Make Extracurricular Activities Count

Higher Involvement Can Result in Higher ACT Composite Scores

Participate in sports and clubs that interest you.

Extracurricular activities can help improve discipline, determination, commitment, communication, and social connection—which are all skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. Our advice? Choose to participate in the sports and clubs that interest you most. According to ACT research, involvement in high school activities is often associated with higher ACT Composite scores, regardless of a student’s GPA.

These activities can help you:

  • Build leadership skills 
  • Become a team player 
  • Nurture your creativity 
  • Expand your experiences 
  • Enhance your abilities 
  • Identify your strengths

In addition, colleges appreciate hard work and want to attract students who have interests and strengths beyond the books. In some cases, you can earn money toward your college education for success in extracurricular activities.