Get ACT Test Scores

How Are the Results of ACT Declared?

Online Viewing

Once you are through the ACT examination, your next consideration, automatically, is about how and when you can get ACT test scores.

If you have tested through National or International Testing, you can first get ACT test scores online, usually about two-and-a-half weeks after the test date.

To access your scores online, you need to have an ACT Student Web Account. For this, go to the ACT website, open 'The Act Test' page, click the 'Sign Up/Log in' button, and sign up for a new account.

The information you will require to provide to create this account includes your name (which should be exactly the same as it appears in the ACT test documents), your date of birth, the confirmation number on your test receipt, and your e-mail address.

At the appropriate time, log into your account, and click on 'View Scores'. If your scores are not immediately available, check back later. Refer to the estimated post dates. Scores are normally added every Wednesday and Friday. Within eight weeks of the test date, all scores are put up for viewing.

Reasons for Delay

Sometimes, within this time frame, it might take you a little longer to get ACT test scores. This could happen for a variety of reasons. There might be time-consuming technicalities involved if you tested as a standby; perhaps your registration fees have not been paid in full; perhaps, especially if your test center was outside the USA or Canada, your answer documents arrived late from your test center, or maybe certain irregularities occurred there. It may also be that specific information that you have provided in your answer document does not quite match with similar information on your admission ticket.

The Writing Test takes more time to score than the other sections. In case you opted for it, it will take you another two weeks (after your multiple-choice results have been posted) to view your Writing Score and Composite Score online.

The high school and colleges to which you have authorized ACT to send your scores, will be able to view your essay online.

If you have tested through State or School (e.g. Special, Arranged, Project) or DANTES test centers, you will have to wait until you have received a printed score report before you can view your scores online.

All ACT scores are kept strictly confidential, and no scores are given to anyone by telephone, e-mail, or fax.

Priority Reports

If you want to get ACT test scores earlier than usual, you can ask for priority reports, but once this request is made, it cannot be canceled. These reports only record your identifying information and scores, and unlike the regular report issued later, carry no information on career planning or educational background.

A fee is charged for priority reports, which are given only to examinees within the USA.

It may be pointed out in passing that certain colleges might not review priority reports, but only receive scores electronically.

Do You Get ACT Test Scores Directly?

Normally, you don't. The reports are mailed to the high school you have authorized to receive your report in the ACT registration form. Your school counselor hands over this report to you, along with an explanatory booklet.

However, if you wish to get ACT test scores directly, you could request your high school to officially permit ACT to send your score to your home.

Alternatively, you could, while signing up for the examination, simply leave your high school code blank. Make sure, though, to put in your correct home mailing address in the ACT test form.

Errors in the ACT Report

Finally, what if errors crop up in your ACT test scores report? Or you might even want to change your address that is mentioned in the report. In all such cases, contact: ACT Records, 301 Act Drive, P.O. Box 451, Iowa City, IA 52243-0451, USA.

This has to be done within three months of receiving your test scores report.

Though no fee is taken for making the correction or change, a payment of $10 is charged for each corrected report that you want to send to a high school, college, or agency.

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