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Spring News from the College Board and ACT: Scholarships and Superscoring

The College Board and the ACT, the two organizations which administer the college entrance exams in the U.S., recently released news statements that will be of interest to students and parents. Below, find updates on each.

College Board: Scholarships Amounting to $1 Million

The College Board just released a list of 25 high school seniors who received a cumulative $1 million in scholarships. That is to say, each senior earned $40,000 to put toward their education, through completion of the College Board Opportunity Program. The program is a series of steps that helps students prepare for college, and the fulfillment of it puts a student in the running to receive a large sum of money. Below are the six steps as enumerated on the official website:

  1. Build Your College List: Students get started by exploring colleges they’re interested in.
  2. Practice for the SAT: Students use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to get ready for test day.
  3. Explore Scholarships: Students find scholarships and other aid to help pay for college.
  4. Strengthen Your College List: Students make sure their list has a mix of reach, match, and safety schools.
  5. Complete the FAFSA: Students complete the free government form to apply for financial aid.
  6. Apply to Colleges: Students apply to 2 or more colleges they want to attend.

The College Board has pledged a total of $25 million over the past 5 years to the program, which is currently open to juniors, in the class of 2022. Further information on how to enter can be found here.

ACT: Superscoring: Newly Available

At the beginning of April, the ACT put out a press release that announced the inception of superscoring. Following currently available evidence that superscoring is the best predictor of how a student will fare in college courses, the organization has decided to make the process automatic for students who plan to use those test scores in their college applications. Further information, as written on the official ACT website, is below:

ACT announced today that it will provide an automatically calculated ACT Superscore to all students who have taken the ACT test more than once from September 2016 to the current day. A student must have scores from at least two test administrations in their MyACT account for ACT to calculate a superscore—the average of the four best subject scores (English, math, reading, and science) across all ACT test events.

These two noteworthy events are of great significance for students planning their college journeys. Juniors, in particular, should take advantage of the College Board program, and seniors should make sure they qualify for an ACT superscore in order to increase their chances of college acceptance.

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