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ACT Test Scores & College Readiness News Report

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by BruceRTalbot, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. BruceRTalbot

    BruceRTalbot 5-Year Member

    Apr 19, 2009
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    As an academy admissions partner I found this front page news report from the Chicago Tribune interesting. The report examines ACT scores as a predictor of college readiness for high school students. One finding: "Eight of 10 public high school juniors in Illinois weren't considered ready for college classes in all subjects based on ACT testing last spring."


    When competing for a college seat, reading ACT test prep books with practice tests and attending ACT prep seminars may help improve an application. Do keep in mind that the academy is looking for a well rounded applicant not students that ace a test but have little else to offer.
  2. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Jul 24, 2009
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    This information is also given to the ACT test taker once they have registered for the exam and is also quoted in the article:
    "The nonprofit ACT company stands by its readiness scores: at least 18 in English, 21 in reading, 22 in math and 24 in science. The top possible score is 36."
    The "readiness" scores for Math/English are much lower than the median scores of USCGA applicants.
    As Bruce stated, SA are looking for well rounded applicants to fit the whole person index. If you find your scores close to the "readiness" scores I strongly suggest that you study, test prep and retake.
    Best to all those applying.

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