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What is a good ACT score?

Ask ten college counselors what they think a good ACT score is, and chances are you'll get ten different answers! A good ACT score for you depends on your goals, the types of colleges you want to attend, and your other qualifications. The highest ACT score possible is a 36, and the national average is around a 25. Many students who are applying to the most selective colleges and universities aim for a 34 or higher on the ACT, and may retake the test if they get below a 32. However there are many, many other excellent schools that are not as competitive and accept students with lower ACT scores.

Find your ACT score below, and then click for a list of colleges where your score is in the average for accepted students.

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