How Useful is the ACT Test Score:

Your ACT score is very useful for both high schools and colleges. High schools take into consideration these scores for academic advising purpose and also for the purpose of counseling. The test score is very useful as it allows the high school authorities to judge the students i.e. by referring to it., the authorities can identify the students who are weak in certain academic areas and thus need special attention. So, by having a look at the score the authorities can also plan the modifications that they think will prove to be beneficial and the curriculum will also be improved upon so that the student gets a good  score.
Similarly, colleges make use of the test score in numerous manners. The  test score is useful for colleges and it helps the authorities to take the decision related with admission. Along with high school results, the test scores help the college authorities to decide which application is most suited for the particular program.
Generally, the colleges offer a particular subject in three sections- developmental section, regular and advanced section. To decide which section is most suitable for which student, the college authorities take into consideration the students' high school results, his academic background and his ACT test score. Thus, ACT test score helps in course placement so that the student can study the subject according to his level.
College authorities use the score for the purpose of academic advising also. In order to plan out a study program, college academic advisors make use of these scores along with the high school grades.

ACT Scores Online:

You can order the ACT test scores online, but for that you will have to pay the additional charges. The online scores can be viewed much in advance before you receive the scores by post. If desired, a printout of the scores can be taken out and stored for future use. Once the test score is posted online, the scores are made available for 60 to 90 days. Only that candidate can access the scores online who has appeared for the ACT from America. The online facility of viewing the scores is not available for a candidate whose ACT test center is located outside America.
Your scores will not be displayed online if the registration form is incomplete or if the fee has not been completely paid. Even if the ACT test answer sheets arrive late for checking and if there is any variance in the process of identification on the final ACT test day, then also you will not be able to view the scores online.
To view the scores online, you will have to fill up a form. To fill up the form, you will need an internet explorer 6, Firefox 1.0 or Safari 1.2 or higher. While filling up the form, don't forget to disable the pop up blockers as they act as an obstruction. The details collected on form are used for viewing the scores online and not for any other reason.
In the online form , you will have to give complete information related to your name i.e., first name, middle and last name and you will also have to mention your address, phone number along with codes.

What Errors can you Encounter in your SAT and ACT Scores?

In a few cases, SAT and ACT scores contain errors in details related to you, your address, name or your SAT, ACT identification number along with the social security number . If you come across such an error in your scores you can report the error to the authorities within a time period of three months from the date on which you receive your scores. Along with description of the error in your scores, you will have to attach a photocopy of the student report and mention the necessary changes that you want in the score report.
For getting the error in the score report form corrected, you need not make any extra payment. You can mail your error details to:

ACT Records,
PO Box 451,
IA 52243-0451, USA.

The errors may or may not require you to sit for a retest. In case, you have to sit for a retest , you will not have to pay any fee. If you want to opt for hand scoring service for the error in scoring, then you will have to pay a fee of $30. You can be asked to be physically present when the hand scoring of the test is being done, but for that you will be asked to pay an extra amount.
While the SAT and ACT scores are different in many ways, but still a number of colleges readily accept either of the scores, but take the help of conversion tables for comparing the students. The most accurate comparisons of the scores can be done for the math and reading sections. A few other differences between the scores are that in SAT the score of the essay is included but in the ACT it is optional. The next being that in every SAT report all the SAT scores are shown , but in the ACT report it is up to you, as to which ACT scores you want to display.
The request for hand scoring of the scores should be made within three months from the date on which you receive your scores.

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