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The ACT in University Admissions

What is a superscore?

If a college superscores the ACT, it will take your highest Math, Science, Reading, and English scores that you achieved on any of the dates you took the test.

 

 Then, it will average these together for a new composite so that you’ll end up with your highest possible composite score.

April

English Score: 32

Math Score: 25

Reading Score: 28

Science Score: 33

Composite Score: 30

June

English Score: 28

Math Score: 32

Reading Score: 34

Science Score: 30

Composite Score: 31

Superscore

English Score: 32

Math Score: 32

Reading Score: 34

Science Score: 33

Super Score: 33

The ACT in University Admissions

What score do I need?

Here are the average ACT scores of successful applicants to top-tier universities.

Ivy League UniversitiesACT Score of
25th Percentile
ACT Score of
75th Percentile
Yale University3135
Harvard College3235
Columbia University3235
Princeton University3235
University of Pennsylvania3134
Brown University3134
Dartmouth College3034
Cornell University3034

Top Private UniversitiesACT Score of
25th Percentile
ACT Score of
75th Percentile
California Institute of Technology3435
University of Chicago3135
Vanderbilt University3235
Stanford University3135
MIT3335
Johns Hopkins University3234
Northwestern University3134
Carnegie Mellon University3134

Top Public UniversitiesACT Score of
25th Percentile
ACT Score of
75th Percentile
Georgia Institute of Technology3134
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2733
UC, Berkeley3034
U. of Michigan, Ann-Arbor2933
University of Virginia2933
UC, Los Angeles2833
U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill2732

Superscores

The ACT in University Admissions

What is a superscore?

If a college superscores the ACT, it will take your highest Math, Science, Reading, and English scores that you achieved on any of the dates you took the test.

 

 Then, it will average these together for a new composite so that you’ll end up with your highest possible composite score.

April

English Score: 32

Math Score: 25

Reading Score: 28

Science Score: 33

Composite Score: 30

June

English Score: 28

Math Score: 32

Reading Score: 34

Science Score: 30

Composite Score: 31

Superscore

English Score: 32

Math Score: 32

Reading Score: 34

Science Score: 33

Super Score: 33

Score Requirements

The ACT in University Admissions

What score do I need?

Here are the average ACT scores of successful applicants to top-tier universities.

Ivy League UniversitiesACT Score of
25th Percentile
ACT Score of
75th Percentile
Yale University3135
Harvard College3235
Columbia University3235
Princeton University3235
University of Pennsylvania3134
Brown University3134
Dartmouth College3034
Cornell University3034

Top Private UniversitiesACT Score of
25th Percentile
ACT Score of
75th Percentile
California Institute of Technology3435
University of Chicago3135
Vanderbilt University3235
Stanford University3135
MIT3335
Johns Hopkins University3234
Northwestern University3134
Carnegie Mellon University3134

Top Public UniversitiesACT Score of
25th Percentile
ACT Score of
75th Percentile
Georgia Institute of Technology3134
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign2733
UC, Berkeley3034
U. of Michigan, Ann-Arbor2933
University of Virginia2933
UC, Los Angeles2833
U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill2732