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# "Rounding" Composite ACT Scores

Registered User Posts: 1,301 Senior Member
edited November 2012
Does anyone have any insight to whether adcoms typically view ACT Composite scores simply as a whole number, or do they calculate the exact composite average and use this number?

Asking this another way, is a Composite of 33.50 (34M, 34E, 33R, 33S) viewed as less impressive than a Composite of 34.25 (34M, 34E, 34R, 35S)?

Of course, DD has a 33.50. Her reported 34 puts her solidly in the range for tippy top schools to which she is applying, but if it is viewed more as a 33 then we might decide that it is prudent for her to try one more time.

## Replies to: "Rounding" Composite ACT Scores

• Registered User Posts: 1,301 Senior Member
Does anyone know whether ACT scores are "rounded"?
• Super Moderator Posts: 33,869 Super Moderator
They don't recalculate but they do look at the composite and then the sub scores. I wouldn't worry about retesting.
• Registered User Posts: 339 Member
The composite should have been written on her ACT report as 34, right? They round up--ie they don't even put down the decimal number (ie 33.5), so her composite is a 34. Now I'm assuming you meant that those 4 scores and the composite of 34 were on one single sitting. If she has taken it multiple times, then some colleges (not all, but many) will "superscore" her ACT: ie they take the top science, top math, top reading, and top English--even if each is from a different sitting (ie different date)--and average those. My son's highest sitting was a 34, but his superscore (over 3 sittings) is a 35. As you can see in the "Academics" section of the Common App, they ask for the top score in each area and its date--so it is basically looking at a superscore. However, if your daughter has only taken the ACT once, then this "superscore" discussion wouldn't apply to you! Good luck to her!
• Registered User Posts: 83 Junior Member
I have the same question. I am well aware that ACT rounds up from .5 to get the composite score, but the original question...do colleges look at a true average of 34.25 better than a true average of 33.5 (both are a 34 composite).
• Registered User Posts: 522 Member
Call the colleges directly and get back to us.
:-)
• Super Moderator Posts: 33,869 Super Moderator