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Horrendous ACT score

Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
Hi, Did really poorly on my ACT. It was my first time taking it, and it was my last time. I didn't study at all and the timing was killing me. Guess what I got? A 19!!!!! I know people who took it their first time and got 30s. I'am thinking of giving up on college and just going to community college for two years. I don't know why I do bad on the SATs and I can't figure out why I can't do well on the ACT either. I know I am not getting into Baylor or TCU with that score. I took all AP classes and I got Bs and Cs in all of them. I am right outside the 25% of my class. I have pretty strong ECs but I'm not counting on getting in with those scores. Is there a chance? A glimmer of hope? Or am I dead meat? I have no clue why am bad at these tests. I truly believe I am ready for college, but these tests prove otherwise.
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Replies to: Horrendous ACT score

  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Sorry I couldn't see what I was typing half the time.
  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Are my standardize tests going to keep me out of college? Or will schools just overlook them because they are that bad
  • TranquilMindTranquilMind Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Have you done any preparation? There have been loads of stories here about how people raised their scores quite a bit by intensive study and reading for a few months. Why don't you search for how to raise scores? You can do this! Just focus, go through a practice book every day for 30 minutes or an hour and take the test a few months from now. Read a lot of books. Regularly practice online. Practice testing at a table with a timer.

    You may never get a 35 or 36, but YOU CAN DO THIS. Do not give up. It might even make a great story someday about your perseverance!
  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I fear that it is too late my friend. I am a senior who took it the last minute. 0 preparation. Thanks for the reply! If I get into either Baylor or TCU I will persevere there!
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    For TCU you can take up to the Feb ACT. And once school starts. you need to make an appt w/your GC and speak through your options. You get no sympathy here -- the options were in front of you all along and talking about how you're "dead meat" on Dec 31st doesn't move me. Community college might be a very good option for you. For many thousands and thousands, it is a great choice.
  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Ok so if I do take it, all I have to do is update my app with the score? What if I just don't send in a ACT score? Will that hurt me?
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    they won't evaluate you without either the SAT or ACT. It's a requirement.
  • pizzabagelpizzabagel Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    Look into test optional schools. Your decent GPA and extracurriculars will help you get in without standardized test scores.
    http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional
  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    I sent in my SAT so I need the ACT to?
  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    And can you send me a link to TCU taking the ACT for the Feb. test?
  • ARandomGeekARandomGeek Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    Not for most schools. Some really selective ones (Stanford, etc) require all scores.
  • mnm111mnm111 Registered User Posts: 645 Member
    Waited until the last minute and then didn't even study? Perhaps if you are serious about TCU you take the advice of @T26E4‌ advice to heart and actually prepare for the February examination.
  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    edited December 2014
    What prep do you recommend? Questions everyday? Timed sections? 30 minutes of practice?
  • Rboy31Rboy31 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    Oh and I've already sent in my TCU app.
  • irlandaiseirlandaise Registered User Posts: 720 Member
    What was your SAT score?
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