Scoring ACT test scores (2023)

ACT test results

How can I see my result?

When available, your results will be published online and accessed through your MyACT account.

ACT Customer Support cannot provide your results by phone, email, chat, or fax.

  • Multiple choice results are usually available two weeks after the date of each national exam, but can sometimes take up to eight weeks.
  • Writing grades are usually available after two weeks
    Your multiple choice score.

If you took the written test, your total score will not be officially published until it is added to your written score. Check
Your online result will not be published faster.

For October and February exam dates only: Results for these exam dates are available within 3-8 weeks. During these test dates, ACT performs equivalent activities to ensure that reported scores have consistent meaning across test formats.

Result report date

Results are available some time after the test date and are processed continuously during business hours. ACT strives to provide your results as quickly as possible, but cannot guarantee a specific date for results to be reported.

State exam datesreporting schedule
September 10, 2022September 20 - November 4
November 22, 2022November 8 - December 16
December 10, 2022December 20 - February 3
February 11, 2023February 28 - April 7
April 15, 2023April 25 to June 9
June 10, 2023June 20 - August 4
July 15, 2023July 25 to September 8

If your results are not yet available, ACT cannot provide status or timelines for specific results within the published time frame.

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Sometimes we cannot publish the results as expected. If yours isn't available yet, it could be due to one of the following issues:

  • Your exam center's answer sheet is late or your exam date has been rescheduled.

  • The "match information" (name, date of birth, match number) you provided on the answer sheet does not match the match information on your ticket.Results cannot be reported until they can be accurately compared to the real person. you providedIncomplete or incorrect information on the exam formin the answer file or the answer file does not clear all other scoring accuracy checks.

  • Your test center has reported a violation.

  • You owe all registration fees.

delivery schedule

ACT sends score report information to the recipients you specified during registration; these include your high school and any institution with the college code you provided. ACT also makes your scores available through your online account.

report typeplace of deliverywhen it will be deliveredwhich reports
student reportYour ACT Network accountApproximately 2-8 weeks after the test dateACT scores, college and career planning information
high school report cardyour high school via
online report
Approximately 2-8 weeks after the test dateACT scores, college and career planning information
college reportEach valid college code (up to six) that you specified and paid for during registration or testingVaries by university and time of order
Everything in the Student and High School Report, plus your reported grades in up to 30 high school subjects; it may also include predictions of your success in certain college courses

Your score in MyACT

MyACT now provides dynamic results reporting for national testing campaigns. MyACT is mobile accessible and friendly, all results can be accessed on a computer, tablet or mobile device.

When you select a score recipient, you can choose to send score reports from specific testing events, or you can choose to send your super scores.

You can print an unofficial copy of your ACT test scores using the print option in your browser. Student PDF reports are not currently available.

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Request a copy of the questions and answers

Certain national test dates and centers give you the opportunity to order copies of questions, answers, answers and scoring instructions, as well as writing instructions, marking criteria and marks awarded for the optional written test.

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Result checking service

You can ask ACT to verify your multiple-choice and/or writing test scores up to 12 months after your test date. Please downloadApplication for checking results (PDF).

You will need to complete the form and enclose a check for the applicable fee payable to ACT Customer Support.

  • For multiple-choice tests, the ACT will verify that your answers have been checked against the correct scoring criteria.
  • For the writing test, ACT will verify that your essay has been scored by two independent, qualified readers and, if the two readers' scores differ by more than one point in any area, by a third reader. ACT will also check that your articles are properly recorded and presented to readers. ACT will re-score your essay if errors are found during the scoring process.

ACT will notify you of the results of the score check by letter approximately three to five weeks after receiving your application.

If a grading error is found, your score will be changed and a corrected report will be sent free of charge to you and all previous score report recipients. In addition, you will be refunded the result confirmation fee.

If required by applicable law, ACT will allow you to attend a mutually agreed upon location to review your test results.Additional fees will apply.

Application for checking results (PDF)

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Correct errors in grade reports

student error

If, after you receive your result report, there is a material error in the information you have given us about you, or if you want to change your address, you can ask us to correct your records. write to:

ACT Customer Service
PO Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243-0414 SAD

Write within three months of receiving the result report. Attach a copy or printed pdf of the student report detailing the error and the changes you requested.

