Coursework Results Of Super

Are you taking the ACT? Before registering, you should know how admissions officers look at your scores. Do they consider Math, Science, Reading, and English individually, or do they care more about the composite score?

You might be relieved to hear that many colleges “superscore” your ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all your test dates and creating the strongest possible composite score. Read on for the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, followed by some tips on how you can use this policy to your advantage. 

 

ACT Scoring and Superscoring

Before getting to the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, let’s quickly review how the ACT is scored. Each section of the ACT is given a scaled score between 1 and 36. These area scores are then averaged together to get your composite score, which also ranges between 1 and 36.

If a college superscores the ACT, it will take your highest Math, Science, Reading, and English scores that you achieved on any of the dates you took the test. Then, it will average these together for a new composite so that you'll end up with your highest possible composite score.

While superscoring means that you are much safer retaking the test many times, you still shouldn't treat retaking the ACT as having absolutely zero cost.  Many superscoring ACT schools can still see all your scores, which can subconsciously affect how they view you as an applicant. For example, if you took the ACT more than six times and your scores were all over the place, admissions officers might wonder how seriously you're taking the test and whether your results are a true measure of your skills.

As long as you don't overdo it, taking the ACT more than once can strongly work in your favor if you're applying to schools that superscore. Now that you know how ACT superscoring works, let’s look at the colleges that superscore. 

 

Complete List of Schools That Superscore the ACT

For this section, we’ve compiled a complete list of all schools that superscore ACT tests. In addition, we've included each school's official standardized testing policy and the link to its admissions page. This is the most comprehensive guide to ACT-superscoring colleges available online. Since policies can change, definitely contact your school(s) if you have any questions or want to double-check their scoring policies.

If a school's policy states, "Contact school for information," this means the policy isn't available on the school's website (though multiple sources have confirmed that this school does superscore the ACT). If you're interested in applying to this type of school, contact it directly.

SchoolOfficial ACT Superscoring PolicyWebsite
Albion CollegeContact school for informationAlbion Admissions
American UniversityTest optional. Contact school for more information.American U Admissions
Amherst CollegeWe will evaluate your application based on the most advantageous combination of scores for the SAT and/or ACT. Amherst Admissions
Austin CollegeAustin College accepts both the ACT or SAT and as policy we “super score.” (We will take your highest subscores from different test dates and combine them to make a highest “super score.” We feel what is important is that we see your highest potential in each sub-section, not just how you scored overall during one test session.)Austin College Admissions
Babson CollegeFor students who have taken either the SAT or ACT more than once, Babson will superscore (use the best individual section scores) in reviewing their application. Babson Admissions
Baylor UniversityContact school for informationBaylor Admissions
BatesThe submission of standardized tests, such as the SAT, SAT subject tests, and ACT, is optional for all students applying to Bates.Bates Admissions
Beloit CollegeSubmission of test scores (the ACT and SAT) is optional for most applicants. This policy allows applicants to decide for themselves whether or not their test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential.Boloit Admissions
Birmingham-Southern CollegeContact school for informationBirmingham-Southern Admissions
Boston CollegeFor the ACT, Boston College will take your highest individual section scores and average them together, also known as "superscoring."BC Admissions
Boston UniversityMay vary depending on program. Contact school for information.BU Admissions
BowdoinTest optional. If you do submit, though, Bowdoin superscores the ACT. The admissions committee will consider the highest submitted Composite score and subsection scores, and will also recalculate a new Composite score from subsection scores earned on different test dates.Bowdoin Admissions
BrandeisBrandeis has a test-optional policy and no longer requires domestic applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission.Brandeis Admissions
Bryn Mawr CollegeSAT and ACT scores are optional for US citizens and permanent residents. Bryn Mawr Admissions
Butler Butler University requires the SAT or ACT test for admission consideration. Students are recommended to take both exams if available, as Butler reviews the highest subscores for each test and uses your new high test score for an admission decision.Writing test scores are not required. Butler Admissions
California Institute of TechnologyWe require all applicants take the SAT or ACT, both of which we will superscore.Caltech Admissions
Capital UniversityWe “superscore” your tests by taking your best sub-scores across multiple tests and averaging them together to create the best score possible for you. We will do this automatically as long as you send us copies of all of your test scores. We will always use the very highest result possible for both your admission decision and scholarship offer!Capital Admissions
Claremont McKenna College

The Admission Committee will take the highest score from the individual subsections of the ACT to give you the highest ACT Composite score. 

