Retake ACT to transfer?

<p>Hey guys, I'm enrolled at the University of Alabama as a freshman, expecting a 4.0 gpa for the fall term. I am dual majoring in finance and math. Finance is a passion of mine. I've been managing my own portfolio since I was 16 and currently working on a website related to behavioral finance. I would really like to transfer to a school with a strong finance program. UCHicago, Wharton, Iveys. I hope to transfer at the beginning of my junior year. The only problem is that I got a 26 on the ACT. I know the ACT is mainly for high schoolers, but is it possible for me to take the ACT again to see if I can get higher, and a better shot of getting into these schools? Will the schools even consider my ACT or high school record? What about taking the SAT? Any kind of info on transferring will be appreciated. Thanks.</p>

<p>I've never taken the ACTs so I'm not really sure how their scoring works and what a 26 means. </p>

<p>But I have taken the SATs a few times. I am appyling to Brown as a junoir transfer and I got a lot of different opinions on if I should take the SAT over again or not (since it has the new writing section). In the end I did end up taking them again a couple of weeks ago and I'm really glad that I did, even though I don't know my score yet. I wasn't the only college student in the room either, so I think it's fairly common to retake these tests if trying to transfer to a place that cares about them. I'm also going to be taking SAT IIs in January. </p>

<p>So really I think it's a personal decision and how much effort you want to put into transferring. Some colleges won't care at all about your test scores or high school, but generally the more competitive schools do. The farther you get away from high school the less high school matters, but nice scores are still good to have.</p>

<p>Hi. thanks for the reply. i think i will go ahead and retake it</p>

<p>Applying to those schools, even if you get that 26 up to a realistic score, such as a 28, it's really negligable. You'll just have to hope they put most of the weight on your performance in college.</p>

<p>Because you don't want to transfer until your junior year, it really won't effect you much at all, because by that point you will have acquired enough credits that most schools don't even ask for information concerning your performance in high school or standardized test scores. I could be wrong about this, and it's always best to check each school's policy, but from what I've read it only factors into the admissions process if you're a freshmen, and on occassion, a sophomore.</p>

<p>You can, however, retake the test at any point you like.</p>

<p>Thanks for the info guys. I'm pretty sure I can get above 28 because last time I ran out of time on the science section and started bubbling answers in. I didn't retake it because a 26 was good enough to get into Univ. of Alabama, which was my first choice because of low in-state tuition. But now I'm really regretting that I didn't take it again.</p>



<p>This is false for the schools the OP says he is interested in. HS grades matter less as you acquire more college credits, but I don't know of any Ivy-caliber school that doesn't require you to submit a HS transcript and standardized test scores.</p>

<p>^I stand corrected, I didn't really look at the schools he was applying to, my apologies.</p>