ACT Test Scores Scoring (2022)

Scores for the ACT Test

How can I see my scores?

Whenavailable, your scores are posted online and accessed using your MyACT account.

ACT Customer Support cannotprovide your scores by phone, email, chat, or fax.

  • Multiple choice scoresare normally available two weeks after each national test date, but it can sometimes take up to eight weeks.
  • Writing scoresare normally available about two weeks after
    your multiple-choice scores.

If you took the writing test, your overall scores are not officially reported until your writing scores have been added.Viewing
your scores online does not speed up reporting.

Regarding the October and February test dates only:Scores from these test dates are available within3-8 weeks. During these test dates, ACT performs equating activities in order to ensure that scores reported have a constant meaning across all test forms.

Score reporting dates

Scores are delivered over a window of time after the test date and are processed continuously during business hours. ACT is committed to providing your scores as quickly as possible but cannot guarantee a specific date for your scores to be reported.

National test dateReporting Timeframe
September 10, 2022September 20 – November 4
October 22, 2022November8– December 16
December 10, 2022December 20 – February 3
February 11, 2023February 28– April 7
April 15, 2023April 25 – June 9
June 10, 2023June 20 – August 4
July 15, 2023July 25 – September 8

If your scores are not yet available, while during the posted timeframe, ACT is unable to provide a status or timeline about a specific score.

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Occasionallywe are unable to post scores when expected. If yours are not available yet, it may be due to one of these issues:

  • Answer documents from your test center arrived late or your test date was rescheduled.

  • The "Matching Information" you provided on the answer document (name, date of birth, and Match Number) is not consistent with the Matching Information on your admission ticket.Scores cannot be reported until they can be accurately matched to the correct person. You provided incomplete or inaccurate test form information on the answer document, or the answer document has not cleared all other scoring accuracy checks.

  • An irregularity is reported at your test center.

  • You owe any registration fees.

Delivery timelines

ACT sends score report data to the recipients you provided during registration; these include your high school and any institutions with college codes you provided. ACT also provides your scores through your web account.

Type of reportWhere it's deliveredWhen it's deliveredWhat it reports
Student reportYour online ACT web accountAbout 2–8 weeks after the test dateACT scores, college and career planning information
High school reportYour high schoolvia
online reporting
About 2–8 weeks after the test dateACT scores, college and career planning information
College reportEach valid college code you listed and paid for when you registered or tested (up to six)Varies based on college and when ordered
Everything on the Student and 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

Your scores in MyACT

MyACT now delivers dynamic score reports for National testing events.MyACT is mobile-accessible and friendly and all results can be accessed on a PC, tablet, or mobile device.

When you select score recipients, you’ll have the option of sending either score reports from the specific test event or you can choose to send your superscore.

You may print an unofficial copy of your ACT test score by using your browser’s print option.A PDF student report is currently unavailable.

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Additional Services

Request a Copy of the Questions and Answers

Certain national test dates and centers give you the opportunity to order a copy of your questions, your answers, the answer key, and scoring instructions—plus the writing prompt, scoring rubric, and scores assigned to the optional writing test.

Request a Copy

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Score Verification Service

You can ask ACT to verify your multiple-choice and/or your writing test scores up to 12 months after your test date. Please download theRequest for Score Verification (PDF). You will need to print the completed form and mail to:

ACT Customer Care
PO Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243-0414, USA

Include your name as given at the time of testing, address, and date of birth, as well as your ACT ID, test date (month and year), and test location from your score report. Enclose a check payable to ACT Customer Care for the applicable fee:

  • $55.00 multiple-choice tests
  • $55.00 writing test essay
  • $110.00 both the multiple-choice tests and writing test essay

For multiple-choice tests, ACT will verify that your responses were checked against the correct score key.

For writing tests, ACT will verify that your essay was scored by at least two independent, qualified readers and by a third reader in the event that the two scores differed by more than one point in any domain. ACT will also verify that your essay was properly captured and displayed to readers. If errors are discovered during score verification, ACT will rescore your essay.

ACT will inform you by letter of the results of the score verification about three to five weeks after receiving your request.

If a scoring error is discovered, your scores will be changed and corrected reports will be released to you and all previous score report recipients at no charge. In addition, your score verification fee will be refunded.

Score Verification Request (PDF)

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Correcting Errors in Your Score Report

Student errors

If, after you receive your score report, you find that you made a significant error in the information you supplied to us about yourself, or if you want to change your address, you may ask us to correct your record. Write to:

ACT Customer Care
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243-0414 USA

Write within three months of receiving your score report.Enclose a photocopy or printed pdf of your Student Report describing the error and the change you are requesting.

There is no fee for making the correction, but you must pay the applicable fee for each corrected report you wish sent to a college, agency, or high school.