Claremont McKenna Admissions 
ColbyContact school for informationColby Admissions
Colgate UniversityColgate will superscore (combine the highest subscore a student receives for each test date submitted) within both the SAT and the ACT. We encourage all students to submit all of their testing and we will determine their best performance. Colgate Admissions
College of the Holy CrossThe submission of standardized test scores is optional. Contact school for more information. Holy Cross Admissions 
Colorado CollegeYou could choose to report the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or the ACT if you believe that these scores are the most accurate indicators of your academic performance and potential. If you select "Flexible Testing," we will select from the scores in our records the combination of test scores that is most advantageous to you.Colorado College Admissions
Connecticut CollegeTest optional. We “superscore” the SAT Reasoning Test and use the combined highest composite score from the ACT.Conn College Admissions
CornellContact school for informationCornell Admissions
Davidson CollegeDavidson superscores the ACT. We do not require the writing portion for either the new SAT or ACT.   Davidson Admissions
DenisonTest optional. Contact school for informationDenison Admissions
DePauw UniversityContact school for informationDePauw Admissions
Dickinson CollegeDickinson's long-standing test-optional policy provides you with a choice regarding the submission of standardized test scoresDickinson Admissions
DrexelContact school for informationDrexel Admissions
DukeFor students who choose to submit the ACT with writing, Duke will consider the highest composite score and highest scores on each section, regardless of test date, but will not recalculate the composite score.Duke Admissions
Duquesne UniversityWe super score all tests, which means we take the highest of all components of each test and recalculate the highest possible score for you.Duquesne Admissions
Eckerd CollegeEckerd will combine scores to create your best possible composite score. We accept either the ACT or the SAT and use the test on which you scored higher.Eckerd Admissions
Elon UniversityContact school for informationElon Admissions
Florida Atlantic UniversityWe super score by using the highest sub scores from multiple test dates to create the ACT composite and the SAT total.FAU Admissions
Florida State UniversityWe use the highest earned SAT and ACT subscores to calculate their SAT total and/or ACT composite score (a process known as "superscoring"). FSU Admissions
Georgia TechWe super score within the same test, using your highest section scores from any test date. Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores. We evaluate all your sub-section scores, not just the sum or composite.Georgia Tech Admissions
Gettysburg CollegeStandardized test scores from the SAT or ACT exams are reviewed in the overall context of a student's application and academic record. If a student has taken the SAT more than once, only their highest section scores across all SAT test dates will be considered as part of the final admissions decision.Gettysburg Admissions
Grinnell CollegeWe consider your best superscored ACT composite scores. The essay component of both the ACT and the SAT is optional.Grinnell Admissions 
Hamilton CollegeIt is Hamilton's policy to select the testing options that will serve you best. We strongly encourage you to submit all of your testing to Hamilton and the Admission Committee will choose the best scores for you.Hamilton Admissions
Harvey MuddContact school for informationHarvey Mudd Admissions
Haverford CollegeContact school for informationHaverford Admissions
Hawai'i Pacific UniversityContact school for informationHawai'i Pacific Admissions
Hendrix CollegeHendrix utilizes a method called “super scoring” in which sub-scores from multiple tests are combined to form the highest composite score.Hendrix Admissions
Hollins UniversityContact school for informationHollins Admissions
Indiana University BloomingtonWe superscore, which means we'll consider your best test scores. For the ACT, we'll combine the highest scores for each subtest from different exams for a new ACT composite.IU Bloomington Admissions
Ithaca CollegeContact school for informationIthaca College Admissions
Johns HopkinsWe also consider your highest combined score for the ACT. We’ll find the maximum value of each official section score submitted, then recalculate the composite score.Johns Hopkins Admissions 
Kalamazoo CollegeContact school for informationKalamazoo Admissions
