Do Colleges Have A Minimum SAT or ACT Score?

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If you're preparing for college, you've probably read all you can about the average GPA and test scores at the schools on your list, and you've pored over the data detailing which colleges may be a fit for you. But while it's normal to fall outside of the averages in terms of grades and test scores, some students wonder whether their SAT or ACT scores might be too low – which begs the question of whether schools have minimum test score requirements that you must meet before applying.

There is no blanket yes or no answer to this question that covers all colleges – after all, some schools don't require that you take the SAT or ACT at all. But certain schools do have a minimum ACT or SAT requirement, and some state university systems have minimums as well, which they stick to pretty strongly.

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