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ACT Individual Sections Starting September?

ind3fatigableind3fatigable 3 replies4 threads New Member
I've heard that the ACT will be offering tests starting from September on the individual sections. Won't that make the ACT scores inflate and decrease the reliability of the ACT? Also, wouldn't this make previous attempts before this coming September less prominent as anyone can superscore now?
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  • izrk02izrk02 Forum Champion American U. 1017 replies47 threads Forum Champion
    Yes, the ACT is offering testing options for specific sections. I'm assuming they'll add those scores to the average of that section, not the overall ACT. Also, there's no telling how colleges will accept/not accept these scores. I'm not sure what you mean by "anyone can superscore now", since everybody could superscore before.
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  • ind3fatigableind3fatigable 3 replies4 threads New Member
    Thanks for explaining! I meant "anyone can superscore" as in it will become the new norm. Currently, only certain colleges accept superscores (as far as I know), but after this September, it will become quite prevalent, so I was afraid about the negative impacts that could bring.
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  • 1Lotus1Lotus 250 replies15 threads Junior Member
    Does anyone think "most" colleges will superscore-or change to superscore than are currently doing it. I have seen several colleges that say they do not superscore and all scores must be from the same sitting. Is it most likely that colleges that currently super score will continue to do so and now allow for the one section to also enter into the super score and those that do not super score will continue to just allow for scores from one sitting?
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 4974 replies86 threads Senior Member
    edited May 19
    Before the pandemic, the new ACT section re-takes were big news, and colleges were to meet this summer to discuss the re-takes and their policies. They will still do that of course, but it's much lower priority now.

    Some colleges that don't superscore, will likely move that way. But, many schools, even if they haven't calculated a superscored composite score, have always considered the highest section scores....which is what one puts in the common app.

    Remember that students must take one full ACT test before they can sit for the section re-takes. And the section re-takes are only available in an online option, not paper....so that will limit the number of test sites.

    ACT will provide schools with a superscored composite, in addition to at least one full composite score. The highly ironic thing is that for years ACT maintained that colleges should *not* superscore. But it is common that we have seen these about faces with both ACT and CollegeBoard.
    A few things to know about Superscoring:

    ACT supports the use of superscoring in making college admissions decisions.
    Colleges set their own policies regarding superscoring. However, ACT will supply them at least one full composite score with each superscore, plus all the scores from the test events that are part of the superscore composite.
    We encourage colleges and universities to consider adding superscoring to their score-use policy because, as our research shows, superscores are just as predictive – if not more predictive – of first-year grades than other scoring methods.

    https://www.act.org/content/act/en/act-september-2020/superscoring.html

    https://www.act.org/content/act/en/act-september-2020/section-retesting.html

    edited May 19
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