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    Colleges for a 33 ACT Score

    The national rank for a composite ACT score of 33 is 98. National rank is the percentile of students who score lower than a certain ACT score. Students with a 33 ACT scored higher than 98 percent of all test-takers. Only two percent of test-takers earn an ACT score over 33.

    If you earned a 33 on the ACT, congratulations!

    33 is an excellent ACT score. The highest possible ACT score is a 36, so a 33 is just three points lower than a perfect score. A 33 ACT is much higher than the average ACT score of 20.

    Many highly selective colleges look for ACT scores ranging from 27-31. Top colleges and universities look for ACTs in the 32-36 range.

    From the forums:

    Is a 33 on the ACT good enough for top colleges?

    "I took the ACT twice so far with a 30 the first time and a 33 the second. I’m looking to get into some top 15 schools such as Johns Hopkins, Duke, etc. Should I try going for a higher score, or should I go for the SAT?"

    Top answer:

    "My impression is that a composite score of 34 on the ACT places one among the most elite tier. So, while there is little benefit in retaking an ACT score of 34, there may be substantial benefit in retaking a 33 ACT score"

    See more responses on the CC forums and explore colleges for a 33 ACT score below.

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