act exam results and scores
act exam results and scores

ACT Exam - Test Results & Scores

The ACT results are accepted by several colleges and universities in the USA. The score is calculated by taking each section individually. The score will be on a 0-36 scale and published within 2-3 weeks of the exam. The same will be available on the website; you can easily download it and take a printout. You even have the option to send the scores to the universities then and there. 

ACT Report Delivery Time

There are three kinds of ACT Reports: Candidate’s Report, High School Report and College Report. You can get detailed knowledge about the same from the table below.

Types of Report

Where Delivered

Delivery Time

Content 

Candidate’s Report

Your online ACT web account

Around 2-8 weeks after the test date

ACT scores, college & work planning information

High School Report

Your high school through online reporting

Around 2-8 weeks after the test date

ACT scores, college & work planning information

College Report

Each valid college code you paid for & listed when you registered & tested

Differs based on college & delivery time

The Student & High School Report, plus the grades you reported in up to 30 high school courses; may also involve predictions about your performance in specific programs & courses

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Important Dates Of ACT Scores 2022-23

If you wish to know about the dates when the tests are conducted. The scores will be available for the colleges and yourself; you can check the table below.

Test Dates

Dates When Students Get Scores

Dates When Colleges Get Scores

September 10, 2022

September 20 - October 4

September 24 - November 4

October 22, 2022

November 1 - November 15

November 5 - December 16

December 10, 2022

December 20 - January 3, 2023

December 24  -February 3, 2023

February 11, 2023

February 21 - March 7

February 25 - April 7

April 15, 2023

April 25 - May 9

April 29 - June 9

June 10, 2023

June 20 - July 4

June 24 - August 4

July 15, 2023

July 25 - August 8

July 29 - September 8

ACT Score

The four sections of ACT (English, Reading, Science, Maths) are scored on a scale of 1-36 each. The composite score is the average of all these scores. If you take the optional Writing section, it will be on a score scale of 2-12. It will not affect the composite score. The score will be released two weeks after the test completion. You can access the score from your ACT account. The average test score for each section is given below.

Section 

Score 

English 

20.3

Maths 

20.9

Science 

20.8

Reading 

21.3

Composite 

21.0

ACT Exam Sections And Scoring

The ACT score is calculated on a scale of 1-36. The ability of a student is measured based on the composite score. It is the average of all the sections. Those attempting the Writing section will receive its score separately. The Writing section score ranges from 2-12 and does not affect the composite score. The average section-wise score is detailed in the table below.

Section 

Average Score

English 

20.3

Maths 

20.9

Science 

20.8

Reading 

21.3

Composite 

21.0

Highlights Of ACT Score 2022

If you wish to know some highlights of the ACT 2022, they are explained below.

  • The ACT scorecard will be available online through the ACT account created at the time of registration.
  • The overall ACT score will be available only after the score of the Writing section is added.
  • The composite score is the average of all four sections. The score of the Writing section does not affect the composite score.
  • The student report will be released on the ACT account 2-8 weeks after the test.
  • The English, Reading, Science and Maths sections will be on a grade of 1-36.
  • The composite score is on a 1-36 scale, and the Writing section is on a 2-12 scale.

How To See The ACT Score?

The ACT scores will be released online. You can check the same by logging into the ACT account you created during registration. They are not sent through any other medium like email, message etc. However, you can contact the customer service executive over the phone if you want to know anything about test scores. You must constantly check whether the result is released by logging into your account regularly.

How Is The ACT Scored?

The ACT score is calculated differently for the Writing section and the other four sections. The way the scoring is done is explained below.

  • For multiple choice questions, one score is awarded for each correct answer, and there will be no negative marks for wrong answers.
  • For 60 questions, you can get a highest raw ACT score of 60. In the same way, for 40 questions, you can get a highest raw ACT score of 40. 
  • The raw scores will be converted into a scale of 1-36.
  • This is done to have varying difficulty levels for questions.
  • The composite score is the average of the scores of all four sections.
  • The Writing section will be evaluated by two examiners on a scale of 1-6 on domains of development & support, language use & conventions, ideas & analysis, and organisation. The Writing section will be on a score scale of 2-12.
  • The Writing score does not affect the composite score.

When Are ACT Scores Released?

The scores of the multiple-choice section will be released after two business days of taking the computer-based test. The Writing score will be released after 2-3 weeks of releasing the multiple-choice scores. The special testing score will be available after 2-10 weeks of taking the test.

How Do Colleges Use The ACT Scores?

The colleges will use the ACT scores for a few purposes. They are listed below.

  • Admissions: The ACT score is one of the many factors based on which colleges make admissions decisions. 
  • Course Placement: The ACT score is considered by colleges and universities to place students in first-year courses.
  • Scholarships and Loans: Several scholarships are granted based on the ACT scores. You will find the same in the Overview section.

 

ACT 2022-23 Score Release Schedule

The ACT exam dates for 2022 are confirmed. The score release schedule for 2022-23 is given in the table below.

ACT Test Date

Multiple Choice Score Release

Complete Score Release

September 10, 2022

September 20, 2022

October 4, 2022

October 22, 2022

November 1, 2022

November 15, 2022

December 10, 2022

December 20, 2022

January 3, 2023

February 11, 2023

February 21, 2023

March 7, 2023

April 1, 2023

April 11, 2023

April 25, 2023

June 10, 2023

June 20, 2023

July 4, 2023

July 15, 2023

July 25, 2023

August 8, 2023

Can ACT Scores Be Cancelled?

ACT has the authority to cancel your scores if they are found invalid. There is also the option for students to cancel their scores, wherein ACT will cancel their scores upon their request. If this is done after the scores have been sent to universities and colleges, ACT will notify them that the scores have been cancelled.

ACT vs SAT Scores

Like ACT; SAT is also a popular exam to get admission in the USA. You can take either of these exams for your Undergraduate study in the USA. A comparison of the ACT and SAT scores are given in the table below.

ACT Score

SAT Score

36

1600-1570

35

1560-1530

34

1520-1490

33

1480-1450

32

1440-1420

31

1410-1390

30

1380-1360

29

1350-1330

28

1320-1300

27

1290-1260

26

1250-1230

25

1220-1200

24

1190-1160

23

1150-1130

22

1120-1100

21

1090-1060

10

1050-1030

19

1020-990

18

980-960

17

950-920

16

910-880

15

870-830

14

820-780

13

770-730

12

720-690

11

680-650

10

640-620

9

610-590

Universities Accepting Top Scores For ACT

For the ACT exam, it is difficult to distinguish between a good score and a bad score. It is dependent on the university/college you are applying to. The minimum acceptable score varies according to the university, and you should obtain the score they expect to get admission. The average ACT composite score was 20.6 in 2020. To get admission to a university, you must score well above it. The following table offers a list of the ACT score range accepted by some top universities.

University 

ACT Composite Score Range

John Hopkins University

33-35

Duke University

33-35

Stanford University

32-35

Yale University

32-35

Harvard University

33-35

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

33-35

Princeton University

32-35

University of California, Berkeley

29-34

FAQs About the ACT Exam Results & Scores

How can I send ACT scores to universities?

You can send your ACT scores directly to the university once the result is out. You can choose the universities at the time of registration itself.

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