The ACT College Report
The ACT College Report provides comprehensive information about a college-bound student’s needs, interests, background, and abilities. Each report includes the following sections:
- Identifying Information
- Scores and Predictive Data
- Admission/Enrollment Data
- College Selection Items
- Educational and Vocational Plans
- Educational Needs and Interests
- High School Course/Grade Information
- Interest Inventory Scores and Map Regions
Additional information can be found in The ACT User Handbook for Educators (PDF, 48 pages).
This section shows student identifying information provided at the time of registration or testing. In the top left corner and middle are the student’s name, mailing address, including country if not U.S., and telephone number (Telephone Types are: H = home, C = cell, O = other). In the top right corner are the student’s ACT ID, date of birth, and gender.
The bottom left includes the name of the student’s high school and code number reported at the time of registration or testing.
Test Location: To help colleges identify different sets of test scores that may be achieved in the same month, ACT reports the location where the test was taken. All test locations must be authorized by ACT. The possible test locations are:
- NATIONAL: Testing at a national test center on a national test date (National test centers are those within the U.S. plus those in U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada.)
- INTRNATL: Testing at an international test center on an international test date (International test centers are those outside the U.S., U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada.)
- STATE: In-school testing on a State and District testing date.
- DANTES: U.S. armed forces member or dependent on a U.S. military base
- SCHOOL: Testing not through any of the above test locations. (Includes scores reported before September 2007 as Arranged.)
In addition, scores achieved through locally scheduled on-campus administrations for admitted or applicant students are reported as RESIDUAL.
Date Tested: The month and year the student took the ACT.
Year of high school graduation or equivalent, reported by the student.
Scores and Predictive Data
This section shows the student’s scores on each of the multiple-choice subject area tests (scale 1-36) and associated subscores (scale 1-18). If the student took the ACT with writing, a writing score (scale 1-36) and four writing domain scores (scale 2-12) are reported. A student's writing score is not included in the calculation of the Composite score.
The English Language Arts (ELA) score, an average of the student’s English, reading and writing scores, and the STEM score, an average of the student’s mathematics and science scores, are reported when the students has all of the component scores. Both of these scores are rounded to the nearest whole number (0.5 is rounded up) and are on a scale of 1-36.
National norms for all of the scores described above are reported as cumulative percentages and, except for writing and ELA scores, are based on the scores of high school seniors who graduated during the previous three years. Because they are new this year, national norms for writing and ELA scores are based on a group of high school students who took the Writing test as part of a special study.
Institutional norms are reported for institutions that participated in ACT Research services and are cumulative percentages based the previous year’s first-time entering students.
The Understanding Complex Texts proficiency level is based on a subset of items in the reading test and indicates the student’s ability to identify the central meaning and purposes for a range of increasingly complex texts. There are three proficiency levels: Below Proficient, Proficient, and Above Proficient.
The Progress Toward Career Readiness indicates the student’s potential level of achievement on the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®). The ACT NCRC is an assessment-based credential that certifies skills critical to the student’s future education and career success. There are four levels: Progress Needs Improvement, Progress Toward Bronze NCRC, Progress Toward Silver NCRC, and Progress Toward Gold NCRC. This information is not to be considered a substitute for actual performance on the ACT NCRC.
Learn how ACT NCRC performance relates to job skill requirements at www.act.org/workkeys/briefs/files/NCRCRequirements.pdf
Predictive information is provided for colleges that participate in the ACT Admissions Service.
The overall GPA chances of success section contains the student’s estimated chance of earning a first-year college GPA of B or higher, and C or higher. The chances are an indication of the level of success a student may achieve if they were a member of the specified group (e.g., all first-time entering freshmen, education majors, or first generation attending college).
The specific course chances of success section contains the student’s estimated chance of earning a course grade of B or higher, and C or higher in college courses selected by the institution.
Both types of chances are based on a student’s ACT scores and High School GPAs and provide information to help determine if a student is academically prepared to succeed in your institution as a member of a certain group and/or in specific college courses.
Admission / Enrollment Data
- The institution's ACT code and choice among institutions authorized by the student to receive College Reports. "S" under "Choice" indicates a Supplemental report and "C" indicates Residual Testing.
- Self-reported disability information, reported only if volunteered by the student and if reporting is authorized by the college.
College Selection Items by Rank Order
The student's ranking of seven college choice factors and preferences regarding five of the factors.
Educational and Vocational Plans
A major and first vocational choice, selected by the student from an extensive list of educational majors and vocational choices. For both the major choice and first vocational choice, the student's indicated degree of certainty is VERY SURE, FAIRLY SURE, or NOT SURE.
Student's ultimate degree objective from among the following:
- BUS/TECH CERTIFICATEvocational/technical or certificate program
- ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE (2 YR)two-year college degree
- BACHELOR'S DEGREE (4 YR)bachelor's degree program
- GRAD STUDY/MASTER'S LEVELone or two years of graduate study (MA, MBA, etc.)
- DOCTORATE/PROF DEGREEprofessional level degree (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)
College Educational Needs and Interests
Expressed need for assistance with educational development and interest in selected programs.
Plans to Seek Financial Aid
Indication of plans to seek financial aid or work while in school.
The ACT Interest Inventory measures six major types of interest. The six standard scores and percentile ranks are based on a nationally representative sample of grade 12 students.
On the World-of-Work Map, region indicators help the student relate work activity preferences, as assessed by the ACT Interest Inventory, to groups of occupations. The World-of-Work Map appears on the back of the College Report.
Self-Reported High School Information
Information about the student's high school graduating class and record, including self-reported rank and range of grade point average on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
Subjects Studied and Advanced Placement
The number of years the student studied these subjects in high school. YES indicates the student was enrolled in an advanced placement, accelerated, or Honors course.
Extracurricular activities. In the top row, Y (yes) or N (no) indicates whether the student participated in the stated activities in high school. Responses in the bottom row indicate whether the student plans to participate in these activities in college.
If the student provided an e-mail address when he or she established an ACT Web account or tested on a State and District test date, it is shown here.
The first three Background Information items can be released only to colleges that authorize ACT Reporting Services to report them.
An asterisk (*) prints in the special message box if enough information is not available to provide predictive information to colleges that participate in ACT Predictive Services.
Self-Reported High School Course/Grade Information
- Covers 30 college-preparatory courses in six major curricular areas: English, mathematics, natural sciences, social studies, language, and arts. This information is provided only for students who test through national, international, or state testing and report this information.
- Indicates courses taken (T), courses not taken but planned (P), and courses not planned at all (N).
- Provides self-reported grades for courses completed (A, B, C, D, or F).
Download an actual-size copy of the sample report (PDF; 2 pages).