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aphroditeayeletaphroditeayelet Registered User Posts: 52 Junior Member
Hi everyone!
So I got my ACT results and it said I got a 33 overall, but when I actually get the average of my tests it is a 33.75. I know that it's not that big of a deal and that a 33 is a good score, but when I submit my scores would this be judged as a 33 or an "almost 34" -- Additionally, should I take it again and try to get higher? I believe that I could go up at least one more point in math (hopefully/probably 2+) but I don't want to push too hard as I'm going into AP tests in a few months and actual applications in the fall. I'm hoping to apply to liberal arts colleges (e.g. Williams, Bryn Mawr, Wesleyan) with a prospective major of biology/molecular biology on an MD-PhD track.
My breakdown:
Math - 30
Science - 34
English - 35
Reading - 36

Thank you!!

Replies to: 33.75

  • socaldad2002socaldad2002 Registered User Posts: 877 Member
    It should be rounding up as a 34 composite.

    If you take again you need to raise your Math to 33 for a 34.5 (35 superscore).
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,536 Senior Member
    If those are your actual section scores, then you need to contact ACT. The rounding rule it follows is to round the composite to nearest whole number (and a fraction of .5 is rounded up not down). In other words, a 33.75 average of the four scores should result in a 34 composite, so the 33 looks like an ACT error.
  • TheSATTeacherTheSATTeacher Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    I'd work on your math score. Try to get it more in line with your other scores (33-34) and you should be good. It is not just about the composite but also about how well you did on each section. If you feel too busy with other things, wait until the summer to prep. There is no harm in taking the test after your junior year.
  • adamintadamint Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    edited February 27
    I got a 34.5, which rounded up to 35, so I know they round up. One of your section scores may be wrong - are you sure they're correct?
  • RichInPittRichInPitt Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    Yes, this should be a 34. Are you sure all of your data is correct? It seems very odd for a company that has scored millions of tests over decades would get something so simple wrong.

    And if they are correct, and you have a 33.75/34, be aware that you'd need to pick up at least 3 more points on the various sections to get to a higher composite (34.5 rounded to 35)
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