Oh, I didn't think you meant it that way, modestmelody. I'm just explaining my propensity to jump into discussions of the ACT. Obviously you can get an idea of the ACT distribution by converting, and also by looking up the middle 50 percentile range.
There have been some threads where people show that the conversion tables don't seem to accurately reflect what the colleges are doing, though (the "is the ACT superscored?" ones). In other words, taking the middle 50 percentile for ACT acceptees and converting to the SAT equivalent gives a lower range than the middle 50 percentile of SAT acceptees. I think I've explained that properly ...
But, students can only score as best they can, apply, and take their chances. Higher scores are better than lower, but no level of score is a guarantee. I completely agree with your first post.