The student's correct answers are counted on each test. They neither lose nor
gain points for each omitted or incorrect answers. Then, for each test, the student
' s numbers of correct answers are converted into a score that ranges from 1
to 36. Their COMPOSITE score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to
the nearest whole number. If you left any test completely blank, that score is reported
as a dash and no Composite score is computed.
You must take both the English and Writing Tests in the same session to receive
Writing scores. The Combined English/Writing score is created by using a formula
that weights the English Test score two –thirds and the Writing Test score
one –third. The Combined English/Writing score is then reported on a 1 –36
It is one of the various criteria that the admission council looks at. However,
a good ACT® score does improve your chances of getting admission
and financial aid.
The registration for taking ACT® is $38 and ACT® plus Writing is $ 54.50. The
$16.50 Writing Test fee is refundable, on request, if you are absent on test day
or switch to the ACT (No writing) before the test begins
You can register online. The detailed information about registering for the ACT®
can be found at
The ACT® is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned
in school.The SAT® is more of an aptitude test,testing reasoning
and verbal abilities. The ACT® has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics,
Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.The SAT® has only
3 components: Critical Reading, Mathematics,and a required Writing Test. The SAT®
penalizes you for wrong answers, so guessing is discouraged. The ACT®
is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.
If you miss the late deadline to register for a test date, or to request a test
date or test center change, you may choose to sign in to your ACT®
account to request and pay for standby testing. Standby testing costs $47.00 plus
the fee for your test option ($85.00 total for the ACT® No Writing
or $101.50 total for the ACT® Plus Writing plus $37.00 international
The ACT ® is held 5 times a year. They are held in September, October, December,
April and June
Most scores are available for online viewing within 2 weeks after each test date.
Score reports are normally released within 3 to 8 weeks after each test date. If
you took the Writing Test, your score reports will be released only after all your
scores are available, including Writing, within 5 to 8 weeks after the test date.
If you take the test more than once, you choose which test date results the colleges
will receive. ACT sends scores only for the test date you select.
The universities only accept official scores sent directly by act.org. Scores
to four colleges you choose when you register for the ACT® will be sent free of
cost. Subsequently, for each score report sent to a college, you would have to pay
No. The ACT Institutional services do not combine scores from different test dates
in their reports. ACT maintains a separate record for each test date, and it is
ACT's policy to report scores only for entire test dates. In requesting a score
report from ACT, you may not select test scores from different test dates to construct
a new record; you must designate an entire test date record as it stands.
No. To be considered for admission to the test center, you must bring a printed
copy of your ticket. The test center and correct test date must be listed on your
ticket. If you bring a ticket for another test date or a different test center,
you will not be admitted. You must also bring acceptable photo identification
The only change you can make on the day of the test is your test option–ACT
No Writing or ACT Plus Writing. Tell the test supervisor at your test center that
you want to make this change before you are admitted to test. If there are materials,
space, and staff available for your new preferred test option after students registered
for that option have been admitted, you will be allowed to make the change. If you
change to the ACT Plus Writing, ACT will bill you.
You may take the ACT no more than 12 times total. This restriction applies even
if your scores from a test date are cancelled by you or by ACT. ACT may cancel your
registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to
enforce this policy. If you violate this restriction, your scores will not be reported
or will be cancelled and your fees will not be refunded.