Colleges and universities have different policies for accepting multiple sets of test scores from students. Some prefer the most recent test scores, while others use the highest test results from across all test attempts.
More students are applying to college having taken the ACT multiple times. This has an impact on higher education - which scores should be used in the college admission decision process? The scores from the most recently taken test or the highest scores from each individual exam from across multiple tests?
While some schools calculate the average across all ACT tests, others calculate a superscore.
The superscore takes the highest ACT subject scores (English, Math, Reading, and Science) from all of the student's test attempts and averages them to create a new ACT composite score.
Superscoring is ACT test option to increase students opportunities for college admissions and scholarships, is now available from ACT. ACT provides an automatically calculated ACT Superscore to all students who have taken the ACT test more than once from September 2016 to current day. A student must have scores from at least two test administrations in their MyACT account for ACT to calculate a superscore.
Extensive research suggests that, among students who take the ACT more than once, superscoring is the best scoring method for predicting how students will perform in their college courses. This is true across income level, race or ethnicity, gender, and other subgroups, meaning students from traditionally underserved populations may benefit most from superscoring.