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ACT in 8th grade

caroline29caroline29 Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
i took the ACT as an 8th grader and scored a 27. If I were to continue to challenge myself academically and I got a tutor for the ACT what would my expected score be when I take the test as a junior?
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  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    There is too much variability to give any prediction other than to say that you can expect a very good score if you prepare effectively, and preparing effectively usually does not include getting a tutor. Doing practice tests and independently figuring out where you went wrong is much more effective.
  • runi27runi27 Posts: 510Registered User Member
    That's a pretty good score for an eighth grader but as silverturtle said, it is really impossible to predict your junior year score. If you take the initiative to do preparation, target your errors and fix them you could potentially get a top score.
  • 2017202120172021 Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    Here's an excerpt from the PLAN Technical manual (Google: "technical manuals site:act.org"):

    "For all 10th-grade examinees who are administered
    PLAN operationally and receive a PLAN Composite score,
    an estimated ACT Composite score interval is reported. For
    any particular examinee, the Composite score obtained by
    the examinee on the ACT two years later may or may not fall
    in the interval reported on the PLAN score report.

    The data used to construct the intervals consists of
    scores for examinees who were administered PLAN in the
    fall of 2002 as sophomores and who took the ACT in the fall
    of 2004 as seniors.

    ...

    The estimated ACT Composite score intervals were constructed
    based on the bivariate distribution of PLAN and
    ACT Composite scores. The goal was to obtain an overall
    probability of ACT Composite scores falling within the estimated
    ACT Composite score interval of around .75 (the
    same overall probability attained for the original intervals
    used prior to the fall of 1995). For each PLAN Composite
    score the smallest interval possible was constructed such
    that approximately .75 of the conditional distribution of ACT
    Composite scores for that PLAN Composite score fell within
    the interval."

    Per the corresponding interval table, 75% of 10th-graders who scored a 27 on the PLAN scored between 28 and 32 on the ACT as 12th-graders.

    You took the actual ACT, not the PLAN, and you took it in the 8th grade. It is now two years later and you have two years more of rigorous coursework under your belt.

    I think that it would be reasonable to expect that you would now score in the range of 28 and 32 on the ACT, perhaps higher.

    The only way to know is to test again.
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