ACT college admission test to soon offer single section retakes next year

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If students need to improve their ACT scores they will soon have a new alternative come this time next year.

Starting September 2020, students who have taken the ACT once who aren’t satisfied with one or more sections of the exam can choose to retake individual portions instead of having to take the entire test over.

Separate section scores can then be added into a “superscore,” which can in turn raise the student’s overall composite score; ultimately helping them to earn scholarships.

According to ACT officials, it is still unknown whether all colleges will accept superscores, but all will be reported.

The ACT has five sections: reading, English, math, science and writing. With the exception of the writing portion, the maximum score for each section that can be obtained is a 36. The composite score is a combination of all scores (except writing), with the highest score also being 36.

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