ACT SCORING | How to Use the Sliding Scale

How To Use The Sliding Scale

How to Use the Sliding Scale | ACT Scoring | NCAA Eligibility

ACT Scoring & NCAA Eligibility

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How to Use the Sliding Scale 

This is probably the most common question I get from parents regarding qualifying for college sports. The first thing you need to understand is that there are two things that actually matter. One, your core grade point average (you can get a core course list from your high school counselor). Second, your composite ACT score means nothing to an athlete trying to qualify for collegiate athletics. Here a list of the 3 things you need to understand when trying to qualify for college. 

1.) Your qualification is based on the Sliding Scale which is a comparison of the "total points" you score on the ACT to your GPA. 

2.) Your "total points" are your scores from each section added up. For example, if Joe Shmo's scores were a 15 in Math, 15 in Science, 14 in English, and a 17 in Reading his "total points" would be 61. Now take this number and find it on Sliding Scale A which you can get from the NCAA Clearing House website. As you can see, you would need a 2.675 GPA to be eligible to play NCAA Division 1 College Football. 

3.) Here's the catch! It makes no difference how many times you take the ACT. It makes no difference what your composite score is on each test. Why? Because they only take your best scores from each section from all your test attempts. Here's an example, our buddy Joe Shmo who took the test 5 different times. Notice the scores in red are his best scores from each section and will be used to calculate his "total points."

TEST

ENGLISH

READING

MATH

SCIENCE

COMPOSITE

I

14

15

17

15

15 (61)

II

15

14

21

15

16 (65)

III

20

16

17

16

17 (69)

IV

16

18

17

22

18 (73)

V

17

21

18

18

19 (74)

BEST

20

21

21

22

21 (84)

The ACT is no different than football. When you do it the first time, you have a great deal of anxiety and may freeze under the pressure. Like football, you practice every day and become comfortable with the skills needed to achieve.
You will be a better player every game because of your practice and preparation; and the same holds true with the standardized ACT (CLICK HERE to see our favorite test preparation materials).

Considering all 5 tests Joe Shmo took he now has 84 total points on the test. The scores in red are the best ones that count. When we compare this to the sliding scale we see that he needs a 2.125 GPA which is a lot lower than what he needed after the first test. 
Obviously, the goal is not to get by with the minimum scores and GPA but you do need to know what they are and what your goal needs to be. If you are on the edge of eligibility it is imperative that you know what your next test scores need to be or what grade you need to achieve in your next class. 

If you need preparation materials for this test our recommendations can be found HERE .

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