how much can i improve?

<p>Ok so here are my predicted June ACT scores, from what i gathered on CC. So just make +/- 2 for correction errors/dumb mistakes:</p>

<p>M: 36
E: 32
S: 32
R: 31</p>

<p>Composite: 33 +/- 1. (32,34) but more like 31-33.</p>

<p>this was taken after doing about 5-6 practice tests two weeks before the Actual thing. Yes, it was my first time.
I want to apply to Yale. However, being a unhooked applicant, i need great test scores, especially since i come from a really subpar school. So i would need a 35 at the least. So, with the preparation i've already done, do you think i can improve to a 35?
I've tried the SAT's and i don't think their working; i got a 2100. Ill be preparing over the summer for a retake in september, october, and november. And all advice on which books to use is welcome. I've already started PR and did 3 tests along with the 3 in the REAL ACT PREP GUIDE.</p>

<p>BTW, my practice test scores fluctuated like crazy: 34, 31,30, and i forget the others.</p>

<p>bump......</p>

<p>In my opinion, the reading section would be the easiest to improve, as it is fairly straightforward.
With good practice and a bit of dedication, I would say that you could improve at least your reading (and possibly your writing) by at least 2is points.
However, the higher you are to the top the harder it is to improve.</p>

<p>For improvement in science, the best thing you can do is keep practicing reading graphs in such a way that you know you can get through the material accurately under time.</p>

<p>I bet you could go up a point or two on any of the sections that aren't 36, if you devoted a lot of time to practice with time limits.</p>

<p>There's always room for improvement.</p>

<p>really byubound?</p>

<p>Is mastering the time limit the only thing i need to improve to go up a point or two? It's that simple? Well ill have to see once i get to practice more.
how many tests are there for practicing in ACT?
I took 6 about and i have about 3 more left from PR and i guess i could use other review books. Anyone else know where i can get more practice?</p>

<p>If you get down having to work under a time limit, then you are more comfortable with answering the questions, so you are able to think about them more without rushing as much. The material is not hard to grasp at all, and with those scores it looks like you have it down. To go up at this point, you need to have more time to think about the questions that you are unsure of. The only way to do that is to continue practicing with the time and getting it down. Everything after that is luck.</p>

<p>There are likely better ways to spend your time to improve your application to Yale than trying to get a higher test score.</p>

<p>If you don't have to work....what about finding a research internship at a local university? Or spearheading a program at a local non-profit? </p>

<p>Either of these activities will add more to your application than a slight bump in test scores.</p>

<p>I just started ACT prep. Have you read over PR? I feel like they give a superb prep section for English.</p>

<p>^PR completely prepares you for the English. If you actually read it through once, you should get all/almost all of the questions on the English section of the ACT, with the exception of the questions that ask about the passage as a whole- those can't really be studied (effectively) for.</p>

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There are likely better ways to spend your time to improve your application to Yale than trying to get a higher test score.</p>

<p>If you don't have to work....what about finding a research internship at a local university? Or spearheading a program at a local non-profit?</p>

<p>Either of these activities will add more to your application than a slight bump in test scores.

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<p>Im working on that too. Im taking 2 college level courses at Rutgers university and trying to contact the assistant director at a senior citizens center to try to start a community service project that might last for the entire summer break.</p>

<p>And i haven't finished PR completely. Im halfway done i guess.</p>

<p>^I wouldn't bother reading the reading/science sections of that book. Doing that really is a waste of time. The reading section is just a watered down version of CR, and the science is just looking at the graphs and answering the questions (which you know, of course, I was just going to try to save you the trouble of going through the latter half of that thick book).</p>

<p>^oh ok. Thanks for the help!</p>