Correction is free, but you must pay an appropriate fee for each correction report you wish to send to a college, agency or high school.

other mistakes

If you believe there is an error (any information other than your test score), please write to ACT Customer Service - Score Reports at the above address within three months of receiving the score report. Attach a copy or printed pdf of the student report describing the error and the changes you requested.

If the error is our responsibility and requires retesting, there will be no compensation. If the error did not involve a retest, a corrected score report will be released free of charge to you and all previous score recipients.

If ACT finds no errors and you want to submit a corrected report, you must request and pay for an additional score report.

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Change of point recipient

If you need to change your score recipient, you must do so by noon on the Thursday following your normal exam date.

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Need to send more points?

In addition to the four institutions you choose when applying, you can send your scores to others, even after taking the exam. Requests are processed after all scores for your test option (ACT or ACT with writing) are ready.

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Can points be cancelled?

ACT reserves the right to void test results if there is reason to believe the results are invalid. See Compromises/Interruptions in the Testing Process - Limitations on Remedies sectionACT Terms and Conditions (PDF)Find out more.

Outside of state and regional exams, you can request that your scores be canceled for specific exam us onlineWe will provide you with a form to fill out and return to us. We will then permanently cancel the result for the specified exam date and send
Send a cancellation notice to all result recipients.

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What does that mean?

There is a lot of information in the ACT score report.

Click on the links below to learn why we display individual report categories, how we arrive at your total score, and more!

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national orders

how do you compare

Your national ranking tells you how your score compares to the scores of recent high school graduates who took the ACT. Universities use this information to help make admissions decisions, and scholarship agencies may base awards on this basis.

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How the school uses the results

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

Just as you can use national rankings to understand your strengths and weaknesses, so can your high school and potential colleges. High rankings in content areas may indicate good opportunities for success in relevant university majors and careers. A lower rank may mean that you need to further develop your skills by taking additional courses in this area. This information is useful for you and your current and future schools.

How the school uses the results

Should I retest?

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

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Why every score counts on the ACT

Did you know that raising just one test score can provide thousands of dollars in financial aid toward your college education? The ACT® test is important to your future and can open up new opportunities for college and career.

What result will be reported if I take the test more than once?

You decide which set of points to send to the college or scholarship program. We will only post results for the test date (month and year) and test location (eg state, country, school) that you specify.

Can I combine scores from different exam dates to create a new composite score?

Yes - Super Scoring allows you to combine scores from different test dates.

Can I report only written scores or multiple choice scores for the exam date?

Habit. All results for the exam date will be published together.

Can I combine written scores from one exam date with multiple choice scores from another exam date?

Yes - Super scoring allows you to combine writing scores from one exam date with multiple choice scores from another exam date.

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Cheating hurts everyone - report it if you see it.You can log in anonymously usingTest the phone line for security. Discussing the content of the exam - including on social networks - is not allowed. Students who do not do their work put honest students at a disadvantage. If you suspect an attempt at unfair exploitation or come across any other unusual situation, report it to ACT.

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compromise and sabotage

See Compromises/Interruptions in the Testing Process - Limitations on Remedies sectionACT Terms and ConditionsRemedies for candidates affected by a compromise or interruption in the testing process.


Is it better to answer all questions on the ACT? ›

It is important to answer all of the questions in each section of the ACT exam. Students are awarded points for each question they answer correctly, and no points are deducted for incorrect answers. Even if you feel the need to guess on a question, remember, you will not be penalized if you get it wrong.

How many questions can you miss on the ACT to get a 32? ›

How Many Questions Can You Miss on the ACT?
Scale ScoreEnglish Raw ScoreMath Raw Score
32 more rows

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

If you got 31 questions correct on the ACT Science section of this test, for example, this would yield a 26 sectional score. 50 correct questions on ACT Math on this test equates to a 30.

Is my ACT score good enough? ›

In general, a good ACT score is any score in or above the 75th percentile — at least a 24. Students should aim to hit or exceed the middle 50% of ACT scores at their chosen colleges.

Can you get a 36 on the ACT without getting every question right? ›

Because the composite score is rounded either up or down, you won't have to answer every single question correctly to get a score of 36.

What is the most common answer on ACT? ›

C or H are right (and wrong) as often as any other answer choice. The only guess letter you don't want to use when you are completely guessing is E or K because they only show up on the math test. Ok, myths exposed, let's move on to how and when to guess.

