Sophomore Year Grades vs Junior Year + Test Scores

<p>Do colleges tend to place more emphasis on Junior and Senior year PLUS ACT, or do you believe Sophomore year counts equally? I ask as my S has ACT 31, (no preparation - plans to take again), and his current average is A- (he's a Junior), whereas it was C+/B- Sophomore year. Can he consider Tier 2 schools in the Northeast? His ECs are okay, nothing amazing. Wants to study math, science, or maybe computer science - do schools consider breakdown of ACT?</p>

<p>I can't answer all the questions but I know that while sophomore year is considered, an upward trend in grades is definitely something colleges like to see, so he is good there.</p>