ACT initially prepares three different reports for each test-taker, namely: The Student Report; the High School Report; and the College Report.

ACT Student Report

  • The Student Report is delivered to your student Web account.
  • It will be delivered about 2-8 weeks after the ACT test date (there is no way to have your tests scored faster).
  • It reports your ACT Scores and college and career planning information.

ACT High School Report

  • The High School Report is delivered to your high school (only if you authorized reporting).
  • It is kept with your school records.
  • It is delivered about 2-8 weeks after the ACT test date.
  • It reports ACT Scores and college and career planning information.

ACT College Report

  • The College Report is delivered to each valid college or scholarship agency code you listed and paid for when you registered or tested (up to six).
  • It is delivered about 2-8 weeks after the ACT test date.
  • It reports everything on the Student and High School report, including 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 may be available to the high school and colleges to which you have sent your ACT score reports.

Viewing your Scores and Score-report on the Web

  • You can view your scores online as soon as they are available through your student Web account.
  • Most multiple-choice scores from National and International testing, including the Composite score, are posted approximately two weeks after each ACT test date.
  • Writing scores are normally added about two weeks after your multiple-choice scores.
  • You will receive notification when you log in to your account if your Writing scores have been added.

Normally, all scores are posted within eight weeks after the ACT test date. Schedules for posting scores after each ACT test date are at along with reasons why some scores take longer.

ACT Composite Score

  • Composite and Sub scores: ACT test scores and the Composite score range from 1 to 36; sub scores range from 1 to 18. Your Composite score is the average of your scores on the four subject tests. Sub scores do not necessarily add up to your score for a subject test.
  • ACT College Readiness Benchmarks: If your scores are at or above the ACT benchmark scores, you will likely be ready for first-year college courses.


U.S. Rank and State Rank: Your ranks tell you the approximate percentages of recent high school graduates in the U.S. and your state, who took the ACT and received scores, that are the equal to, or lower than yours.

Interpreting Your ACT Scores:
Test scores are not precise measures of your educational development. ACT scores reported are the midpoint of a score range, that represents your educational development at the time you took the ACT.

For example, the score range is plus or minus one point for the Composite score.

You will find more information about interpreting your scores in the Using Your ACT Results booklet provided with this report and at

ACT Writing

  • The score ranges from 2 to 12. Writing domain scores also range from 2 to 12.
  • However, Domain scores do not necessarily add up to your score for the Writing test.

ACT English Language Arts (ELA)
It is an average of your English, Reading, and Writing scores. The score ranges from 1 to 36.

The score ranges from 1 to 36.


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When a student registers for the ACT online, he or she can choose up to four score report recipients that are included with his or her registration.

A student can also have his or her ACT scores sent to other colleges and scholarship agencies after he or she tests, in addition to the ones selected when they registered.

These requests are processed after the tests have been scored and all scores for the appropriate test option—ACT (No Writing) or ACT Plus Writing—are ready


  • If a student has taken the ACT more than once, ACT maintains a separate record for each ACT test date. If requested to send a report to a college, ACT will release only the record from the ACT test date indicated.
  • This protects students and ensures that they direct the reporting of their scores.
  • A student may ask ACT to report more than one ACT test date record to an institution.
  • However, he or she may not select test scores from different ACT test dates to construct a new record; a student must designate an entire test date record as it stands.
  • ACT does not create new records by averaging scores from different test dates. If a student wishes to report writing results, the entire record for that ACT test date must be reported.
  • When sending scores, be certain to use valid ACT codes only. If the recipient college has more than one campus, you must indicate by city and state the campus where you want your scores sent.
  • The College Code List and the Congressional Code List are available online to provide you with the most updated information.
  • Please note that processing will be delayed if you don’t provide your personal information.


Colleges use ACT score in variety of ways

Admissions Decisions

  • ACT test results, high school grades, academic preparation, out-of-class accomplishments, and future plans are other kinds of information help admissions officials identify applicants who can benefit most from their programs.
  • Course Placement- Colleges usually try to take into account individual strengths and weaknesses as they place students in first-year courses.
  • For example, a college may offer three sections of a subject—developmental, regular, and advanced.
  • Your ACT test results, academic background, and high school grades might be used to determine which section would be most appropriate.

Academic Advising

College academic advisors may consider ACT results, the high school academic program, high school grades, planned extracurricular activities, areas in which there is a need for assistance, and part-time employment plans to tailor an appropriate program of study to a student.

Scholarships and Loans

  • Some scholarship and loan agencies may use ACT test results with other information such as high school grades to identify qualified candidates.
  • However, the agencies may not look at academic potential alone. The ACT score report provides information about a student’s educational needs, extracurricular achievements, and educational plans.
  • This information, along with high school grades and test scores, helps the agencies evaluate applications for scholarships, loans, and other financial assistance.
  • If you took the ACT Plus Writing, the colleges to which you have ACT report your scores will receive your Writing scores and the reader’s comments on your essay along with your subject-area scores and Composite score.

These colleges will also have the option to access an image of your essay online. Colleges may choose to review individual essays to help make admissions or course placement decision.