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Missing ACT Score: How to Check ACT Scores

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Oct 2, 2015 4:30:00 PM

ACT Logistics

There’s nothing quite like the white-knuckle feeling you get when you realize your ACT scores might be missing. You studied, you stressed, you planned, so it makes perfect sense to be feeling a little crazed with frustration.

But before you lose yourself in missing-score panic, let me reassure you that in the vast majority of cases the problem is small and easily solved. In this article, I'll explain what to do whether you are having trouble finding your scores yourself, or whether it's your target college that seems to have lost the score report from your application.

I'll go through some probable – and improbable – reasons for your missing score, and describe how to fix each one.

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How Do You Calculate ACT Score? Raw and Scaled

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 27, 2015 12:00:00 PM

ACT Logistics

The ACT is scored on a scale of 36. How do you end up with a composite score from 0-36 when you answer a lot more than 36 questions? In this article, I will walk you through the three steps to calculate your ACT composite score:

  1. Calculate section raw scores
  2. Convert raw scores to scaled scores
  3. Average section scores to determine composite
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ACT School Codes and College Codes for Score Reports

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 26, 2015 11:30:00 AM

ACT Logistics

Have you taken the ACT or will you be taking it in the future? If so, you may have heard of ACT college and school codes.

These codes are used to ensure that your ACT scores get sent to the proper school. Read on to learn everything you need to know about them.

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ACT High School Codes and Test Center Codes

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 26, 2015 10:30:00 AM

ACT Logistics

When you register for your ACT, you have to submit codes for your high school and test center, the location where you're going to take your ACT. The codes make it easier for ACT to keep track of the high school and test center of everyone who takes the exam. If you enter the wrong high school code, your school may not get your score report. If you select the wrong test center, you may not be able to take the ACT at your preferred test center location.

In this article, I'll let you know how to look up ACT high school and test center codes and advise you how to use them properly.
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ACT Rules and Regulations: What You HAVE to Know

Posted by Justin Berkman | Sep 12, 2015 12:30:00 PM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

Because the ACT is such a high-stakes test, the folks at ACT, Inc. have implemented a series of rules to ensure that there is no cheating and that all students have as close to the same test-taking experience as possible.

Before you take the ACT, you should familiarize yourself with these rules. You don’t want to start using some scratch paper that you brought and then be dismissed from the test and have your score canceled. Know the rules so you don’t find yourself in such a situation.

In this article, I’ll explain the rules for the ACT and the consequences for breaking them.

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ACT Admission Ticket? What It Is, How to Print, and What to Do If You Lose It

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 29, 2015 4:19:39 PM

ACT Logistics

If you’re planning on taking the ACT, you may know that you’ll need an admission ticket (and photo ID) to get into the testing center. Because ACT, Inc. makes such a big deal about these tickets, figuring out how to get it just right can be one of the most stressful parts of registering for the test. But don’t worry—the process isn’t as complicated as it seems.

This guide will walk you through exactly what the ACT admission ticket is, how to get one, and what to do if you lose yours (it’s not as bad you think!).

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Who Uses SAT/ACT Scores?

Your SAT/ACT score isn't a one-trick pony.

Wondering why your SAT/ACT scores are important? They’re used for more than just college admissions.

Get a list here of who uses SAT/ACT scores, and why. You may be surprised how late into life your SAT/ACT scores can follow you!

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ACT Full Fees & Registration: What's the Total Cost of the ACT?

Posted by Francesca Fulciniti | Aug 6, 2015 11:55:25 PM

ACT Logistics

Just like many parts of the college application process, taking the ACT (and even using your ACT scores) means an assortment of fees. Here. I'll break down every possible ACT registration cost and score fee. 

The good news is that a lot of these fees are unnecessary and avoidable. Read to the end for tips and strategies on saving as much as possible on the ACT. 

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How to Send ACT Scores to Colleges

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 27, 2015 5:59:20 PM

ACT Logistics

ACT scores are in, and now it’s time to move onto the next step - college applications! You may be wondering how to send your scores and whether you’re making the right choices about which ones you'll allow colleges to see. In this article, I’ll go through how to decide which scores to send and the way the process works overall.

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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Regular Admissions Deadlines?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

When is the very latest you can take the SAT or ACT for your college applications? If you're putting off the ACT/SAT, or hoping to retake either test, you need to know about these deadlines.

Read on to find out when you can still take the SAT or ACT – and when you would be too late. You may be surprised by how little time you have!

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When's the Last ACT/SAT for Early Admissions Deadlines?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

SAT Logistics, ACT Logistics, College Admissions

When’s the latest you can take the SAT or ACT if you’re submitting an Early Decision college application? You might be surprised by how late some colleges accept SAT and ACT scores... and how early others require theirs.

Read on to find out the latest you can take the SAT and ACT – and to get specific dates for top colleges.

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When Is the Next ACT Test Date?

Posted by Allen Cheng | Jul 11, 2015 1:06:02 PM

ACT Logistics

Here's the most updated info on when the next ACT test is happening and when you have to register.

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Which Colleges Require All ACT Scores Sent?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jul 10, 2015 8:30:00 AM

ACT Logistics

Not all colleges want their mailboxes stuffed with multiple ACT score reports.

Wondering which colleges require you to send all of your ACT scores to apply?

We have a list here of the most popular schools that require all scores, as well as a guide to looking this info up for any school in the country. Read on to learn which schools will want to see your entire ACT testing history.


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Should You Send the Four Free ACT Score Reports?

Posted by Halle Edwards | Jun 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

ACT General Info, ACT Logistics

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Or is there?

When you register for the ACT, you have the option to send your score reports to four schools for free. So doesn’t it make sense to send them? Especially since the rest of the college admissions process can be so costly, shouldn’t you save money where you can?

Maybe, but it could actually hurt your applications if you're not careful. We will examine the issue in depth and help you make a smart decision.

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ACT Homeschool Code for Registration

Posted by Anna Aldric | Jun 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM

ACT Logistics


The Code

The universal ACT Home School Code, needed to register for the SAT and applicable anywhere in the USA, is 969-999.

When you use this, it means that the score results will be sent directly to your home. Using this code simply indicates, for the sake of data gathering, that you are a home schooled student. Home schooled students, on average, score higher on the SAT and the ACT than their public school counterparts. This code is ACT's way of tracking the results accurately. Also, the ACT compares you to the local average, but as a home schooled student, you won't provide an accurate representation of the local district scores.

However, if you want to, you can use the local high school's code as well.

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