What’s a Superscore and How Do I Use It?

The ACT provides you with a composite score based on the average of your scores in English, math, reading, and science. A superscore combines your best section scores from different test dates, creating a supersized composite score.

If you’re applying to a college that allows you to self-report your scores, here are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • Many colleges use the Common App for their incoming students. If you’re applying to a school on the common app, they will superscore for you. Once you enter each test date and the corresponding scores, the common app determines your superscore.
  • Each college determines its testing policies. Search the college’s website and FAQ pages to see how or if they view standardized test scores.
  • Call, email, or DM the admissions office if you’re unsure what to report. They’re more than happy to let you know what they prefer. 
  • You will have to send official test scores once you’re accepted, so understanding each school’s policy will help you stay on the right track.

Make the most of superscoring:

  • Plan to take the ACT multiple times to show off your skills. Treat your first try as a warm-up, and remember, practice makes progress! You’ll have more chances to unleash your full potential.
  • Identify the sections that need some extra attention. After each test attempt, assess which sections you want to target for improvement. Devote extra time and effort to study and practice those areas before your next test.
  • Strategically plan your test dates and consider spacing them out. This allows ample time for targeted preparation between exams, maximizing your chances of improving in key sections.
  • Maintain a record of your section scores for each test attempt. This will help you find patterns, track progress, and determine which sections to prioritize for your superscore.
  • Research the policies of the colleges you are interested in to determine if submitting a superscore will help with admission and scholarships. Not all colleges accept or consider superscores. 
  • Learn more at ACT.org.