For high school graduates from 2016, 2017, and 2018, a composite score of 30 was at the 93rd cumulative percent. On the English Test, a 30 was at the 91st cumulative percent; on the Mathematics Test, the 95th cumulative percent; on the Reading Test, the 88th cumulative percent; on the Science Test, the 94th cumulative percent.
Thus, for most students, 30 is a good score. However, a 30 is below the average score of students admitted to the nation’s most selective schools. For instance, at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and Columbia, the 25th percentile ACT score is 33 and the 75th percentile score is 35. At the University of Pennsylvania, this interquartile range is 34–36; at Cornell and Dartmouth, 32–35.
If you feel you need to improve your score, don’t worry! Few students achieve their goal the first time they take the ACT; however, with long-term study of the concepts and practice applying them, all students can improve their scores.
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