Kenyon CollegePlease note that Kenyon "super-scores" all results. This means that we will automatically compute a new composite score for both the SAT and ACT, if you've taken either test more than once. Kenyon Admissions
Kettering UniversityContact school for informationKettering Admissions
Lafayette CollegeContact school for informationLafayette Admissions
Lawrence UniversityTest optional. Contact school for more information. Lawrence Admissions 
Lehigh UniversityContact school for informationLehigh Admissions
Loyola University MarylandTest optional. Contact school for informationLoyola Admissions
Miami UniversityMiami superscores, using the highest test scores submitted for admission and scholarship consideration. For ACT, the highest scores for each subtest from different exams will determine a combined highest composite score.Miami University Admissions 
MiddleburyMiddlebury will “super score” standardized test results—we will accept the highest score from each section of the SAT, the ACT or SAT II Subject Tests, regardless of sitting, and sum the best scores across sittings of the same test.Middlebury Admissions
MITIf you take the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section.MIT Admissions
Millsaps CollegeContact school for informationMillsaps Admissions
NYUContact school for informationNYU Admissions
NortheasternContact school for informationNortheastern Admissions
North Carolina State UniversityWe look at your highest sub-score from each section across your test dates to create a super-score so we encourage you to take the test more than once and submit all your scores. NC State Admissions
Olin CollegeWe take your best score from each test and disregard the others.Olin Admissions
PitzerTest optional. Contact school for information.Pitzer Admissions
Pomona CollegeWe will consider your highest section scores on the SAT by superscoring; we will also superscore ACT section scores. Pomona Admissions
PurdueWe will always use the best available score for admission decisions and scholarship consideration and will not penalize you if earlier scores were lower.Purdue Admissions
RegisTest optional. Contact school for information.Regis Admissions
Rhode Island School of DesignContact school for informationRISD Admissions
Rochester Institute of TechnologyContact school for informationRIT Admissions
Roger WilliamsTest optional. RWU will take your highest score from each section of the SAT regardless of the exam date. If you submit both an SAT and an ACT score, we will use the composite score that is in your best interest per the official concordance data.Roger Williams Admissions
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyContact school for informationRose-Hulman Admissions 
Saint Mary's CollegeContact school for informationSaint Mary's Admissions 
Seattle UniversitySeattle University employs the highest sub-scores on the ACT when making admission and scholarship decisions.  Seattle Admissions
Seton Hall UniversitySeton Hall super scores the ACT. Seton Hall Admissions 
Spring Hill CollegeContact school for informationSpring Hill Admissions
StanfordFor the ACT, we will review all subscores and will focus on the highest Composite and the highest English and writing scores from all test sittings.Stanford Admissions
SyracuseContact school for informationSyracuse Admissions
Texas Christian UniversityIf you submit scores from more than one sitting of the ACT, we will consider your highest section scores across multiple sittings or test dates (“Super-Score”). We will consider your highest English, Math, Reading, and Science scores even if you earn them on separate test dates for the ACT. TCU Admissions 
Towson UniversityContact school for information Towson Admissions 
Trinity CollegeTest optional. If you decide to submit standardized test scores, Trinity will accept the highest scores on all tests (they need not be from the same exam date).Trinity College Admissions
Trinity UniversityTrinity University will super score standardized test scores by taking the best subtest score and creating a new composite score regardless of test date.Trinity U Admissions
Troy UniversityContact school for information Troy Admissions 
Tufts UniversityWhen taken multiple times, we will use your highest sub-score for each section.Tufts Admissions
University of ArkansasContact school for informationU Arkansas Admissions
University of ChicagoWe will superscore both the SAT and the ACT, meaning that if you have taken either test more than once, you should submit all your scores, and we will add your highest subsection scores together to give you the highest possible combined score. U Chicago Admissions
