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Does Dartmouth superscore the ACT?

bluewindbluewind Registered User Posts: 384 Member
edited April 2011 in Dartmouth College
Prospective student for Class of '16 here. I just wanted to know, they superscore the SAT; do they do the same for the ACT?
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Replies to: Does Dartmouth superscore the ACT?

  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,797 Super Moderator
    no, they do not
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,797 Super Moderator
    from their website:
    SAT (with Writing) or ACT (with Writing): If you submit both, we will look at your highest equivalent score. For the SAT, we take the highest section scores from any of your test dates. For the ACT, we take your highest single composite score.

  • bluewindbluewind Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    Alright. Thanks, "highest composite score" still sounds more comfortable than no superscoring at all or averaging your scores.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,797 Super Moderator
    No all this means that if you submit multiple scores from the ACT, they will just look at the whole exam where you scored the highest. They will not break apart each component. remember the ACT still has score choice so you get to pick the test you want to submit.
  • qcassidyqcassidy Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    I've come to the conclusion that any school that asks for all tests that you took of the standardized test you chose to submit does "unofficially" superscore. Of course, if they say that they superscore the SAT, they do. But though a lot of schools say that they do not superscore the ACT, most (Dartmouth included) will ask for all ACT tests that you took. Although you are not forced to comply with this request, I think it would be in your best interest to do so if a superscore would improve your overall composite. My guess is that they will at least take a glance at all of the subscores of every test. This allows you to "explain yourself" when you have some eyebrow-raisers on your best test. Example:

    Johnny takes the ACT and gets a 30 composite with subscores of the following:
    English: 31
    Math: 31
    Reading: 30
    Science: 26

    Johnny takes the ACT a few months later and gets a 32 composite with the following:
    English: 35
    Math: 28
    Reading: 33
    Science: 30

    Without sending in both scores, you can see why the college Johnny sent in his application to might think that Johnny isn't as strong in the Mathematics as he probably is. So, although sending in a worse composite score might look kind of bad, it might help you out in the long run.
  • Mini VanMini Van Registered User Posts: 173 Junior Member
    With how difficult admission is at schools like Dartmouth, I would advise Johnny in the example above to not send in either of those ACTs and to take it again and shoot for a 34+ Composite! HA HA
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