ACT 33 - chasing higher score or being done?
Hi! DD2019 (HS) has taken the ACT twice. The first time she took it cold and got a 28, then she prepped and took it a few months later and got a 33. She did mediocre on the PSAT so we are thinking she has more of an inclination to the ACT. She has a very busy course schedule this year (every class but one weighted either AP or IB) which is a big part of why we pushed her to prep and take the ACT as a sophomore, knowing her junior year would be crazy busy. So now the dilemma is: try again chasing a higher score on the ACT, or just be done? Her dream school is BU and as of today she is saying she wants to apply early decision there. (Which could change of course! ) So now I am told that if she gets a 35 ACT and keeps her GPA high (4.5+) she could be potentially looking at substantial merit money from BU or similar. (Northeastern is also on her radar.)
She got 34 and 35 in every category on the ACT except a 29 on math. Part of the problem was she hadn't had that level of math in school yet and actually learned some of the content in ACT prep. So I think in a retake she'd do much bettter on the math.
My concern is: it's very confusing which schools require you to send all sittings of the ACT, which allow you to pick and choose, and which superscore. I think she has an excellent shot at 35 at a school that superscores, for instance. Even at the same school, it seems like the policy is program-specific. I also don't want to risk her pulling time away from maintaining high grades to chase a higher ACT.
I should add that she is sort of possibly thinking of applying to Columbia/List. That 35 would really be helpful (duh) for Ivy admissions. What do you guys think?