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What Is a Good ACT Score for 2021?

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Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 5, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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Are you planning on taking the ACT soon? If so, you're probably wondering, "What's a good ACT score for 2021?" In this in-depth guide, we'll go over the three ways you can  know if an ACT score is good or not. We also explain why it's so important to set a goal score and how the coronavirus pandemic and new school score policies have affected 2021 ACT scores.

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Average ACT Scores: What They Mean For You

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Posted by Alex Heimbach | Oct 18, 2020 7:00:00 PM

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The average ACT score for US students is a 20.6. The middle 50% of students score between a 16 and a 25. The following chart breaks down the nationwide average by section:

English

Math

Reading

Science

19.2

20.2

21.2

20.6

 

However, when you’re thinking about college admissions the nationwide average isn’t important: what really matters is the average score of the students you’re being compared with.

If you’re a high achieving student applying to very selective schools you’ll need a score much higher than the national average. If, on the other hand, you’re applying to certain state schools, a 20 is a totally acceptable score.

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NCAA SAT Scores: What You Need to Be Eligible

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 6, 2020 6:07:00 PM

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Calling all student athletes! Are you aiming to go to college as an NCAA athlete? Two important NCAA Clearinghouse requirements have to do with your high school grade point average (GPA) and SAT scores, which are compared on a sliding scale. Let's talk about the eligibility criteria for NCAA athletics, and how you can achieve the scores you need.

First, let's review GPA requirements and how your GPA is calculated.

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What's a Good ACT Score for 2020?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Dec 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM

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No matter what time of year it is, there's always an ACT test date right around the corner. What's a good ACT score for 2020? And how can you determine what score you should aim for on test day?

In this comprehensive guide, we introduce three possible ways you can define good ACT scores for 2020. We also take a look at how the definition of good ACT scores has changed in recent years.

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What's a Good SAT Score for 2020?

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Posted by Hannah Muniz | Nov 21, 2019 1:00:00 PM

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Planning to take the SAT soon? Then you're probably wondering, "What's a good SAT score for 2020?" In this comprehensive guide, we break down three different ways you can define good SAT scores for 2020 and explain why it's so important to set a goal score.

We also look at how SAT averages and percentiles have changed (or, rather, not changed) over the past few years and what this means for how we define what a good SAT score is.

Let's get started!

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How Many Questions Can You Skip for a Good SAT Score?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 6, 2019 9:52:00 PM

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Every year students fight to get the SAT score they want. For many students, completing all the questions before running out of time is a serious challenge. If you're one of those who struggles to finish the test in time, skipping can be a real asset. But how many questions can you skip for a good score on the SAT?

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When Don't SAT/ACT Scores Matter for College Admissions?

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Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jan 1, 2019 8:30:00 PM

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Have you started researching how to apply to college? You may know that most college-bound students take the SAT and ACT. But just how important are they, and when can you get away without taking them?

Let's look at when SAT and ACT scores are important for college admissions, and when they're not.

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What's a Good 7th Grade ACT / SAT Score?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Dec 9, 2018 5:48:00 PM

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The SAT / ACT is incredibly important for many students.  It's used to determine admissions into talent programs like Duke's TIP or Johns Hopkins CTY.  It's also a good predictor of future college potential.  

But how do you know what a good SAT / ACT score is for someone in middle school?  Here, Dr. Fred Zhang does a novel analysis on two data sets to find what is considered a good score for middle school students.

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What's a Good 10th Grade ACT/SAT Score?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Jun 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM

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Are you a 10th grader considering taking the SAT or ACT? Then you probably want to know what a good SAT/ACT score is for sophomores. While you might think we can simply use raw test score data from 11th graders, this information isn't totally accurate for or relevant to sophomores. Here, I'll analyze two data sets to figure out what's considered a good SAT/ACT score for 10th graders.

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What's a Good 8th Grade ACT / SAT Score?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 17, 2018 8:00:00 PM

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The SAT / ACT is a good predictor of future college potential.  During 8th grade these tests are looming ahead, but how do you know what's a good SAT / ACT score for someone at this grade level?  Here, Dr. Fred Zhang does a novel analysis on two data sets to find what is considered a good score for middle school students.

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What's a Good 9th Grade ACT / SAT Score?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 16, 2018 8:00:00 PM

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The SAT / ACT is coming up quickly for 9th graders, but using raw SAT / ACT data mostly from 11th graders to see if you're doing well isn't correct.  Here, Dr. Fred Zhang does a novel analysis on two data sets to find what is considered a good SAT or ACT score for 9th grade students.

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On the SAT, How Many People Get a 1400, 1500, or 1600?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | May 3, 2018 7:00:00 PM

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How many students get a high score on the SAT?  How many students get a perfect score?  Here we look at the number of students and the percentile of these top ranks. Then we find out whether you should retake the SAT if you get these scores.

Note: This guide was created when the SAT used its old 2400 scoring scale. Unfortunately, we don't have the same data for the current version of the SAT (out of 1600 points), but we do have a conversion chart below so you can convert your 1600-scale SAT score to a 2400-scale score and still make use of the information in this article.

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What's a Good SAT Score for 2018?

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Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Dec 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Another year, another chance to take the SAT! If you're taking the SAT this year, you might be wondering: just what is a good SAT score for 2018? Is there a particular score I should be aiming for to make sure I get into the colleges I want to go to?

To answer the question of what good SAT scores for 2018 are, this article looks at a few different definitions of what makes a good SAT score, and how this has changed over time. We also explain why SAT score goals should be specific to each student and give you step-by-step instructions for choosing your target SAT score.

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Your ACT Superscore Calculator

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 29, 2017 7:30:00 AM

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Planning and trying to reach your ACT target score can be stressful and frustrating. You got a 36 in Math on one test date and a 35 in Reading on another test date. Why can’t you just get all of your highest individual section scores on the same test date?

If you’re applying to colleges that superscore the ACT, you don’t have to worry about that. So what is an ACT superscore? And how do you calculate it? In this post, I’ll explain what superscoring means, how to create your own ACT superscore calculator, and how superscoring affects your test-prep strategy.

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PSAT to SAT Scores: Does One Predict the Other? What's a Good PSAT Score?

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Posted by Dr. Fred Zhang | Nov 28, 2017 8:00:00 PM

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The PSAT is the first exposure many students have to college entrance exams. Because the two tests are so similar, the PSAT is very good at predicting how you'll do on the SAT. In this article, we explain the most accurate way to use your PSAT score to predict your future SAT score.

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