ACT Test Scores

Viewing, Sending, and Understanding Your Scores

Scores for the ACT Test

How can I see my scores?

When available, your scores are posted online and accessed using your secure MyACT account. Scores are processed and added multiple times a week, so keep checking in if you can’t see yours yet. Viewing your scores online does not speed up reporting.

Please note: Customer Care cannot provide your scores by phone, email, chat, or fax. 

  • Multiple choice scores are normally available within two weeks after each national test date, but it can sometimes take up to eight weeks. 
  • Writing scores are normally available about two weeks after your multiple-choice scores.

If you took the writing test, your overall scores are not officially reported until your writing scores have been added.

Regarding the October and February test dates only: Scores from these test dates are available within 3-8 weeks, due to equating. Equating procedures ensure that scores reported have a constant meaning across test forms.  

 

Score reporting dates

National test dateMultiple-choice scores first posted online
September 12-13, 2020 September 28 – November 6 
September 19, 2020 October 5 – November 13 

The score release window for September 2020 test dates has been pushed out by a few days due to scoring system enhancements. After September, we will be back to our typical score release schedule. Read the announcement for more information.

Some institutions may be interested in seeing the email you received about the score delay as you approach their admission and scholarship deadlines. This always remains at their discretion.

Occasionally we are unable to post scores when expected. If yours are not available yet, it may be due to one of these issues: 

  • Answer documents from your test center arrived late or your test date was rescheduled.

  • The "Matching Information" you provided on the answer document (name, date of birth, and Match Number) is not consistent with the Matching Information on your admission ticket. Scores cannot be reported until they can be accurately matched to the correct person. About 8–10 percent of examinees provide inconsistent information. 

  • You provided incomplete or inaccurate test form information on the answer document, or the answer document has not cleared all other scoring accuracy checks. 

  • An irregularity is reported at your test center. 

  • You owe any registration fees. 

Delivery timelines

We initially prepare three different reports for each student who tests—the Student Report, the High School Report, and the College Report. If you took the ACT with writing, an image of the essay you write may be available to the high school and colleges that receive your score report.

Type of reportWhere it's deliveredWhen it's deliveredWhat it reports
Student reportYour online ACT web accountAbout 2–8 weeks after the test dateACT scores, college and career planning information
High school reportYour high schoolAbout 2–8 weeks after the test dateACT scores, college and career planning information
College reportEach valid college or scholarship agency code you listed and paid for when you registered or tested (up to six)Varies based on college and when ordered
Everything on the Student and High School Report, plus the grades you reported in up to 30 high school courses; it may also include predictions about your performance in specific college programs and courses

Need to Print? 

At this time a PDF version of the score report is not available in MyACT. You may print an unofficial copy of your ACT test score by using your browser’s print option. 

Scores from other test administrations

New score reports in MyACT  

MyACT now delivers dynamic score reports for National testing events. This new score report is displayed through the main home page of MyACT and is accessible via the Scores tab. This new report format provides details and analysis of the score report along with interest and career planning tools. MyACT is mobile-accessible and friendly and all results can be accessed on a PC, tablet, or mobile device.  

Questions? Check the FAQs and Help

Superscoring

At ACT, we are grounded in research. We listen and respond when new information comes to light. Over the last two years, we’ve been investigating whether Superscoring is a fair and valid practice. After extensive research, we found that Superscores were more predictive of how students would perform in their college courses than other scoring methods.

A few things to know about Superscoring

  • ACT supports the use of superscoring in making college admissions decisions.  
  • Colleges set their own policies regarding superscoring. However, ACT will supply them at least one full composite score with each superscore, plus all the scores from the test events that are part of the superscore composite. 
  • We encourage colleges and universities to consider adding superscoring to their score-use policy because, as our research shows, superscores are just as predictive – if not more predictive – of first-year grades than other scoring methods. 

If you test through one of the administrations listed below, your scores will be posted after you receive your official score report in the mail. If you do not have an ACT web account, you will need to create one using the ACT ID printed on your score report when creating your account.

  • State and District—testing March 2008 and later
  • Special, Arranged, Project—testing September 2008 and later

Certain national test dates and centers give you the opportunity to order a copy of your questions, your answers, the answer key, and scoring instructions—plus the writing prompt, scoring rubric, and scores assigned to the optional writing test. 