How many questions do I need to get right on ACT? ›

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. For Math, you can skip/miss 17 questions on average to get a 26.

Is it easy to get a 26 on the ACT? ›

With a score of 26, you are in the 83th to 85th percentile of all test takers. More likely than not, with a score of 26, you'll often be in or near the commonly accepted range at selective colleges.

Is a 26 hard to get on the ACT? ›

A 26 ACT score puts you at the 83rd percentile, which means you scored higher than 83% of all test takers!

How hard is it to get a 25 on ACT? ›

With a score of 25, you are in the 79th percentile of all test takers. More likely than not, with a score of 25, you'll often be in or near the commonly accepted range at selective colleges.

Is a 25 on the ACT easy? ›

Earning an ACT score of 25 puts you above average, making you eligible at a wide variety of schools and competitive at some selective institutions. To put this accomplishment in another light, a 25 ACT score puts you at the 75th percentile — that means you scored higher than 75% of all test takers.

How hard is it to get a 28 on the ACT? ›

What percentile is a 28 ACT score? A 28 ACT score puts you at the 88th percentile, meaning you scored higher than 88% of all test takers.

What's the lowest ACT score you can get? ›

Your Composite score and each test score (English, mathematics, reading, science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high).

What is considered a bad ACT score? ›

ACT Scoring and What Makes a Good Composite Score
1 - 19Below AveragePoor
20 - 25AverageGood
26 - 29Above AverageCompetitive
30 - 35HighestBest
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Has anyone ever gotten a 1 on the ACT? ›

The absolute minimum ACT score you can get is a 1, although this is very unlikely to happen. You might be more worried about getting a score high enough to get into college.

What happens if you get every question right on the ACT? ›

For example, on Reading, you'll get four passages and 40 multiple-choice questions, so the highest possible raw score is 40. If you got all 40 questions right, your raw score would be 40. If you got 19 questions wrong and 21 questions right, your raw score would be 21.

Is a 32 ACT good enough for Ivy League? ›

98th percentile: A 32 ACT score is above the national average. This score is excellent for most Ivy League universities. So if you are wondering, 'is 32 a good ACT score' to get into any of the highly selective Ivy League colleges, you should know that this score is sufficient to stand out among your competitors.

When did ACT change from 32 to 36? ›

Starting in 2015, the format of the essay was changed slightly. Students are now given 40 minutes to write, and the Writing section is scored out of 36 rather than out of 12.

Is C the most common answer? ›

Most people (and tutors) tell students that, if they have no idea on a question, to just guess answer choice “C” — the middle answer on most multiple choice tests.

What is the best guessing letter on the ACT? ›

For those guessing on only a few of the last ten questions, A/F would be the better option. The Safe Bet: Answer choice E/K is the safest choice because it, so far, has always had one correct answer. In fact, E/K has met or exceeded the expected average 82% of the time, making it the most consistent answer choice.

Does the ACT get harder every year? ›

When those skills and constructs become more complicated and difficult over time, the ACT reflects that. Those changes tend to occur very gradually, however, not usually within a two to three year span.

What is the average average ACT score? ›

We've already noted that a 19 is an average ACT score, at the 50th percentile. A score of 24 means you've scored better than about 76% of students. A 28 means you've scored better than 89% of students, and a 30 means you've scored better than 93% of them!

What ACT score is considered college ready? ›

ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
College Course or Course AreaACT Subject-Area TestThe ACT Test Benchmark
English CompositionEnglish18
College AlgebraMathematics22
Social SciencesReading22

How long should I spend on each question on the ACT? ›

Students have 45 minutes to complete 75 questions. This averages out to approximately 36 seconds per question.

Can I get into Harvard with a 26 ACT? ›

Admissions Summary

Harvard College is extremely selective with an acceptance rate of 4%. Students that get into Harvard College have an ACT score of 34–36. Regular applications are due January 1.

How do you go from 26 to 30 on the ACT? ›

To get a 30, you must score highly on all four sections of the exam (excluding Writing). Specifically, you'll need to get at least a 30 on two sections and a composite score of 29.5 (which rounds to 30) or higher. This means you can only miss a handful of questions on each section.

