Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

To Raise Scores, ACT Will Allow Students To Re-Take Individual Sections Of Test, Release 'Superscore' Of A Student's Highest Scores After Up To 12 Retests

Press Release, ACT Test to Provide New Options Designed to Offer Students More Choices, Faster Results:

ACTACT, the maker of the ACT® test used in college admissions, today announced plans to introduce three new options to improve students’ test-taking experience and increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships.

Beginning with the September 2020 national ACT test date, students who have taken the ACT will have the option to retake individual sections of the ACT test instead of the entire exam.

Students will also have the choice of taking the ACT online, with faster test results, on national test dates, and those who take the test more than once will be provided an ACT “superscore” that calculates their highest possible ACT composite score.

New York Times, ACT Change Will Allow Students to Retake Individual Sections:

High schoolers will find it easier next year to submit a high ACT exam score as part of the competitive college admissions process.

Officials at ACT, which makes the exam, said on Tuesday that starting next September, students would be able to retake specific sections rather than the entire test, which lasts about three hours.

The change would allow students to avoid getting a worse grade on a section they had scored well on earlier. Although a growing number of colleges and universities have made test scores an optional part of college applications, many high schoolers feel pressure to score highly on the ACT and SAT exams.

There are five subsections on the ACT — reading, math, science, English and writing, which is optional — graded on a scale of 1 to 36. Scores on the four required sections are averaged into a composite score. But a student’s highest composite score may not necessarily include the highest subscores if they were achieved on a test with a lower composite score.

Starting in September, students will get a new “superscore” that combines their highest scores on the subsections from the different times they took the test. Currently, if students who have taken the test more than once want colleges to see their best subscores, they have to send in multiple test results. ...

Students can take the test up to 12 times, though most take it only once or twice. According to the ACT, research shows that students who take the test more than once have slightly higher first-year college grades than those who take the test a single time. The organization’s theory is that those students are motivated to succeed, which translates into better academic performance.

Wall Street Journal, ACT to Allow Students to Retake Parts of College Entrance Exam

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> choice of taking the ACT online

What could possibly go wrong

Posted by: Junior Varsity Oranges | Oct 8, 2019 5:18:29 AM

Talk about a corrupt organization that alters their rules in order to generate more revenues for themselves. We all know that those who take the test multiple times will be mostly from affluent families. ACT staff may be congratulating themselves on their cleverness but the result of actions like this will be to simply encourage more colleges to drop the use of standardized tests in applications.

Posted by: PaulB | Oct 8, 2019 7:56:49 AM

All this will show is the sum of the scores one can get by cramming one section at a time...generally for another fee per time of course.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Oct 9, 2019 5:10:26 AM