University of Colorado—BoulderYour highest scores are used in the admission decision. If you take the same test more than once, we combine your scores on each subsection to give you the highest overall score.U Colorado Admissions
University of ConnecticutWe will combine the highest scores from each subsection of an exam to create the best overall score (within same exam formats) for exams taken more than once.U Conn Admissions
University of DaytonContact school for informationU Dayton Admissions
University of DelawareContact school for informationU Delaware Admissions
University of DenverIf you’ve taken either test more than once, we’ll combine the best scores from the individual sections of each test to create an ideal “superscore.”U Denver Admissions
University of GeorgiaIf a student takes the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider the best scores we receive for each section on either exam.U Georgia Admissions
University of MarylandWe use the highest subscores from the SAT and ACT in our review of your application.U Maryland Admissions
University of Mary WashingtonTest optional. Contact school for information.U Mary Washington Admissions
UMass AmherstContact school for informationU Mass Admissions
University of MiamiWe will use the highest composite score from among each test that you’ve taken. This is called super scoring. There is no limit to the number of test scores you may submit to us for your application.University of Miami Admissions 
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillIf you send us scores from multiple test dates, we’ll take your highest score for each section of the test and consider those scores as we evaluate your application.UNC Admissions
University of North TexasContact school for informationUNT Admissions
University of PittsburghWe will use the highest of the SAT superscore or the ACT composite score in reviewing your application for admission. U Pitt Admissions
University of Puget SoundTest optional. Contact school for information.Puget Sound Admissions
University of Rhode IslandWe “superscore” your ACT results ... using the English, math, reading and science sections. Rhode Island Admissions 
University of RochesterOnly your highest SAT or ACT sub-scores will be considered in our final decision, even if they are from different test dates. U Rochester Admissions
University of South FloridaThe University of South Florida considers your highest submitted section scores across all SAT and ACT test dates. Final admission decisions will be made using only your highest cumulative scores. Each time you submit test scores to USF, we will update your record with any new high scores.USF Admissions
University of TampaContact school for informationU Tampa Admissions
University of TennesseeWe use the super scoring method of combining test scores into a new composite score.U Tennesse Admissions
University of VermontApplicants are encouraged to send scores from every SAT or ACT test date in which they received a top score in each section. Final admissions decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and UVM updates applicant records each time we receive new scores.U Vermont Admissions
Valparaiso UniversityWe evaluate the ACT or SAT according to your “superscore,” which is a composition of your best subscores regardless of test date. Be sure to send in all your test scores for consideration.Valparaiso Admissions
Vassar CollegeIn assessing ACT scores, Vassar uses the highest subscores taken from multiple test dates and recalculates a new composite score.Vassar Admissions
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityContact school for informationVCU Admissions
Virginia TechContact school for informationVirgnia Tech Admissions
Wake Forest UniversityTest optional. Contact school for information.Wake Forest Admissions
Washington University in St. LouisFor the ACT, Washington University considers your highest section scores across all the test dates that you submit. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new high scores (so-called "Super Scores").WUSTL Admissions
Wesleyan UniversityTest optional. We will recalculate a new composite ACT score from subsections taken on different dates.Wesleyan Admissions
Wheaton CollegeThe submission of standardized test results is optional for all candidates.Wheaton Admissions
Williams CollegeContact school for informationWilliams Admissions
Xavier UniversityContact school for informationXavier Admissions

