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Rounding up ACT score

Wondering if a 33.5 on the ACT gets rounded up or down by Admissions offices and for Common Data Set and other admissions stats? Naviance has it rounded up to a 34...just wondering what admissions folks look at or if it even matters.
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• 99 replies12 threads Junior Member
what does ACT report it as? That's probably where naviance got it.
• 75 replies24 threads Junior Member
chardonMN wrote: »
what does ACT report it as? That's probably where naviance got it.

I don't know-- I am wondering....
• 3545 replies9 threads Senior Member
edited December 3
Colleges are free to process and use scores however they want for intenral admission purposes.

For ranking/reporting purposes, the schools always want to show the highest scores possible. So a 34.6 composite average is always going to be a 35.

Per ACT:

Your Composite score and each test score (English, mathematics, reading, science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high). The Composite score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up.
edited December 3
• 1250 replies17 threads Senior Member
edited December 3
Yes, ACT rounds a .5 up, which is mathematically correct. So a 33.5, 33.75, 34.0, and 34.25 all are reported as a 34 composite.

But it doesn’t really matter - adcoms look at your full score report - the composite isn’t really than meaningful, given it’s lack of granularity. You can be sure a 33/32/32/32 has a leg up on a 32/32/31/31, in terms of ACT performance, despite identical “32”s.

This is one of the reasons that a “perfect” 36 composite is much more prevalent than a 1600 SAT - you can have two 35s or a single 34.

Per the concordance, a 36 is a 1590, though you see 1570-1600 all map to 36. Most ACT scores map to 4 SAT scores, corresponding to the four decimal scores before rounding.

That’s all for individual scores. School reporting may take the average off all the rounded composite scores or all the individual component scores. Assuming an even distribution, the difference should be 0.125, so I don’t think it matters that much. Averaging the composites give the higher score, and is easier, so that’s probably what they do.
edited December 3