The ACT Test Plan for the Future

Preparing for What Comes Next

Superscoring Postponed Due to COVID-19

ACT postponed the introduction of superscoring during 2020 due to system issues and test center capacity brought about by the pandemic. We are planning to release superscoring soon and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Superscoring:
Keep your best section scores, and use your best overall score.

The ACT Superscore is beneficial because it takes the average of the four best subject scores from each ACT test attempt—and counts it as your official score.

Why Superscoring is Important and How it Promotes Student Success

At ACT, we are grounded in research. We listen and respond when new information comes to light. Over the last two years, we’ve been investigating whether Superscoring is a fair and valid practice. After extensive research, we found that Superscores were more predictive of how students would perform in their college courses than other scoring methods.

A few things to know about Superscoring: 

  • ACT supports the use of superscoring in making college admissions decisions.  
  • Colleges set their own policies regarding superscoring. However, ACT will supply them at least one full composite score with each superscore, plus all the scores from the test events that are part of the superscore composite. 
  • We encourage colleges and universities to consider adding superscoring to their score-use policy because, as our research shows, superscores are just as predictive – if not more predictive – of first-year grades than other scoring methods.   
 

Get a head start on college planning by understanding your superscore.

Leaders in Education Discuss New ACT Test Options
 

Why Superscoring is Important to Students

Watch as Dr. Tony Thacker (Alabama Assistant State Superintendent of Education and head of the Office of Evaluation and Innovation), shares insights on the benefits of Superscoring.

Do You Believe Superscores Are Predictive of College Readiness?

Watch as Phillip Jacobs (from the Tennessee Department of Education), discusses his views on superscores and their ability to predict college readiness.