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Retake a 36 on the ACT? *Gasp*

ProcrastinationProcrastination 431 replies49 threads Member
edited May 2008 in College Admissions
Before everyone gets too riled up, this is a legit question. Bear with me. So, I got a 36 composite on the ACT, but I received a 7 on the essay portion of the test. Does anyone have any suggestions for what I should do? I don't want something like this holding me back, especially since I do not think I am a bad writer... I guess my best excuse is that I ran out of time, terrible at time management I guess. Reposted from the Yale board.
edited May 2008
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  • mydixiewreckedmydixiewrecked 247 replies21 threads- Junior Member
    In the very small chance you are actually serious about this, the answer is no. A 36 is a 36; forget about the specifics.
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  • beefsbeefs 2311 replies248 threads Senior Member
    I don't think I've ever lol'ed more at any other post on CC.
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  • NarcissaNarcissa 3779 replies156 threads- Senior Member
    ^if you want another laugh, look at the hundreds of other "should i retake a 2400?" threads
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  • ProcrastinationProcrastination 431 replies49 threads Member
    Why would this not be a serious question? I feel that, since significant number of colleges require the writing, that some weight would be placed on the essay score - if this were the case, getting a 7 would be like getting 36 36 36, and then 20 on the english section, if we considered it in the context of just multiple choice. please dont post if you do not have anything to contribute, perhaps im just not as confident as you "beefs" in the admissions process.
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13530 replies110 threads Senior Member
    Your application essays are far more important than a 7 on the ACT essay. Congrats on your score and move on to other things you enjoy!
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  • rofflezrofflez 304 replies31 threads Member
    schools only see 1 ACT score, so if it bothers you that much, then go ahead. unless one of the CC people who have worked in an admissions office responds, then none of us here will have very sound advice about whether that one section of the ACT is cared for very much.
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  • DCforMeDCforMe 612 replies14 threads Member
    perhaps try taking the SAT, and going off that essay score? I know my SAT essay was 12, while my ACT a 10. I can't remember where, but I know either on CC or in my own school I've run into a few people who did better on the SAT essay than the ACT.
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  • beefsbeefs 2311 replies248 threads Senior Member
    You guys can't seriously be telling this kid to retake ANY test.
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  • BegonerBegoner 324 replies6 threads Member
    If you're operating under the assumption that retaking the test cannot detrimentally impact you in any way, then you could considering going for it. I faced a similar dilemma after taking the SAT -- despite obtaining the "maximum" score overall, my essay was of very poor quality (thankfully, it received an 11, but it deserved a lower score). Currently, I'm opting not to retake it as I can't see the marginal cost outweighing the possible benefit; however, I'm sure you could significantly improve your grade on the essay portion, making it worthwhile for you.
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  • jrmjrm 59 replies0 threads Junior Member
    If it would make you feel better you could retake it once and really concentrate on the essay, and then send both scores. I honestly don't think your score would hold you back, but with everything being so competitive every little thing helps.
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  • Sligh_AnarchistSligh_Anarchist 2064 replies129 threads Senior Member
    Well, if you don't retake, it's straight to the local community college for you, bud. So sorry.
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  • someguy1337someguy1337 347 replies2 threads Member
    LOL^^^^ (10 char)
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  • ProcrastinationProcrastination 431 replies49 threads Member
    Clap, clap.
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  • NarcissaNarcissa 3779 replies156 threads- Senior Member
    Lol, REALLY! you dont need to retake. Standarized test essays are dumb, colleges know you can't spew out a brilliant essay in 25 minutes (or however amount of time u get) and will never, ever need such a skill.
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  • bigreddawgiebigreddawgie 2065 replies96 threads Senior Member
    dont retake. i got an 8 on my act essay with a 36. still got into many good schools with that score only
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  • ProcrastinationProcrastination 431 replies49 threads Member
    points well taken. thank you. i was just concerned about this showing a "hole" in my application.
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  • musicmomicmusicmomic 258 replies8 threads Junior Member
    S is in a similar situation and is retaking without the writing. Because you can choose which administration scores to send, the only loss is the time and money for the retake. It is possible that your composite will go down a point but if you prep, your essay may go up and provide a more balanced array of scores.

    The schools receive a full report of the subscores including the writing. What they attend to differs, I'm sure, from school to school.
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  • chocolatealtoidschocolatealtoids 308 replies31 threads Member
    man ****. cc
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  • arkitexarkitex 53 replies2 threads Junior Member
    my opinion for what it's worth: The perfect 36 is enough. You will have to write a number of essays in your applications for admission and for scholarships that you'll have plenty of opportunity to prove your writing skills in a more meaningful way. And if you take the SAT and do well, you can submit both ACT and SAT if your SAT is in a position to help you.
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  • nkmcnkmc 73 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I highly doubt colleges would be that critical of the essay score if you got a 36 composite.
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