The ACT Test Plan for the Future

Preparing for What Comes Next

Section Retesting:
Retake one specific test section, instead of the full test.

Section retesting enables students to showcase their skills and accomplishments gained over a lifetime – not just their test-taking abilities on a particular day. 

Our priority is to expand access to full ACT testing, particularly for students in need of a composite score for admissions decisions, scholarship opportunities, placement, and career insights. In order to do this, the rollout of section retesting has been postponed.

Why Section Retesting is Important and How it Promotes Student Success

Available for all students who have taken the full ACT test.

  • Lets students take individual ACT test sections or subjects again.
  • Students must first take a full ACT test and have a valid composite score on file.
  • Students may take up to three section retests on any one test date.
  • There are no limits on the number of times a student may take a retest.  
  • Offered seven times a year, on the same dates as the national ACT test

The Official ACT Subject Guides

Leaders in Education Discuss New ACT Test Options

Phillip Jacobs, Tennessee Department of Education, discusses why the new Section Retesting option is going to be popular with students. 

Section Retesting FAQs

1 Section Retest: $44

2 Section Retests: $48

3 Section Retests: $52

All ACT test pricing

Our extensive research confirms that section retesting gives students the opportunity to showcase their skills and accomplishments gained over a lifetime, not just their test-taking abilities on one particular day.

...will colleges receive for section retakes?

We recommend that colleges adopt the ACT section retest score into their score-use policy and superscore the ACT. Superscores are just as predictive – if not more predictive – of first-year grades than other scoring methods. See ACT’s recommended score-use policy.

 ...composite score

Since the composite score is the average of students’ four scores across English, math, reading, and science, a higher retest score in any of these subject areas will increase the overall test average.

Yes, students can request four fee waivers, and they can use those fee waivers for full tests or section retests. Students may take up to three sections on one test day, and will only need to use one fee waiver, as opposed to three.

There will be no limit on the number of times someone can retake a section—or multiple sections—of the ACT test.