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ACT score and percentile?

akx06akx06 Posts: 237Registered User Junior Member
hey guys
i jus got my ACT scores in the mail and i got a 32.....but somehow that ended up being the 99th percentile which didnt make sense to me cuz i kno my friend who took it previously got a 32 and 95th percentile

which is more important the score or the percentile?
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Replies to: ACT score and percentile?

  • sr6622sr6622 Posts: 3,123Registered User Senior Member
    Percentile....32 has always been 99th for all I know
    YOur friend probably had a 30 or 31
  • ShadowOfAnEnigmaShadowOfAnEnigma Posts: 922Registered User Member
    Could his/her score have been a 32 in one individual section? I, too, have always associated a composite score of 32 with the 99th percentile.
  • akx06akx06 Posts: 237Registered User Junior Member
    nvm then...

    but how much of a difference is it from a 32 to a 34 or so?

    cuz im thinkin of retakin it jus dunno if i shud spend the time on it
  • december_tk_06december_tk_06 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    nvm then...

    but how much of a difference is it from a 32 to a 34 or so?

    cuz im thinkin of retakin it jus dunno if i shud spend the time on it


    32 has always been 99th percentiel, as far as I know.

    32 to 34 is a BIG difference. You notice that there are A LOT of people with a 32 but not many people with 34, 35, and 36. I think it just gets harder to get a better score when your score is in the 32 - 36 range in which your score gets bumped down 1 or 2 points on the scale if you miss just one question.

    I think y ou should retake it as many times as it takes to satisfy you.
  • MorgaineMorgaine Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    I took the ACT in february and got a 34, but I was sick at the time so decided to retake it. I bumped up my composite to a 35, but my English subscore dropped from a 36 to a 34 all because of two questions.

    so, yeah, I definitely agree that it's hard to move up your score once you get to the high 30s.

    I would definitely recommend taking it again if you aren't satisfied. what can it hurt? My friends thought I was crazy for retaking it after getting a 34 but I'm glad I did.
  • rspn70rspn70 Posts: 90Registered User Junior Member
    I took the ACT and got a 29. I'm very satisfied with that (it's the highest I've heard of at my school.) Though I was hoping for at least a 30, it was in the 95% percentile. How much better does say a 32 look compared to a 29?
  • peck191peck191 Posts: 531Registered User Member
    rspn70, some schools might look at it more than others, so it depends where you are applying. With that being said, I would definately retake a 29 if you think you can get higher
  • rspn70rspn70 Posts: 90Registered User Junior Member
    well i am definitely retaking it (I was not paying attention to time on the first section and didn't have time to do the last 15 questions.) I am not trying for Ivy League or anything, I already applied and was accepted to Auburn, so schools in that general league. I was just curious as to if it was down to me and another applicant, would the 32 heavily weigh over the 29? And I am also hoping for a scholarship... that shouldn't really weigh heavily in the scholarship process, should it? I have a 3.979 gpa and good EC's.
  • december_tk_06december_tk_06 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    a 32 is without a doubt better than a 29 when it comes to scholarships, I'd think. I'd choose an applicant whose act score is a 32 over an applicant whose score is a 29 if i were the judge.

    and, also, a lot of people have gpa's over 4.0 nowadays, so colleges will be looking for better scores on the equilizer tests such as SAT and ACT. Wouldn't you agree?
  • akx06akx06 Posts: 237Registered User Junior Member
    so i guess the general idea is that ACT is now just as widely accepted as the SAT...and not jus becuz the universities say so...but its actully a truthful fact?(especially the top tier schools)
  • december_tk_06december_tk_06 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I like ACT a lot better than SAT, even though I haven't really taken the real SAT once - looked at a couple of problems and :swoosh: over my head.

    I wish more top schools treated ACT as they do SAT, though. SAT is still "the test", it seems.
  • 1204198712041987 Posts: 349Registered User Member
    the sat is more so "the test" because it's the test the vast majority of students take, rather than by the college's choice. You will find, however, schools that just take the ACT, while there aren't many that just take the SAT. And most take the ACT in lieu of both the SAT and subject tests, so that's an added advantage right there. Personally, I wouldn't retake the 32, but I would the 29, because a 29 can potentially improve twice as much as a 32, and after you're at 99% it's just a matter of luck really on whether you miss 4 questions or 6. Although I think it also depends upon what the individual scores were and what your intended major is. For example, I got a 33 composite, but it would have been a 35 had it not been for the science section, which isn't as important for a business major (I got 35 english, 12 essay, 35 math, 34 reading, 29 science). If I had gotten under 32 in english, math, or reading I would have considered retaking, but especially with a 12 essay I'm happy. I just wish I hadn't missed so many on science..
  • sr6622sr6622 Posts: 3,123Registered User Senior Member
    I would say a 32 is definitely better, because that is when all the scholarships for state schools are given.
  • december_tk_06december_tk_06 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I would say a 32 is definitely better, because that is when all the scholarships for state schools are given.

    Really? I'm right at a 32, and I'm going to take 2 more to see what i can do.
    Are you serious? 32 is where state schools' sshcolarships start?
  • akx06akx06 Posts: 237Registered User Junior Member
    yea...this is intresting...wats this whole deal with 32 and state scholarships (i live in michigan)
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