Returning Test Materials to ACT for Standard Scoring and Reporting

Upon completion of the test administration, an institution must fill in the CAAP Scoring and Reporting Service Request form, which will be included with your test materials. All answer documents are returned to ACT in Iowa City, Iowa, for scoring, with the exception of locally scored essays, in which case the institution retains the essay responses for scoring on its own campus. If faculty wishes to review the answer booklets for ACT-scored essays, the institution will need to photocopy all essays before returning them to ACT. The process ACT uses for scoring separates the pages of each essay so they cannot be returned at a later date.

CAAP is a secure test and thus all test booklets and answer documents, used and unused, must be returned at the end of the two-week testing period before scores can be released. Requests for extensions will be considered; contact CAAP Customer Service at 319/337-1576.

Used answer documents should be returned in the white preaddressed envelopes provided. All remaining test materials (used and unused) should be returned to ACT in the original shipment boxes. Reverse the flaps of the boxes and re-mail them by UPS or some other traceable means.

ACT Turnaround Time

All standard reports for objective tests are sent out within 10 working days of ACT's receipt of the answer folders. All standard reports for essay tests are sent out within 20 working days of ACT's receipt of the answer booklets.

When objective tests and essay tests are administered to the same students, the total reports are sent out after the essays have been scored. If objective test results are needed earlier, please notify CAAP Customer Services when returning the answer folders.


After all materials have been scored, a bill will be prepared and mailed for payment. Scoring fees are applicable at the time scoring occurs. If you order essays to be locally scored, you will be billed at the time your order is placed for the number of essays you requested. Institutions are billed based on the number of students tested and the number of tests each student will take on a single answer folder.