Counseling

College Board Tests

College Board Logo
Follow the links below to register online for the SAT, view and send your SAT scores, and find all the information you need — including exam dates and fees — for the SAT Reasoning Test™, SAT Subject Tests™, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, and CLEP.
Sat & Subject Tests
PSAT/NMSQT
AP
CLEP
About
About
About
About
Registration
Registration
Registration
Registration
Calendar
Calendar
Calendar

SAT Preparation
My College Quick Start
Preparing
Preparing
SAT Subject Tests Learning Center
Scores and Review
Grades
Scores & Transcripts
Scores
Contact
Contact
CLEP EXAMS
Contact

AP Subjects
Getting Credits


My College QuickStart™
If you took the PSAT/NMSQT on or after 2006, you have access to My College QuickStart, a free personalized college and career planning kit based on your test results.

To sign in, you'll need the access code printed on your PSAT/NMSQT paper score report. If you do not already have a College Board account, you'll be prompted to create one. It typically takes less than two minutes to create your FREE account.

My College QuickStart includes these features:

My Online Score Report – An enhanced score report that allows you to review each test question, your answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations.
My SAT Study Plan – A customized SAT study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT test performance, highlighting skills for review and practice.
My College Matches – A starter list of colleges based on your home state and indicated choice of major.
My Major & Career Matches – Personalized lists of majors and careers plus access to a personality assessment that suggests other compatible possibilities.
Take a Tour of My College QuickStart

For Parents

PSAT/NMSQT Score Report Plus
Meet the PSAT/NMSQT
Home-Schooled Students & PSAT/NMSQT

ACT TESTS


Act Logo

Registration Options

Signing up online for the ACT is easier, faster, and the same cost as using the paper registration folder. With online registration, you can know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test and print your admission ticket.

You must sign up online if you:
Either sign up online or use a registration packet if you:
You must use a registration packet if you:
Request arranged testing (PDF; 4 pages, 57 KB) if:
Basic fees
= $31.00 for the ACT (No Writing)
= $46.00 for the ACT Plus Writing
   (other charges may apply)

ACT Score Report Descriptions

We initially prepare three different reports for each student who tests—the Student Report, the High School Report, and the College Report.

Type of Report Where It's Sent When It's Mailed What It Reports
Student
Report
The mailing address you provide when you register. About 3–8 weeks after the test date—sorry, there is no way to have your tests scored faster ACT Scores, College and Career Planning Information
High School
Report
Your high school (only if you authorized reporting). It's kept with your school records. About 3–8 weeks after the test date ACT Scores, College and Career Planning Information
College
Report
Each valid college or scholarship agency code you listed and paid for when you registered (up to six). About 3–8 weeks after the test date Everything on the Student or 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.

If you take the ACT Plus Writing, an image of the essay you write will be available to the high school and colleges to which you have ACT report scores for that test date.

Send Your Scores to Others

Helpful Code Lookups

You can have your ACT scores sent to other colleges and scholarship agencies after you test in addition to the ones you selected when you registered. Requests are processed AFTER your tests have been scored and all scores for your test option have been added to our computer files.

See delivery options and costs for sending your scores.

How toOrdering options

  • Online request—Create or log in to your ACT Web account. You must pay by credit card.
  • Telephone service
    You must pay with MasterCard or Visa. This service is for priority reports only, which can only be sent within the U.S. There is an additional $12 fee for telephone service.

Read these tips for requesting scores to be sent to others.

NOTEThis service is available for anyone who has tested after October 1, 1966.

This service is not available for Residual Testing administered by colleges to students who were unable to test on a regularly scheduled National Test Date.

Understand your scores


The information on this page applies only to the four multiple-choice tests (English, Reading, Mathematics, Science) and the Composite score. Scoring information for the Writing Test is also available.

You can also download the student interpretive booklet Using Your ACT Results (PDF; 16 pages, 475KB). It can help you compare your scores to other students who have taken the ACT, learn more about which colleges may be a good fit for you, and explore careers and majors before you decide on a college.

How ACT figures the multiple-choice test scores and the Composite score

  1. First, we count the number of questions on each test that you answered correctly. We do not deduct any points for incorrect answers.
  1. Then we convert your raw scores (number of correct answers on each test) to "scale scores." Scale scores have the same meaning for all the different forms of the ACT offered on different test dates.
  1. Your Composite score and each test score (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high). The Composite Score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up.
  1. We compute your seven subscores (Usage/Mechanics, Rhetorical Skills, etc.) in the same way, but subscores range from 1 (low) to 18 (high). There is no direct, arithmetic relationship between your subscores and your test scores—this means your subscores don't add up to your test score.

Relationship between the tests, questions, and subscores

Test No. of
Questions
Subscore(s)
English Test 75 Usage/Mechanics (40 questions)
Rhetorical Skills (35 questions)
Mathematics Test 60 Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra (24 questions)
Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry (18 questions)
Plane Geometry/Trigonometry based (18 questions)
Reading Test 40 Social Studies/Natural Sciences reading skills (20 social studies & natural sciences questions)
Arts/Literature reading skills (20 prose fiction & humanities questions)
Science Test 40 None: the total test score is based on all 40 questions.

What are national ranks?

As your score report explains, the ranks show the percent of recent high school graduates who took the ACT and scored at or below each of your scores. (See also National Ranks for ACT Scores.)

You can use the ranks to get a sense of your strengths and weaknesses in the four broad areas represented by the test scores and in the seven specific areas represented by the subscores. 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 in that area. If you haven't yet read the part of your report that explains the ranks of your scores, do so now.

Your high school grades are another way to identify your academic strengths and weaknesses. When you registered for the ACT, you reported your grades in up to 30 specific courses. The average of those grades (calculated by ACT on an unweighted 4-point scale) is reported on your Student Report. Test scores and high school grades together are usually better indicators of future academic success than either is alone.

If you want to know more about what your test scores can tell you about the skills you are likely to know and what you are likely to be able to do in each content area measured by the ACT, see ACT College Readiness Standards.


Last Modified on October 22, 2008