 

Let us know in the comments if we missed any schools, or if any schools have changed so we can provide you with the most updated list!

If you’re applying to colleges on this list, how do their superscoring policies affect your ACT testing plan?

 

 

 

Tips for Applying to Superscoring Schools

If your college superscores the ACT, you should, too! What I mean by this is that you can concentrate on one to two sections for each test date to build up your highest ACT superscore.

If this is your strategy, you will have to start taking the ACT tests earlier to ensure that you have enough test dates to maximize your score. Some schools require that you send all of your scores from every time you took the ACT, so we do not recommend having huge fluctuations in your section scores. In other words, give your best effort on every administration of the test.

However, this focused study plan may help you build a strong “superscore” that's a great asset to your college application.

Every piece of your application is important to building a successful whole. By carefully crafting a testing plan, researching your schools’ policies, and preparing strategically and intensively for test day, you'll be well on your way to creating an outstanding college application!

 

What’s Next?

Now that you know all of the colleges that superscore ACT tests, the goal now is to improve your ACT score as much as possible. First, what’s a good ACT score? Read our article on good, bad, and excellent ACT scores so you can identify and prepare for your target score.

Next step, preparation! We’ve compiled all free ACT practice tests available today so you can get started on tons of practice questions.

Want to get a perfect 36 ACT score?Read a perfect scorer's guide to acing the ACT.

Need help on a specific section of the ACT? Read our guides to getting a 36 on ACT English, ACT Math, and ACT Reading.

 

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‘It took me a couple of weeks just to come to terms with it’

Jonaid Khan, 34, took accounting (D), business studies (C) and computing (X) A-levels at Josiah Mason sixth-form college in Birmingham

I was expecting Bs and Cs, so on results day I was gutted: I knew I had blown my chance of going to university and felt like I’d let my family down. The X in computing was due to being disqualified from one exam because I’d arrived late and forgotten to leave my mobile phone at the front desk. I wasn’t given a chance to explain myself and I was devastated.

Seeing many of my friends get positive results only made me feel worse; few had done as badly as I did. I’d been deciding between going for a professional accounting qualification or an undergraduate degree, but with my results I felt as though it was the end of the road for me in an academic capacity. I was thrust into panic and depression.

Are you waiting for your A-level results? Share your thoughts with us

Telling my family my results was difficult. But deep down I was hugely disappointed with myself as I knew I could and should have done much better.

I didn’t really talk to anyone about my results, and it took a couple of weeks just to come to terms with it. Then I began to look into my options, and decided to pursue an NVQ professional qualification in accounting.

After five years of work and more studies, I got a job at the University of Bradford, and ended up studying part-time for a degree in combined studies there, graduating with first-class honours in 2010.

I’m now halfway through an MBA and really happy with how things have worked out. To anyone facing a similar situation to me, I’d say that you will end up getting to where it is you feel you should be – it’s just the route may be completely different from what you’d envisaged.

‘My results taught me how to make the best of a bad situation’

Kevin Bediouhoune, 19, got an E in biology and D in English literature A-levels, and Cs in chemistry and English language AS-levels at St Mary’s Menston Catholic sixth form, near Ilkley, West Yorkshire. His grandmother died during the exam period

All summer I’d spent time guessing and trying to figure out what exam papers I did well in and which subjects I got a good grade in – then when I walked into school and opened my results I knew straight away I could have done better. My grandma’s death had affected my whole mentality, but I didn’t realise that until I got my grades; it dawned on me that my mind was somewhere else and I wasn’t as stable as I’d thought. I was gutted.

I didn’t feel failure – I hadn’t quit, I made it to the end, and just that was an accomplishment. But I had missed my first-choice course at Liverpool John Moores University. My mum wasn’t in the country at the time, she was in Cameroon, sorting out my grandmother’s funeral arrangements, so I didn’t tell her about my results until I’d figured out what to do. I decided to look at clearing.

After ringing The Ucas exam helpline, I went to see Hull, and I’m now here studying biomedical science – the same course I was planning to study at Liverpool John Moores. In the end, everything worked out for the better. I think my results were meant to test me and get me ready for the maturities of adult life; now I’ve learned how to handle – and make the best out of – bad situations.

‘I felt like the world was telling me that I was stupid’

Leah Jacobs, 31, did A-levels in geography (C), maths (E) and physics (U) at JFS school in Harrow, north London

Results day was the hardest day of my life. I remember queuing up with my mates, and when I was handed my envelope the head of sixth form gave me a look … I knew then that it was bad, but when I saw the results I basically lost it – I remember screaming and shouting and crying. I thought it was the end of the world, and had no idea what my next step was. I felt like the world was telling me that I was stupid.

