ACT Score

The ACT scores can be viewed in advance online on a extra payment of $8. This viewing can be done much before the score card is mailed. It is better to print a copy of the viewed score for future reference. A soft copy of your score card is available online for a period of 60 to 90 dates once it is published online. This facility is available only to candidates who have appeared for the test within the US. For candidates who appear for the test outside US the online score viewing facility is not available. The processing of the scores of candidates taking the test outside USA takes longer if there are any discrepancies like

  • Incomplete registrations
  • Lack of fee amount
  • Standby test takers

The marks for the writing section take a longer time, to be declared, than for the other sections. After 20 days of the test, the scores for the multiple choice questions will be published. It takes about 30 to 45 days from the reports to be published. Only the composite ACT scores, inclusive of the writing section scores are processed, they will be mailed to the candidates. There is no way that a candidate can speed up the scoring process. The facility of knowing the scores through telephone, email and fax is not possible.

Usually the ACT scores are not delayed without any valid reason. They are delayed only based on genuine reasons like

  • Standby students
  • Incomplete information
  • Discrepancy in identification process on the test day
  • Late arrival of answer sheets
  • Lack of funds- incomplete test fee

The high schools of the registering candidates will receive the scores as soon as they are published. In case the high school has not responded to the candidate then the candidate can contact the Director of Counseling or you can request your counselor to contact the High School Help Line (319-337-1320), for assistance. The candidate's name and Social Security number will be kept in mind to search for the lost scores.

A candidate can request for look up of archived scores on the payment of $15 towards retrieval fee charges. There will be no refund of this fee even if the scores are not located. The candidate has to use his Credit Card to make this payment. The inquiry can be made through telephone at 319/337-1313 or a written letter to

ACT Records
P.O. Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243-0451

Fee for regular reporting of the marks achieved is $8 for each report. For priority reporting, $13 per report has to be paid. A payment of $15 for each report has to be paid for archiving the reports. A non-refundable fee of $15 has to be paid for retrieving the marks for each search. For phone retrieves a non-refundable payment of $10 has to be paid.

ACT scoring pattern

  • Each correct answer gets one point
  • No negative marking for wrong answering
  • The point scores are converted to scale scores.
  • The composite score range is 1-36; 1 being the lowest and 36 the highest.
  • The sub-scores are marked on a range of 1-18. These do not affect the composite scores.