My son took the ACT early in his junior year without real prep, as a baseline score, and got a 32. (This annoyed his sibling, who studied a ton and never got that, but that’s another story.) Then he didn’t get to retake it or take the SAT because of COVID. (He’s noting this on Common App.) The schools he’s applying to all superscore ACTs.
He’s pretty sure that if he’d taken it again after studying, he’d probably have gotten better (though no guarantees) or at least benefitted from superscoring. We’re thinking a lot of other students are in a similar situation??
So we’re wondering if the test scores applicants submit this year will be slightly lower–so if, as long as he’s within their 50% median range (presumably of superscored scores), he can take last year’s range with a slight grain of salt. Admissions offices don’t directly answer this question, just remind him that they’re test-optional.
He’s applying to places like Tufts and Washington University as reaches and others as targets and safeties. (His grades are great but extracurriculars, demographics, etc., are not noteworthy. ) His main concern is whether he should do a last-minute look for more targets and safeties–he applied Early Action everywhere he could, but the “target” schools that would’ve given him a sense of things won’t announce their decisions until after Regular Decision deadlines.