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Information for High Schools

How do I get started?
Your school may have already set up an account. Check with your principal first. If your school does not have an account, request one here.

How many people at our school can access ACT Essay View?
Each school is given one registration key that establishes an account for the school. The ACT contact person for your school can provide the account login information to as many individuals at your school as they authorize. In fact, ACT encourages the contact person to make this service known to others at the school, including English teachers or others assisting students, or those making decisions on the basis of the ACT writing results.

Whose essays will our school be able to view?
You will be able to view essays by all students who took the ACT writing test and reported their scores to your high school.

When are essay images available?
ACT scores and essay images are typically available 3–8 weeks after the test date.

What type of information is available along with the essay image?
In addition to the image of the actual written response, you will see the student's identification information and the prompt to which the student was asked to respond. You will also see:

  • for test events beginning in September 2015 - the writing score, writing domain scores, Composite score and English score. (See the Sample Student Essay.)
  • for test events prior to September 2015 - comments assigned by one of the readers who scored the essay, the English score, Writing subscore, combined English/Writing score, and Composite score (See the Sample Student Essay.)

What are some suggested ways to use the essay images?
The text of student essays may be used in a variety of ways. Teachers may want to read all the essays for students in a particular class (if all or most took the ACT writing test) and make their own observations about the performance of their students. Essays may also be used in individual tutorial sessions with students. Allowing students to score their own essays with the scoring rubric or asking them to rewrite or revise their essays can help them learn where and how to improve their writing.

Are we able to print or save the essays?
You may view the essays online, print them immediately, or save the images for future access.

Can we find more than one student's essay at a time?
You may perform queries and searches to find and view an individual student's essay or select and view the essays for a group of students.

What if we cannot find the essay for a particular student?
If your school has received an official score report for that student directly from ACT, the essay should be available for you to view. Recheck to be sure the student took the ACT writing test and reported their scores to your high school. If you believe you should be able to view a student's essay, please contact ACT at 319/337-1245.

What if a student takes the ACT writing test more than once?
If the student reports their scores to your high school each time he/she tests, you will have access to the essay images from all test dates for that student.

Do students have access to ACT Essay View?
No, only high schools and colleges have access to ACT Essay View.

How much does the service cost?
ACT Essay View is provided to your school free of charge with unlimited use.

What if we have questions?
Please call ACT at 319/337-1245 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., central time, Monday through Friday.