How do you ace the ACT? ›

12 Tips to Taking the ACT Test
  1. Get familiar with the test. Review the information found in the Preparing for the ACT practice booklet. ...
  2. Identify areas to improve. Use the practice test to identify the subjects that are most challenging for you.
  3. Update your knowledge and skills.

Can I get into Harvard with a 25 ACT? ›

Average ACT: 34

The 25th percentile ACT score is 33, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 35. In other words, a 33 places you below average, while a 35 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute ACT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 33 to have a chance at being considered.

Can I get into an Ivy League with a 26 ACT? ›

Ivy leagues and top colleges usually look for an ACT range between 32-36. Other highly-selective schools have an average ACT range of 27-31. Some less-selective colleges look for applicants with ACT scores in the range of 25-29.

Will a 26 ACT get scholarships? ›

At a minimum, an ACT score of 25 should qualify you for lower-level scholarship money. However, as the amount increases, scholarships become more competitive and the score ranges increase. Again, the barest minimum to shoot for is the 20-25 score range.

Can I get a full ride with a 25 ACT? ›

If your ACT score falls between 21 and 25, you may qualify for one of several different types of college help. For instance, you could be eligible for a grant, a scholarship, or a loan. Students can supplement their financial aid at some universities by working part-time through a work-study program.

Should I retake ACT if I got a 25? ›

Yes, you should definitely retake the exam if you received a 25 ACT score or lower. This is a relatively weak score that will preclude you from getting into many colleges and universities in the country. If you took the ACT far enough in advance, you should have more than enough time to prepare and retake it.

Can I get into an Ivy League with a 25 ACT? ›

Admission to any of the eight Ivy League schools is highly selective, and ACT scores are an important piece of the admissions equation. Generally applicants will need a composite score of 30 or higher to be competitive although some applicants are admitted with lower scores.

How many colleges accept a 25 ACT? ›

25 ACT Score Standings

Out of the 1.91 million test-takers, 402110 scored the same or higher than you. You can apply to 1156 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted. You have a very low chance of getting into 343 schools with this score.

Is 23 an average ACT score? ›

As discussed before, 1 is the lowest, and 36 is the highest ACT score. This makes 23, an above-average score. So as per your question on whether 23 is a good ACT score or not, well, it is excellent.

Is 23 a good ACT score? ›

A score of 23 on the ACT is above the current national average and will make you a strong applicant at many universities, but it may fall below the average score for accepted students at more selective colleges. The higher your ACT score, the more options are open to you. Read on to learn more about ACT scores.

Can I get into an Ivy League with a 28 ACT? ›

With a score of 28, you are in the 91st percentile of all test takers. More likely than not, with a score of 28, you'll often be in or near the commonly accepted range at highly selective colleges. The exception may be the Ivy League where the score required may be higher than 30 on average.

Can I get into Harvard with a 28 ACT? ›

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

Harvard University is test optional. Students are not required to submit ACT scores with their application. The policy on ACT scores is "considered but not required". Harvard regularly accepts students who score 33 and above on the ACT.

Is 27 a decent ACT score? ›

A 27 ACT score puts you a good deal about the national average (20.8) and makes you eligible for acceptance at a vast majority of schools. It also makes you competitive at some selective institutions, as well as eligible for merit aid! Considering those things, it's easy to say that a 27 ACT score is good.

What section of the ACT is the hardest? ›

Writing (Optional)

Especially with no provided basic math formulas, this could be their “hardest section of the ACT.” But not every student struggles in math – they could have a hard time in Science, English, or Reading. So the hardest section of the test will absolutely vary from student to student.

How long should you study for the ACT test? ›

With just one month to study for the ACT, you'll want to be as organized as possible to make the most of your time. It's ideal to spread your ACT prep over two or three months, but one month is still enough to see score gains.

What is the lowest ACT score Harvard accepted? ›

The average ACT score of Harvard-accepted students is 33. Although Harvard claims there is no minimum ACT score, if you apply with a 29 or lower, you'll have difficulty getting in. So, to get into Harvard, it is important to note the different Harvard University requirements for test scores.

Can I get into college with a 19 ACT score? ›

A 19 ACT score doesn't make you eligible or competitive at as many colleges and universities as most would want. To improve your eligibility and competitiveness, you'll want to aim for a 20 to 21, which puts you right at the national average.

