Last Updated: January 28, 2021

ACT Scoring

Scores are ONLY available online after logging into ACT account and NOT via phone, email, fax or chat.

ACT Score Reports

ACT prepares three different reports for each examinee.

How long does it take to view scores online?

The Student Report or the online release of ACT scores for the multiple-choice section is usually after 2 weeks of the test date. If you take the optional Writing test, the writing score will be available for online viewing about 2 weeks after the multiple-choice section scores have been posted.
The scores are officially released after the writing scores have been added, usually 3 to 8 weeks after the test date.

Official Test Score Release

The High School receives the test report around the same time as the student. They can also access an online image of the writing essay along with the reader's comments. The high school uses the report to analyze the student's weaknesses and strengths. The student can work on their weaknesses. The school can also use the results to improve the curriculum.

The College Report is sent to the four colleges or scholarship agencies the student had requested to initially. In addition, the student can choose two more colleges to send the score to. The college report is ready within a week of scoring or when the student orders it. It is sent depending upon the said college's schedule. Most colleges accept results every two weeks. Colleges can also access the online writing essay image and reader's comments.

ACT score helps colleges in the admission process; offer papers to students depending upon their strengths and weaknesses during the first year; provide academic advice and part-time employment; identify candidates for scholarships and loans.

Delay in receiving ACT score

If there is a delay in receiving ACT scores beyond the above mentioned time frame, the reasons can be as follows:

How to send additional scores?

ACT scores are sent to the four universities that the student selected upon registration. Students can choose to send their scores to two additional colleges before or after the ACT test. The scores are sent to all the colleges after all the scores have been compiled.

Types of Reports

Reports can be received as both regular mail or priority mail. Both of these methods differ in their speed and cost. Candidates have to specify their choice while requesting reports. The differences between the reports include-
ReportDescriptionDurationPayment
RegularComplete requestProcessed within 1 week of request; Delivered in the next cycleTest Date after Sept 1, 2017 - $13.00 per test date per report
PriorityAbbreviated report; Complete report sent laterProcessed within 2 working days of request; Delivered by mail in 3-4 working daysTest Date after Sept 1, 2017 - $16.50
Reports that are archived, of tests conducted before 1/9/2017, may be requested by paying $39.00 which includes an additional archival fee of $26.00. This will take an extra 1-2 days to process.

Priority reports are available only for institutions in the United States. Institutions that accept only electronic reports may not review priority reports.

Writing a Report Request There are 3 ways to make a report request.
OptionHow to requestPaymentReport
Online Login to ACT accountPay by credit cardRegular or Priority
MailSend the form at ACT Customer Services " Score Reports, PO Box 451, Iowa City, IA 52243-0451CheckRegular or priority
Things to include in request letter(if applying offline)
Any and all requests made cannot be canceled and all the payments are non-refundable.

Additional Score Report

An ASR indicates only the highest scores obtained by the candidate. This helps the candidate withhold lower grades that might tarnish an otherwise perfect score report.
ASR can be applied for during ACT registration. But the fee for ASR is not included in the Standard Registration process and has to be paid for separately.

Superscoring

In this method, Act finds an average of the candidate's four best subjects from all their test attempts. ACT then provides the superscore along with at least one composite score and all the scores that were considered to be part of the superscore composite.
According to ACT, superscoring enables colleges and universities to predict a candidate's first-year grades better than other scoring methods.

How to receive a copy of questions and answers?

The student can request to receive a copy of the questions, the answers, and the answer key if they apply for a Test Information Release (TIR). The request can be made at the time of registration or within 3 months of taking the test and costs $20.

In the case of the Writing Plus test, a copy of the essay, scoring rubric and scores given by both the readers is also included.

Eligibility for TIR(Test Information Release)
TIR can be ordered through the mail either during registration or until six months after the test date. The TIR order form can be downloaded on the official site if the candidate wishes to apply for the same after taking the test.

How and when are scores cancelled?

ACT can cancel the test scores if they feel that the scores are invalid. If ACT finds uncanny similarities in answers of different examinees or if there is any indication that the examinee may have advanced knowledge about the test booklet, ACT holds the right to withhold the ACT testing score and to conduct an Individual Score Review.
ACT initiates this process by sending an official letter stating the reasons behind considering misconduct during the test. Failure in responding to the letter/mail will result in the cancellation of the ACT score that is under review.

Scores can be voluntarily canceled by the candidate as long as the candidate did not take the test under District, State, or On-campus testing programs. In this case. ACT will cancel the score on request and also notify the recipients about the cancellation of the score. The scores will not be reinstated if the candidate wishes to do so later.

Can the test be re-evaluated?

Students can request for their results to be regarded within 12 months of the test date by printing and filling out the Request for Score Verification form and mailing it along with the required amount to:
ACT Customer Care
PO Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243-0414, USA
The check payable to ACT Customer Care for
$55 for multiple-choice questions
$55 for writing an essay
$110 for both tests
Should be enclosed in the letter. The results are re-scored by ACT, and the updated results are informed within 3-5 weeks of receiving the request. In a case of a change in score, the updated score is sent to all the concerned parties, and the re-scoring fee is refunded.

The student can also request to be present at the time of multiple-choice responses verification at an ACT designated site for an additional charge.


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