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### What is ACT certificate?

ACT (American College Test) is another type of college entrance exam. Similar to SAT, It’s a multiple-choice test that allows admissions boards to decide if a high school student is ready to fit into the academic level and environment of college at their institution.

Just like SAT, ACT can be used as one of the main methods to apply for admission in prestigious colleges in America. However, what is considered a high ACT score to apply for a scholarship?

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### How much ACT score is required for scholarship?

ACT score is ranged from 1 to 36, the better you do on the test, the higher your score will be. However, there is a clear discrepancy between the “good” ACT score and the rest.

To further understand the question above, we must fully grasp the meaning behind our ACT score. Similar to SAT score, your ACT score is equivalent to a percentile that compares how you did to the general population of ACT test-takers. A higher percentile score means you scored higher than that percent of students.

The average ACT score is 20,6 so if you manage to get a 21, that means you scored higher than 50% of total participants. Here’s an abbreviated chart with ACT score percentiles for students from the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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 Score ACT English Percentile ACT Math Percentile ACT Reading Percentile ACT Science Percentile Composite Percentile 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 1 3 3 1 13 19 4 14 10 10 16 37 33 29 26 28 18 45 49 39 39 41 20 55 58 50 51 53 22 65 65 61 64 64 24 75 74 71 77 74 26 82 84 77 85 82 28 86 91 82 90 88 30 89 94 83 93 93 34 96 99 96 98 99 36 99 99 99 99 99

From the chart above, we can draw the following conclusion:

• ACT score <16 = bottom 25%
• ACT score =21 = right in the middle! (average score)
• ACT score >24 = top 25%
• ACT score >29 = top 10%
• ACT score >31 = top 5%
• ACT score >35 = top 1% of test-takers

So how much ACT score is required for scholarship? The information listed above can only tell you about how your ACT score is compared to other students, but the real question is what makes a good ACT score for you personally. What makes a good ACT score for you is all relative, and mostly based on where you are trying to get into college. Of course, it’s also worth noting that the higher your standardized test scores, the more likely you are to get offered merit scholarships.

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