What is a good ACT score for scholarships? ›

Generally speaking, it's best to aim for an ACT composite score that's in the 75th percentile or above – this means a score of at least 24. However, a score that's "good" for you may not be the same as for somebody else – your ACT score goal will vary based on your college, scholarship, and career goals for the future.

How can I improve my ACT score? ›

One of the most commonly asked questions of ACT is “how do my students improve their scores?” The simple answer is have them take challenging courses and test prep. Because the ACT tests what students learn in high school, the best way for them to prepare is to take core classes, study, and participate in class.

What did Obama get on the ACT test? ›

ACT Scores of Famous People
CelebrityACT ScoreCollege Attended
Steve Jobs32Reed College
Barack Obama30Columbia University
Lyndon B. Johnson26Texas State University
Marilyn Monroe21None
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Nov 22, 2017

What celebrities have a low ACT score? ›


One of the lowest known celebrity ACT scores includes actress Marilyn Monroe scoring 21 on the exam. Even lower than her, however, is esteemed American author William Faulkner. Before becoming one of the most iconic authors in U.S. history, Faulkner scored a dismal 18, and never graduated from high school.

Is the ACT harder than it was 30 years ago? ›

Relatively speaking, the ACT has gotten “harder” over the years. As students start to do better on ACT, the test-makers gradually adjust the difficulty level of the test. And students have gotten better. In 1970, the average composite score nationwide was 18.6.

Should you fill in every question on the ACT? ›

Whether you take the ACT or SAT, you earn points for the questions you answer correctly (points are not deducted for incorrect answers), so be sure to answer every question!

What happens if you don't answer all the questions on the ACT? ›

Can I Leave Questions Blank on the ACT/SAT? On both tests, there is no penalty for guessing. Since points are not deducted for incorrect answers, students are encouraged to attempt every question.

Do you have to complete all questions on the ACT? ›

Answer every question. Your scores in the sections will be based only on the number of questions that you answer correctly; there is no penalty for guessing. Try to answer every question within the time allowed for each section.

Is it better to skip questions on the ACT? ›

There is no penalty for guessing on the ACT and revamped SAT—they won't take away points for a wrong answer, they simply won't award you any points. So never, ever leave a question bubble blank.

Is it easy to get a 23 on the ACT? ›

A 23 ACT score puts you at the 68th percentile, meaning you scored higher than 68% of test takers.

Is it OK to take the ACT 4 times? ›

ACT Inc., which administers the exam, lets you take the test up to 12 times, though it's best to take it no more than 2-3 times. Beyond that, you're unlikely to boost your scores substantially. What's more, multiple retakes might reflect negatively on your college application.

What is the best letter to guess on a test? ›

It's best to pick one letter and guess with the same letter throughout the test. It statistically improves the chances of guessing more right. Remember, “When in doubt, pick C!” It doesn't have to be C. It just has to be the same letter every time.

Do colleges see all ACT attempts? ›

This means that, when you are sending scores to colleges, you have to choose which administration results you will send to them—and schools will not be able to see what you got on any other ACTs, or even if you took the ACT more than once.

Do most people finish all the questions on the ACT? ›

The ACT is a time crunch, and most students have trouble finishing the whole test in the allotted time. So how many questions can you skip for a good score? In this article, I'll let you know how many questions you can skip or answer incorrectly and to get a composite score of 26.

Do you get penalized for a wrong answer on the ACT? ›

On the ACT there is no penalty for a wrong answer, so students are encouraged to guess if they aren't certain on the answer. Wrong answers don't take away points you've already earned, they simply don't give you any points at all—so you might as well chance it and maybe get one right!

Do you lose points for not answering questions on ACT? ›

Students will be awarded points for each correct answer with no points taken away for any incorrect ones. This is why never leaving an answer blank on your test is so important. You can only gain by taking a stab at the question. If you leave it blank, you will most certainly get it wrong.

Does the ACT get harder over time? ›

When those skills and constructs become more complicated and difficult over time, the ACT reflects that. Those changes tend to occur very gradually, however, not usually within a two to three year span.

Does the ACT get harder as you go? ›

For the most part, the ACT and SAT questions fall into a randomized level of difficulty. You might start off with the hardest question and end with a no-brainer. However, there can be an increase in difficulty within a question type. This may be where the core of this myth comes from.


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