Other than the obvious answers that a 36 is perfect and a 35 is not and that less people get perfect scores than 35s in a given year, do colleges hold a 36 in a substantially higher regard when reviewing applications?

I'm asking because my section scores in the ACT yielded a composite of 35.25, which rounds down to a 35. Knowing how the ACT is scored, when you get to the 34-36 range your score on a section can change by a whole point based on just one question. It made me wonder if that was the literal difference between the score I have and a 36: one question. Do you think when colleges look at the section scores and see how close they were to totaling a 36 if they would consider that maybe if I was a bit luckier or just had a slightly better day then I would've gotten that "sacred" perfect score? Or do you think that with the amount of applications colleges deal with, they don't take the time to trivialize such small differences?

asked 15 Nov '17, 14:32

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