, it is when a college takes the highest subscores from various test dates to get a new higher superscore. For example, assume that a student takes the April ACT and gets a 29 reading, 27 math, 28 English and 31 science subscores. This give a composite score of 29. That same student then takes the June ACT and gets a 32 reading, 25 math, 29 English and 29 science. Again, the student has a composite score of 29. However, if a college superscores the tests they combine the best scores from each test giving a 32 reading, 27 math, 29 English and a 31 science. This combined superscore gives a new composite of 30.
Most colleges in the past have superscored the SAT but not the ACT. Recently, however, some colleges are starting to superscore the ACT. I first reported on superscoring the ACT in December, 2007. Here is a list of the colleges that I believe currently do superscore the ACT. If a college is not on the list, I have received no information that it superscores the ACT. As I become aware of additional colleges I will add them to the list. This list is kept current.
One final note. I greatly appreciate all of the help that my readers have been providing by telling me which colleges superscore. However, my policy, to keep the list as accurate as possible, is to personally get confirmation from a college’s admissions department before putting them on the list unless their web site is very clear on ACT superscoring. So, keep sending me college’s that you have been told superscore the ACT, but it may take a bit before that college shows up on the list.
*MIT uses the best subscores from each section of the ACT but does not use a composite score. So effect is same benefit as superscoring.
** University of Virginia does not combine subscores to reach a superscore composite but they do consider the best subscores from different tests.
***University of Illinois says that they do not superscore the ACT. However, they say “ Colleges will often evaluate results from the sub-scores (English, Math, etc.). If an applicant submits scores from more than one test date, the highest sub-score(s) will be used in this evaluation.” This appears to be similar to the University of Virginia.
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