I wasn’t expecting the results – I had worked really hard that year, and had extra tutors in maths and physics. I had put everything else in my life on hold to ensure I did the best I could. I genuinely thought I had done quite well.

It took me a long time to get over my feelings of failure from results day, but in the process I found out I had undiagnosed dyslexia, which affects the way I deal with exam situations. I’ve realised that I am smart, but the A-level system was never going to reflect my true ability.

My head of sixth form advised me not to do retakes. I took a gap year and worked at a civil engineering firm, then I found a university – Nottingham Trent – that would take me with the results I had because of my work experience. In my third year I found tunnelling engineering and knew I wanted it to be my career. Since then, I’ve worked on large tunnel boring machines for Crossrail, two London Underground station upgrades and had an amazing experience working in New Zealand. The industry pays really well, which has allowed me to buy my own property, which a few of my peers who did well at A-levels have struggled to do.

‘I ran to the toilet, locked myself in a cubicle and cried’

Hannah Jones, 23, got two Ds and an E in history, English literature and psychology A-levels at Birchwood sixth-form college, Warrington, plus a distinction in a drama BTec

My A-level results were the last hurdle between me moving to Liverpool to start a new life studying drama at uni, and, after doing well at GCSE, I was quietly confident walking into college to pick up my results. My parents had high expectations too.

Then I opened the envelope and my eyes scanned over the letters that I definitely didn’t want to see. Without saying a word to anyone, I ran to the toilet, locked myself in a cubicle and cried. I was so embarrassed. I thought my future was completely over.

Friends who hadn’t revised as hard as I had did amazingly well and were getting places in top universities. It felt like everyone except me was celebrating that day.

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I’d always been such a high achiever; I didn’t feel like myself any more. I wished I’d prepared better for my results – I should have had a back-up plan for a worst-case scenario. It sounds gloomy but to others facing results day this year, I say prepare yourself for the worst and then anything else is a massive bonus.

Thanks to my coursework-based BTec, I managed to get into university – just – to study drama. But after six weeks I dropped out, having realised the course wasn’t for me. I moved back home and secured an apprenticeship at my local council and ended up in its PR department. All executive-level roles required a degree, so I went back to uni and last week graduated with a first-class degree in PR and marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University. I was the top performing student on my course, and now have a job as an account executive.

I’ve realised A-level results don’t define you. No employer has even asked for my A-level results and I’ve never thought about them since that day. Just because your forte isn’t being able to remember dates or formulae and write them all down in an hour, doesn’t mean you’re a failure. Work hard, be grateful, put yourself out there and you never know where your career might take you.

‘We stuck a pencil randomly in the clearing list; it fell on Brighton’

Sally Bunkham, 36, scored a C, E and U in English, home economics and art at Stamford high school for girls, Lincolnshire

I remember staring at my results and thinking: “I’ve stuffed that right up.” I had my heart set on going to Sheffield University, but that wasn’t an option any more. I sat on the concrete floor and listened to my friend’s voices celebrating around me, pretending I wasn’t bothered. In fact I was. I knew it was my own fault – I was just too interested in boys, drinking and going out socialising at the time.

One of my friends came to my house and persuaded me to look at the clearing list. We literally stuck a pencil on the list randomly and it landed on the University of Brighton, on a course about historical and cultural studies. I rang up and got in. I didn’t know a thing about Brighton and arrived that September having never even visited. But I enjoyed three fabulous years at university, made my best friends and later found my husband, and dad to my two kids – and we still live in Brighton.

I got a job straight after university in sales, then moved into events, and this year launched my own business, Mum’s Back, selling hamper gifts for new mums. It’s going really well and I’ve been on TV and radio talking about it.

A-levels are a world away. I asked my mum today if she could remember what I got and she had no idea. But the experience did have a lasting effect on me – even now, when I’m stressed, I have the same dream of being in that sports hall in an exam with no clue what any of the questions are about.

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