Episode 2

Why You Should Never Just Take One Section of the ACT


February 20th, 2020

28 mins 6 secs

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Chad Cargill’s ACT Test Prep Podcast
Episode 2 – Why You Should Never Take Only One Section of the ACT. It is a Terrible Idea.

Composite Score: From a single ACT test, the sum of your English, math, reading, and science divided by 4. This would be your highest overall ACT score from a single ACT test.

Superscore: From any ACT test, your highest English, math, reading, and science divided by 4.

Schools who change to superscores raise minimums for scholarships.

Starting with the 2020-21 school year, ACT will allow you to retest in any section.

• You must have already taken a complete ACT.
• You can pick up to 3 sections. Writing will count as 1 of the 3.
• Price has not been set.
• Lifting the max of 12 ACT tests.

Details about this new policy can be found on ACT’s FAQ page. Scroll to the section titled "ACT Section Retesting."


Why never do it?
• A school has to superscore.
• You may raise other sections.
• Students usually get bigger gains in stronger sections.
• It’s only a couple extra hours to take the other sections.

Why do it?
• Avoid zero level class.
• Colleges superscore and you have a perfect score in 3 sections.

  • You have a game at noon and can't stay for all four sections.

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