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ACT score range

bluehunnydewbluehunnydew Posts: 530Registered User Member
edited December 2005 in Dartmouth College
i was looking at the website, and they said the ACT score range was 27-33,which is lower than the other ivy leagues, though their SAT score range seemed to fit in with that of the others. anyone know why?
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  • wbowwbow Posts: 972Registered User Member
    could it be that fewer students take the act?
  • vemafevemafe Posts: 75Registered User Junior Member
    I think that's good because my score was 27... however my English sections weren't that good as my first language is not English.
  • EsquaredEsquared Posts: 2,155Registered User Senior Member
    brown's and cornell's are similar...like 27-32 or something....27 is 90th percentile, its a strong score, maybe not UBER, but strong none-the-less
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Posts: 9,085Registered User Senior Member
    I think its a much smaller sample size. Dartmouth's SAT ranges are up there with Princeton and higher than Columbia, Brown, Penn, and Cornell.
  • ChrisCuberChrisCuber Posts: 380Registered User Member
    I've seen different score ranges for ACT, from the 27-33 you've mentioned to 30-34; why they differ so much, I have no idea. I would personally consider the "competitive" score range to be a 30-33, or better yet, consider just your SAT scores. A 27, from what I've seen, could probably get a recruited athlete or extremely "hooked" applicant into the Ivies, but would be a real stretch for anyone else. I personally scored at the high end of the range, and believe I would not have been accepted with even a 30 (I'm not exceptional in any one area, just an all-around strong student).

    Maybe the discrepancy in the range compared to other Ivies could be due to Dartmouth's relative obscurity, or some factor that makes it more appealing to NE'erners, who generally avoid the ACTs.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Posts: 16,664Super Moderator Senior Member
    The ACT is more often taken by students in the midwest and the south where the SAT is more often taken by students in the NE (hoever, more students in the NE are starting to take the ACT because of the score choice component and the ACT is more aligned with what is learned in the clasroom)

    From Dartmouth's latest common data set, only 10% of the matirulated students submitted AC scores. The 25th percentile was 28 and the 75th perentile was 34

    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~oir/pdfs/cds_200405_02.pdf

    I agree with Chris, that unless you have a major hook (and you probably would have applied ED to take advantage of it), applying with a 27 is going to be an uphill climb
  • descantdescant Posts: 225Registered User Junior Member
    I don't know if it means much, but last year Brown's median ACT was a 29 (50%). Dartmouth, I'd assume, would be right around there.

    If you're not hooked, you want to try to be at, or above the 50% range.
  • Smoke&MirrorsSmoke&Mirrors Posts: 411Registered User Member
    If you take the ACT and don't do well, can you not put it on your application or is it that same as the SAT in that it is seen no matter what?
  • ChrisCuberChrisCuber Posts: 380Registered User Member
    I suppose you could choose to leave it off. You can send scores from as many or as few sittings as you want with the ACT, as opposed to the SAT.
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