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Thomas Broderick

MIT ACT Scores

So you think you got what it takes, eh? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most competitive schools in the United States. With its worldwide reputation, MIT hand picks its future students from an over-qualified pool. But If you’re interested in putting up with Boston’s cold winters for four years (or more if you go on to earn a graduate degree), this article will help you learn about what ACT score you need to be a successful applicant.


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If you’ve just started to consider MIT as a potential college, you couldn’t have picked a better school. As the word ‘technology’ is in MIT’s name, MIT is a school focused on the sciences. In fact, its undergraduate program only offers bachelor of science degrees. If your life’s goal is to change the world through computer science or engineering, MIT is the school for you.


So What ACT Score do I Need?

Here’s the short answer: a 36. I know that’s a tall order, but here’s what you’re up against. All of this information comes directly from MIT.

  • Only 8% of students who apply to MIT are accepted.
  • The middle 50% score rage on the ACT for admitted students is 33-35.
    • This means a full 25% of applicants earned a 35 or 36 on the ACT!
  • Only 12% of students with 34-36 composite ACT scores are accepted.


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Matt Damon may have played a genius in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ but he still would have needed a perfect 36 to get into MIT.


Still feel that you want to apply? Sure that perfectly fine state school or community college won’t do the trick? Okay, I see that your heart’s set on MIT. I may be more than a decade older than you, but I still remember the feeling of REALLY WANTING to go to a certain college. Let’s get you that 36.


Attaining Perfection

“I won’t lie to you about your chances, but you have my sympathies.”

-Ash, Alien

In other words, it’s really, really, really hard to earn a 36 on the ACT. It’s time for some advanced ACT training if a 36 is really your goal. Follow the experts’ lessons.

Even if you learn everything from the experts, you may only earn a 34 or 35 on the ACT. Don’t feel too disappointed. The difference between a 34 and 36 composite score is only a handful a questions. MIT knows this, and that why so few of the ‘perfect 36’ students are accepted.


Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Test scores aren’t everything. Though a 34-36 score on the ACT might impress your state’s public colleges (and earn you a full ride, to boot), at MIT you’re just another big fish in a big pond with a bunch of other big fish.

First, take a look at what MIT wants in its applicants. Like many ultra-selective schools, they are extremely open about whom they’re looking for. By being open they hope to attract students who would be a great fit, and dissuade those whose talents and skills would be a better match somewhere else.

So if you still think that MIT is the school for you, best of luck. See you on the quad, and don’t’ forget to start learning a proper “Bawstin” accent.


About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.

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