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Will 20 on ACT Get Me Into College?

Question: Will an ACT composite score of 20 with 8 on the essay secure me admission into a college?

Your ACT composite of 20 is slightly below the national average of about 21.1, but it's right around the average–or even above it–in many individual states. (See http://www.act.org/newsroom/data/2012/states.html ) Your essay score of 8 is roughly a median score as well.

So, yes, you can certainly be admitted to college with this score.. However, I don't know where you're aiming. If the answer is Harvard or Yale, then probably not. But there are many good institutions that will welcome you with this score, assuming that your GPA is also within the acceptable range as well. If you're not sure which ones might interest you, try College Confidential's “Supermatch" at http://www.collegeconfidential.com/college_search/ .

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