ACT Adds Superscore to Testing Report

Starting with April 2021 testing, the ACT will provide an automatically calculated ACT Superscore to all students who have taken the ACT more than once from September 2016 to the current day.

Superscoring involves taking the best score from each subject area (English, Math, Reading, and Science) across multiple test attempts and finding a new average between those scores. For example, if a student tests twice and on the second date improves in English but earns a lower math score, a superscore would include the higher English score and the original math score.

Superscoring is the process of averaging your four best subject scores from all of your ACT attempts. To calculate your superscore composite, gather all of your ACT score reports, identify your highest score from each test section, then add those four scores together, divide by four, and round to the nearest whole number.

Superscoring is not new; many colleges have been using the method for years, especially for the SAT. In recent years, a growing number of schools have superscored the ACT. According to the ACT, an educational nonprofit, its own research has determined that superscoring is a strong predictor of how students will perform in college.

Colleges set their own policies regarding score use and superscoring for both the SAT and ACT. To facilitate this, the ACT will supply at least one full composite score with each superscore, plus all the scores from the test events that are part of the superscore composite.


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