‘Input factors’ refers to the standard numbers that colleges use to make admissions decisions: High school GPA and the standardized college aptitude tests used in the US–the ACT and SAT.
Reading the Charts
These charts are designed to help you “compare & contrast” the college/s which you find appealing, so you can gather the data to support which would be a good match for you!
When you have chosen an institution to look at more closely and its page first loads, you should see something like this:
The chart is a histogram — the ‘y’ axis corresponds to the number of colleges and universities that accept students with the score on the ‘x’ axis. The yellow curve represents the bottom 25% of accepted students, and the blue represents the top 25% of the accepted students. So for any given school, 50% of accepted students will lie within the relevant red and blue lines.
You should see two solid lines: one yellow, one blue:
So 50% of all students accepted by this University fall between 16 and 23 on the ACT.
Since the dark yellow line is slightly below the middle of the ‘yellow’ curve, we can say that this University’s lower end is slightly below average. The high end, the blue line, is similarly slightly below average. So if you have scores between 16 and 23, you’ll be in good company here.
If you have a membership and have added your test scores, you will see a solid black line on the chart that represents your score.
You should also notice that there are dots under the chart.
Swipe to the left to see charts for the other main tests.