Request a Copy

You can ask ACT to verify your multiple-choice and/or your writing test scores up to 12 months after your test date. Please download the Request for Score Verification (PDF). You will need to print the completed form and mail to:

ACT Customer Care
PO Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243-0414, USA

Include your name as given at the time of testing, address, and date of birth, as well as your ACT ID, test date (month and year), and test location from your score report. Enclose a check payable to ACT Customer Care for the applicable fee:

  • $55.00 multiple-choice tests
  • $55.00 writing test essay
  • $110.00 both the multiple-choice tests and writing test essay

For multiple-choice tests, ACT will verify that your responses were checked against the correct score key.

For writing tests, ACT will verify that your essay was scored by at least two independent, qualified readers and by a third reader in the event that the two scores differed by more than one point in any domain. ACT will also verify that your essay was properly captured and displayed to readers. If errors are discovered during score verification, ACT will rescore your essay.

ACT will inform you by letter of the results of the score verification about three to five weeks after receiving your request.

If a scoring error is discovered, your scores will be changed and corrected reports will be released to you and all previous score report recipients at no charge. In addition, your score verification fee will be refunded.

You may also request to be present for verification of your multiple-choice responses—without access to the test questions—at an ACT-designated location. Additional fees will apply.

Score Verification Request (PDF)

Student errors

If, after you receive your score report, you find that you made a significant error in the information you supplied to us about yourself, or if you want to change your address, you may ask us to correct your record. Write to:

ACT Customer Care
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243-0414 USA

Write within three months of receiving your score report. Enclose a photocopy or printed pdf of your Student Report describing the error and the change you are requesting.

There is no fee for making the correction, but you must pay the applicable fee for each corrected report you wish sent to a college, agency, or high school.

Other errors

If you think there is an error (on any information other than your test scores), write to ACT Customer Care—Score Reports at the above address within three months of receiving your score report. Enclose a photocopy or printed pdf of your Student Report describing the error and the change you are requesting.

If an error is our responsibility and requires you to retest, there will be no fee. If the error does not involve retesting, corrected score reports will be released to you and all previous score recipients at no charge. 

If an error is not to be found to be made by ACT and you wish to send corrected reports, you must request and pay for Additional Score Reports.

Request a Copy

 

In addition to the four institutions you selected upon registering, you can send your scores to others, even after you test. Requests are processed after all scores for your test option—the ACT or the ACT with writing—are ready. 

Need to send more scores?

 

Can scores be cancelled?

ACT reserves the right to cancel test scores when there is reason to believe the scores are invalid.  See the Compromises/Disruptions in the Testing Process—Limitation of Remedies section of the ACT Terms and Conditions (PDF) for details.

 

Understanding Your Scores

What does it all mean?

There's a lot of information provided in the ACT score report.

Follow the link below to learn why we show individual reporting categories, how we arrived at your Composite score—and more!

 

National ranks  

How do you compare? 

Your national ranks tell you how your scores compare to those earned by recent high school graduates who took the ACT. Colleges use this information to help make admissions decisions, and scholarship agencies may base awards on it. 

 

How schools use results

Your current and future schools want to learn more about you.

Just as you can use national ranks to get a sense of your strengths and weaknesses, so can your high school and potential colleges.  A high rank in a content area may suggest a good chance of success in related college majors and careers. A low rank may indicate that you need to develop your skills more by taking additional coursework in that area. This information is helpful for you, and for your current and future schools. 

 

43% of ACT test takers chose to take the test more than once last year, and more than half of them improved their scores. 

Why every point matters on the ACT test

Did you know improving by just a single test point can be worth thousands of dollars in financial aid for your college education? The ACT® test is important to your future—and can open up new opportunities for college and career.

What scores are reported if I test more than once?  

You determine which set of scores is sent to colleges or scholarship programs. We will release only the scores from the test date (month and year) and test location (e.g., National, State, School) you designate.    

Can I combine scores from different test dates to create a new Composite score?  

Yes - superscoring enables you to combine scores from different test dates.

Can I report only my writing scores or only my multiple-choice scores from a test date?  

No. All scores from a test date will be reported together.   

Can I combine my writing scores from one test date with my multiple-choice scores from another?  

Yes - superscoring enables you to combine writing scores from one test date with multiple-choice scores from another test date.

Should I retest?  

 

Test Security Hotline

Cheating hurts everyone – if you see it, report it. You can make an anonymous report by using the Test Security Hotline. Discussing test content—including on social media—is not permitted. Students who don't do their own work put honest students at a disadvantage. If you suspect that someone is trying to take unfair advantages or encounter anything else out of the ordinary, please report it to ACT. 

 

Compromises and disruptions

See the Compromises/Disruptions in the Testing Process—Limitation of Remedies section of ACT's Terms and Conditions for remedies available to examinees affected by compromises or disruptions in the testing process.