Other errors

If you think there is an error (on any information other than your test scores), write to ACT Customer Care—Score Reports at the above address within three months of receiving your score report. Enclose a photocopy or printed pdf of your Student Report describing the error and the change you are requesting.

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If an error is our responsibility and requires you to retest, there will be no fee. If the error does not involve retesting, corrected score reports will be released to you and all previous score recipients at no charge.

If an error is not to be found to be made by ACTand you wish to send corrected reports, you must request and pay for Additional Score Reports.

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Changing Score Recipients

If you need to change a score recipient, you have until Thursday noon after the regularly scheduled test date.

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Need to send more scores?

In addition to the four institutions you selected upon registering, you can send your scores to others, even after you test. Requests are processed after all scores for your test option—the ACT or the ACT with writing—are ready.

Find College Codes

How to Send Scores

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Can scores be cancelled?

ACT reserves the right to cancel test scores when there is reason to believe the scores are invalid. See theCompromises/Disruptions in the Testing Process—Limitation of Remediessection of the ACT Terms and Conditions (PDF)for details.

Outside of state testing and district testing, you may request to cancel scores for a particular test date. Contact us online and we will provide you a form to complete and return to us. We will then permanently cancel that score record for the indicated test date and send
cancellation notices to any score recipients.

Understanding Your Scores

What does it all mean?

There's a lot of information provided in the ACT score report.

Follow the link below to learn why we show individual reporting categories, how we arrived at your Composite score—and more!

Understanding Scores

National ranks

How do you compare?

Your national ranks tell you how your scores compare to those earned by recent high school graduates who took the ACT. Colleges use this information to help make admissions decisions, and scholarship agencies may base awards on it.

National Ranks

How schools use results

Your current and future schools want to learn more about you.

Just as you can use national ranks to get a sense of your strengths and weaknesses, so can your high school and potential colleges.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 by taking additional coursework in that area. This information is helpful for you as well as your current and future schools.

How Schools Use Results

Should I retest?

43% of ACT test takers chose to take the test more than once last year, and more than half of them improved their scores.

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Why every point matters on the ACT test

Did you know improving by just a single test point can be worth thousands of dollars in financial aid for your college education? The ACT® test is important to your future—and can open up new opportunities for college and career.

What scores are reported if I test more than once?

You determine which set of scores is sent to colleges or scholarship programs. We will release only the scores from the test date (month and year) and test location (e.g., National, State, School) you designate.

Can I combine scores from different test dates to create a new Composite score?

Yes - superscoring enables you to combine scores from different test dates.

Can I report only my writing scores or only my multiple-choice scores from a test date?

No. All scores from a test date will be reported together.

Can I combine my writing scores from one test date with my multiple-choice scores from another?

Yes - superscoring enables you to combine writing scores from one test date with multiple-choice scores from another test date.

Test Security Hotline

Cheating hurts everyone – if you see it, report it. You can make an anonymous report by using the Test Security Hotline.Discussing test content—including on social media—is not permitted.Students who don't do their own work put honest students at a disadvantage. If you suspect that someone is trying to take unfair advantages or encounter anything else out of the ordinary, please report it to ACT.

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Compromises and disruptions

See theCompromises/Disruptions in the Testing Process—Limitation of Remedies section of ACT's Terms and Conditionsfor remedies available to examinees affected by compromises or disruptions in the testing process.


How many questions can you miss on the ACT to get a 27? ›

NOTE: you cannot get a 23 on any individual section if you want to get a composite score of 26 unless you get a section score of higher than 26. Overall, you can skip/get wrong around 50 questions per ACT test to get a composite score of 26. For English, you can skip/miss 14 questions on average to get a 26.

How many questions can I miss on the ACT to get a 30? ›

What's Needed to Get a 30 ACT Score?
To get a 30 on ...You'll need an average raw score of ...Meaning you can miss around ...
English678 questions
Math519 questions
Reading346 questions
Science364 questions
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How many questions can you miss on ACT to get a 36? ›

Any way you calculate it, you can miss or skip a maximum of 2 questions to get a 36 composite score. That's not a lot, so if you're hoping for a perfect score, you will need a lot of practice.

Is a 36 on the ACT easy? ›

Less than 6,000 students scored a perfect 36 on the ACT in 2020. Many students at Ivy League and top colleges earn a 33 or higher on the ACT. Be sure to use official ACT prep materials and simulate testing conditions when practicing.

Is a 22 on the ACT OK? ›

A score of 22 is a good score and is better than average. It puts you in the top 62nd percentile of the applicants for the test. You have a chance of getting admissions into some good colleges with 22 on the ACT.

Do you have to get every question right to get a 1600? ›

As you might have guessed based on the word “perfect,” you will need to get virtually every question right. At most, you might be able to miss one Reading test question, but you can't bet on that.


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