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Act Score 33 within the top percentile?

chicken1992chicken1992 Posts: 247Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2010 in ACT Preparation
Basically, i got a Act composite score of 33 and i'm not completely sure if the score count in the top 99 percentile. I also don't know whether the Act score by itself would be good enough for some schools like Duke and Boston College. Should i bother not sending my sat score of 2060? It is a bit off from the act score.
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Replies to: Act Score 33 within the top percentile?

  • 1finite1finite Posts: 214Registered User Junior Member
    If you looked at your score report, you would see that a Composite of 33 is in the 99th percentile.

    If you look on Duke and BC's CB pages:
    College Search - Duke University - Duke - SAT®, AP®, CLEP®
    College Search - Boston College - BC - SAT®, AP®, CLEP®

    you'll see that a 33 is good enough.

    This is almost as bad as the "do I even bother applying threads" started by valedictorians with 2350s...
  • chicken1992chicken1992 Posts: 247Registered User Junior Member
    sorry, but some of the people at my school i knew had a 35 did not get into the schools they wanted and the people that did get in were more of 32 but with 2200 SAT. I guess i'm just stressing out about being good enough for these schools.
  • UVAorBustUVAorBust Posts: 2,504Registered User Senior Member
    I'm pretty sure a 32 is now considered 99th percentile. If this is true, and you convert 99th percentile in SAT to 99th percentile in ACT a 32 ACT is equivalent to a 2200 SAT...
  • LingerLinger Posts: 1,047Registered User Senior Member
    ^ But im pretty sure that a 32 does not convert to a 2200
  • chicken1992chicken1992 Posts: 247Registered User Junior Member
    i thought that 2290 was the general top percentile in SAT, unless i'm mistaken?
  • UVAorBustUVAorBust Posts: 2,504Registered User Senior Member
    yea thats what I'm saying... Never mind I just looked it up. A 32 is considered 98th percentile which lowest on SAT chart is 2140 highest 2190 = 2170
    A 31 is condisered 97th percentile which is about a 2120...
  • azndarkvaderazndarkvader Posts: 483- Member
    should i send a 2200 SAT or 33 ACT? but fail science score?
  • UVAorBustUVAorBust Posts: 2,504Registered User Senior Member
    both. On some concordance charts a 33 comes out to mid 2200's.
  • ACTTesterACTTester Posts: 1,433Registered User Senior Member
    ^ Which concordance charts are you using? Individual colleges' charts? ACT lists a 33 as equivalent to a 2180 while CB lists a 33 as equivalent to a 2200.
  • gbesqgbesq Posts: 1,779Registered User Member
    Yes, a 33 ACT composite is in the 99th percentile and no, you don't need to also send your SAT score.
  • cjgonecjgone Posts: 1,520- Senior Member
    You cannot convert percentiles on the SAT and the ACT. SAT is percent at or above your score, while the ACT percentile is above your score. A 33 on the ACT is 99% using ACT's percentile method while a 98% on the SAT's percentile (a 32 is a 97%).

    So that means that a 32 is equivalent to a 2130 (97%, 2120-2140), and a 33 is a 2190 (98%,2180-2200). Most concordance tables use approximations to convert, but if you want to, you can just add up the number of people with each score and find percentile equivalents on the 2010 ACT national report and SAT 2010 (CR+M+W).
  • WongTongTongWongTongTong Posts: 2,732Registered User Senior Member
    Well, if you look at Harvard's average ranges:

    ACT: 30-34

    SAT: Something - 2320

    It seems that a 75th percentile is a 34 and a 2320, I don't think you can convert between the scores but you can get a feel of what each score is for a college.
  • azndarkvaderazndarkvader Posts: 483- Member
    ughh so should I submit the 33 ACT with 28 Science? or keep my money and just send SAT 730 700 770?
  • esthetiqueesthetique Posts: 1,106Registered User Member
    i'd send the SAT. colleges say they don't have a bias towards both tests, but i still think they do. mostly because SAT is more popular than the ACT.
  • cjgonecjgone Posts: 1,520- Senior Member
    mostly because SAT is more popular than the ACT.

    More people took the ACT last year than the SAT, so you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
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