Why is a high ACT score important?
- College Entrance – higher scores open many more doors
- Scholarships – every point counts. The higher the score, the higher the scholarship.
- A score of 31 or higher automatically earns a Missouri resident a $2000 “Bright Flight” scholarship to all Missouri colleges and universities.
- ACT scores are directly tied to all other scholarship awards as well.
What colleges and universities accept the ACT?
- All accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT.
Does every student have to take the ACT?
- All Missouri high school juniors are required to take the ACT in April. They take the four subject test and the writing test.
What does the ACT test include?
- Multiple choice standardized test questions
- Four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science
- Scored on a scale of 1-36
- Offered six times each year: in September, October, December, February, April, and June. For a charge, students can order copies of their graded December, April, and June ACT tests.
What is the ACT optional writing section?
- Measures a student’s reasoning and writing skills
- Missouri juniors are required to take
writingportion of the test when they take the ACT in April
- The test is scored on a scale of 8-36 based on 4 domain scores, each having a scale of 2-12. Writing score is not included in the composite score but yields two additional scores: a Writing Score and a Composite English/Writing Score.
What is the ACT Super Score some colleges and universities are now using?
- The Super Score is obtained by computing the highest subject score a student earns on all prior ACT tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science.
- Super scores help both students and universities raise composite scores.
Example: a student who has scored an 18, 21, and 24 on three Math ACT tests will receive a 24 on the math super score.
Does the ACT offer accommodations?
- ACT provides accommodations, including extra time, for students with IEPS and 504 Plans.
- Request for accommodations must be made by the school counselor at least 6 weeks before the test.
What is the minimum ACT score required for the University of Missouri?
- Minimum ACT score for entry to the University of Missouri is a 21.
- Average ACT score at the University of Missouri is a 25.
Minimum ACT scores for University of Missouri Scholarships
|Award||ACT Score||Other Criteria||Application||Scholarship Amount|
|Excellence Award||27-36||Top 25% class rank||Automatic||$2000|
|Excellence Award||27-36||Top 50% class rank||Automatic||$1000|
|Curator’s Award||28||Top 5% class rank||Automatic||$4500|
|Chancellor’s Award||31||Top 10% class rank||Automatic||$6500|
|Quadrangle Award||30||Homeschooled or non-accredited high school||Automatic||$2000|
|Mizzou Scholars Award||33||Excellent high school record||Apply by Dec 1 with resume and essay||$10000|
|Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship||27||Minority Scholarship||Apply by Dec 1||$15000 with additional $7000 possible for study abroad|
|George C. Brooks Scholarship||25||Minority Scholarship||Apply by Dec 1||$7500|
20 Highest Ranked Colleges
|4 (tied)||University of Chicago||32/35|
|7||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||33/35|
|9||University of Pennsylvania||31/34|
|10 (tied)||California Institute of Technology||34/35|
|10 (tied)||Johns Hopkins||31/34|
|12 (tied)||Dartmouth College||30/34|
|12 (tied)||Northwestern University||31/34|
|15 (tied)||Cornell University||30/34|
|15 (tied)||Vanderbilt University||32/34|
|15 (tied)||Washington University||32/34|
|18 (tied)||Rice University||31/34|
|18 (tied)||University of Notre Dame||32/34|
ACT scores for direct admission to competitive programs at the University of Missouri
|Program||ACT Composite||ACT Math|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||32||32|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering||32||32|
|Mechanical and Aerospace||32||32|
|Industrial and Manufacturing Systems||32||
Average ACT Scores for Missouri Colleges and Universities
|School||Average ACT Score|
|Central Methodist University||21|
|Missouri University of Science & Technology||28|
|Missouri State University||24|
|University of Missouri||25|
|University of Missouri-Kansas City||24|