ACT Score, Releasing Dates, Calculator, Chart and Average Score

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    ACT score is accepted by US colleges and universities to grant admission to US and International students. The score of test takers is posted on the official website –

    • It can be accessed through students’ ACT Web Account.
    • It is released around two weeks after the test day.
    • Writing test score is released separately and does not affect the composite score.
    • The composite score ranges from 1 to 36.
    • The average ACT score for 2017 and 2018 is 21 and 20.8 respectively.

    A small variance in the score can vary the number of colleges offering admission and financial aid substantially. In this article, you will come across all the important points regarding ACT score.

      ACT Scores Releasing Dates 2020

      The test dates along with the expected score reporting dates for US and Non-US students are tabulated below:

      US ACT Scoring Dates

      National Test DatesACT Scores Dates (except Writing score)
      February 8, 2020February 25-April 3, 2020
      April 4, 2020April 14-May 29, 2020
      June 13, 2020June 23-August 7, 2020

      International ACT Scoring Dates

      Non – US Test DatesACT Scores Dates (except Writing score)
      February 7-8, 2020February 12, 2020
      April 3-4, 2020April 8, 2020

      The dates are tentative and presumes that test was taken in computer based testing mode.

      How to See ACT Score?

      ACT scores are uploaded on the official website – once available. It will not be sent through email/mail/SMS/chat or fax. Nor any customer care executive can dictate the result on phone line. It can only be accessed through ACT account. Tests are examined and scores are added online every week.

      • For US students, all test scores except writing score are generally available within two weeks from the day of test. However, it can take up to 8 weeks due to some events.
      • For International students, tests scores is released within two working days if the test was taken through computer-based testing. If it was taken in pen and pencil mode then the scores are available from two to ten weeks after the test date.
      • Writing score is made available nearly two weeks after the declaration of mandatory tests.

      Average ACT Scores

      The average composite score along with average score of all tests including writing test from year 2015 – 2019 has been tabulated below. Students can also take a look at the trend of number of test takers over the years:

      YearTest TakersEnglishMathReadingScienceWritingComposite score
      20181,914,81720.220.521.320.8- **20.8

      *Writing score for 2016 was ranked on a scale of 1 – 36.

      **ACT has not released any information regarding 2018 writing test.

      ACT Scoring - How is ACT Scored?

      ACT scoring guide for multiple choice tests and writing test is different. For the former, it awards a raw score of 1 for one correct answer and no marks for wrong answer.

      • For a test of 40 questions a highest raw score of 40 can be attained, similarly, a maximum raw score of 60 can be obtained in a 60 questions test.
      • These raw scores from each test (except writing test) are converted to a scale of 1 – 36.
      • It is done to nullify the effects of difficulty level variability across different test dates as it is not feasible to set question papers of exact same difficulty level.
      • The composite score is the average of converted scaled scores of four tests rounded off to the nearest whole number.

      The writing test is scored on a scale of 2 – 12. It is evaluated by two examiners on a scale of 1 – 6 on four domains – ideas and analysis, development and support, organization and language use and conventions.

      • If there is a difference of more than one point between the two examiners awarded score than a third reader called to check the test and agree on a in between score.
      • The final score for writing test is achieved by adding both evaluators’ awarded marks.
      • Students’ English Reading and Writing scores are again converted on a scale to formulate his English Language Arts (ELA) score.
      • ELA will not be generated for ACT without Writing aspirants.

      Note: Opting for writing test does not affect students’ composite score. 

      ACT Calculator Chart – Raw Score to Scale Score

      Below table explains how English, Reading, Mathematics and Science raw scores are converted into a common scale score of 1 to 36:

      Scale ScoreEnglish Raw ScoreMath Raw ScoreReading Raw ScoreScience Raw Score
      1328 - 2910–111310
      1226 – 278–911–129
      1122 – 256–79–108
      1020 – 22587
      917 – 19476
      815 – 16365
      712 – 14-54
      6 10 – 11243
      58 - 9-3-
      46 – 71-2
      34 – 5-21
      22 – 3-1-
      10 – 1000

      The writing test is scored on a scale of 1 – 6 by two examiners combining to a final score of 2 – 12. 

      *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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