ACT Score Report Descriptions
|Type of Report||Where It's Sent||When It's Mailed||What It Reports|
|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|
|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|
|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
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.
- 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.
- Send us a letter of request.
Read these tips for requesting scores to be sent to others.
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
- How ACT figures the multiple-choice test scores and the Composite score
- Relationship between the tests, questions, and subscores
- What are national ranks?
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
- First, we count the number of questions on each test that you answered correctly. We do not deduct any points for incorrect answers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
|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.