Average ACT Scores?

What's the average ACT score and GPA to get admitted to medical school ?
I was just wondering about that because I intend to apply for the school, in order to have early admission. What Is An Average ACT Score?

asked by Lyric in Universities | 4353 views | 12-28-2009 at 07:06 PM

What Is An Average Score on the ACT Test?

50% of students make less than a 20 on the ACT test, so you might say an average ACT Composite score is 20. But if you want to get into big state schools or prestigious East Coast universities your expectations will differ. Many state schools require an ACT score in the 22 to 25 range, while Ivy League schools expect composite scores of 30 or higher. If you want to get into your local college, getting a 19-20 on your ACT will work.

What Is the ACT?

“A.C.T.” stands for “American College Testing”. The ACT is produced by ACT, Inc. to help colleges determine students’ worthiness for college admissions. The test has existed since 1959 and is the second-most used test, behind the SAT, which has existed since 1901. Some students do better on the ACT than the SAT, so consider taking both and using the higher score.

All U.S. universities accept the ACT, though some place a different emphasis on the importance of the ACT in admissions. GPA, class rank, and extracurricular activities might take precedence.

The ACT is taken more often in the “middle states” than the ACT, while the SAT is used more on the East Coast and the West Coast. Exceptions include Texas and Indiana, who use the SAT more often than the ACT test, while most of the rest of the Midwest, South and Southwest use the ACT more often. There is some evidence that east coast states are beginning to use the ACT more often.

answered by Grace | 12-28-2009 at 07:08 PM

The importance of ACT scores should not be understimated. Colleges certainly take many factors into consideration when they make an admissions decision, but scores on the ACT or SAT give them the easiest tool with which to compare students. Put yourself in the shoes of an admissions officer for a moment. Which should you value more: Applicant A's semester in France or Applicant B's solo performance in the all-state symphony? It's a hard call. But a 34 on the ACT is undeniably more impressive than a 28.

Also, realize that most schools make their ACT data public, and they know that their reputations depend upon high numbers. A college won’t be considered "highly selective" or "elite" if its students have an average composite ACT score of 19.

So what is a good ACT score? The exam consists of four parts: English Language, Reading, Mathematics and Science. Each category receives a score between 1 (lowest) and 36 (highest). Those four scores are then averaged to generate the composite score used by most colleges. The average composite score is roughly a 20. That is, about 50% of test-takers score below a 20.

Source: about.com

answered by Roman | 12-28-2009 at 07:09 PM

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