What To Expect on ACT® Score Release Day

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Learn when ACT® scores come out, how to check your ACT scores, what can cause a delay and more about ACT score release day!
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If you have recently taken your ACT® test, you might be eagerly waiting for your scores to be released. In this blog, we will discuss what to expect when the ACT score release day finally arrives, the process of checking your scores, and more.

What Time Do ACT Scores Come Out?

The ACT releases scores on a weekly basis, usually on Tuesdays. The ACT scores are released once a day at 12 am (Central Standard Time). Don’t worry, if your scores are unavailable on the first day, they might be available in the next couple of days. However, if you are yet to receive your scores even after a week of the ACT score release dates, it would be a good idea to contact the ACT.

How late can ACT scores come out?

The multiple choice scores are generally released two weeks after the test dates; however, it may take up to eight weeks for your scores to be available. The Writing test scores are released around two weeks after the multiple choice test scores. If you took the ACT with the writing test, your overall scores (multiple choice and writing) will be released altogether. Note that if you take the test in October or February, it may take three to eight weeks to receive your scores.

When do colleges get your ACT score?

Before reporting your scores to colleges, the ACT groups your score report with others to be sent to the same college. The ACT generally rolls out score reports at least once every two weeks. It depends on how soon your test is graded and the scores are ready to be released. Also, if you took the test with the writing section, it might take a little longer to process your scores.

How to Check ACT Scores?

Checking your ACT scores is easy! All you need to do is visit the ACT’s official website and follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign in via the “MyACT Sign In” button in the top right corner (you can also click “Your Scores”, but this will take you to another page that will eventually ask you to sign in).
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 ACT website student login page
  1. After signing in, click “Scores” in the top left of the screen.
Dashboard of the ACT student account
  1. Select the test dates for which you want to see the score.
Score board of the ACT student account

What Causes a Delay in Getting ACT Scores?

It takes a long time for the ACT to release the scores as there are hundreds of test booklets to be graded. Plus, there are a lot of steps involved in the scoring process. This is what happens after you are done taking your test:

  • The test booklets are sent to the ACT’s scoring headquarters.
  • Next, the test booklets are scanned to calculate the raw scores.
  • The raw scores are converted to scaled scores (1-36).
  • The Writing test booklets are hand-scored by two graders.

However, if your friends who took the ACT on the same date as you have received their scores but you haven’t, it may be due to the following reasons:

  • Your test booklets were received late by the ACT.
  • You rescheduled your test.
  • The information you provided on your answer sheet is different from your registration information.
  • Your test center received a report of irregularity.
  • Some registration fee is due from your end.
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