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How to Get ACT Scores, Step by Step

Posted by Halle Edwards | Feb 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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So you've recently taken the ACT. Congratulations! But now you are probably wondering when and how you will be able to see your ACT scores. Read on for information about when ACT scores become available, what a “Priority Report” is, and a guide to how to check ACT scores on the ACT’s website. 


When do your scores come out?

Your ACT scores will be posted on the ACT’s website a few weeks after you take the test. They will not be emailed to you directly, so you will have to access your ACT scores yourself!

Your multiple choice scores will usually be available 10 days after you take the test, with your writing scores added on about two weeks after that (for exact dates, see our article on when ACT scores come out). Your writing scores take a bit longer since they are being graded by actual people, not machines! All scores should be up by 8 weeks after the test date at the very latest. (Your scores could take a bit longer if you live outside of the U.S. or Canada.)

There is not an option to speed up or prioritize your test scoring. The “Priority Report” option on the ACT website refers to sending scores to colleges, not getting a faster score report after you take the test. Colleges will not be sent scores until the full report, including your writing score, has been processed.


In-Depth Guide: How to Get Your ACT Scores

So now that you know when they come out, how can you see your ACT scores? Head to the student account page on the ACT website to log in and find your ACT scores.

You will be prompted to log in under “Already have an account?” Use the user I.D. and password you created when you signed up for the test. If you forgot either your user I.D. or password, use the “Forgot Your User I.D./Password” links to retrieve your account info.




Once you log in, you will be taken to your ACT Student home page, where you will see a summary of your test registration dates. Click on “Your Test Dates And Scores” in the left column to get to your scores.





You will see a table with the date(s) you took the ACT, the type of test you took (ACT or ACT Plus Writing), and a link to view your scores. (Incidentally, you will also see test dates that you signed up for and later cancelled, like my September 2009 test.) Click on “View Your Scores” to be taken to your scores page.




You will be prompted to enter your password one more time. Don’t worry, it’s the same one you used before!




Finally, you will arrive at your scores page. Here's where you finally find ACT scores. You will see your composite score, your subject area scores, and subscores. As you can see, the subscores are the most information you get about your subject area performance. Your exact raw scores are not made available, unlike the SAT. (For more on how the ACT is scored, see our article).




If you click on the “Download student score report PDF” links, you will get a PDF report with even more detailed information about your percentile scores, potential areas of improvement, and other pieces of information you can use to boost your score.





What's Next?

That’s all there is to getting ACT scores from the ACT website. Again, you will not receive a score in your email, so make sure you have your user I.D. and password ready to go the day your test results come out.

And now that you've found your scores, the important question becomes what you should do with your current ACT scores.

Should you retake the ACT? Figure out whether you should in 3 steps.

What's a good ACT score? Find out your target score in our step by step guide.

Wondering if you should take the ACT or the SAT? Read about whether the ACT is easier than the SAT


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Halle Edwards
About the Author

Halle Edwards graduated from Stanford University with honors. In high school, she earned 99th percentile ACT scores as well as 99th percentile scores on SAT subject tests. She also took nine AP classes, earning a perfect score of 5 on seven AP tests. As a graduate of a large public high school who tackled the college admission process largely on her own, she is passionate about helping high school students from different backgrounds get the knowledge they need to be successful in the college admissions process.

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