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I realize that I have never seen a thread here about College Confidential students comparing ACT scores from middle-school-age Talent Search testing and scores from later testing as high school juniors or seniors. So here is the thread. Comparable threads about SAT testing in Talent Search programs can be found at
I received an ACT score report from the February 10th test date in the mail today, for a Talent Search test-taker who took the ACT with writing, so that's why I thought to post this question. I didn't take the ACT at all when I was a kid, even though I live in an ACT-favoring region of the country, so I have no personal experience with the ACT.
How about you? Did you take the ACT in ninth grade or below? Did your score increase later as you got closer to college-applying age?
P.S. Information about Talent Search programs can be found at