ACT Scoring


Score reports are available on the ACT, Inc's website ( approximately 2½ weeks after the test date. Score reports are usually mailed to your home within 3 to 8 weeks after the test date.

The required portion of the ACT is divided into four multiple choice subject tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.

Subject test scores range from 1 to 36; all scores are natural numbers. The English, mathematics, and reading tests also have subscores ranging from 1 to 18. (The subject score is not the sum of the subscores.) The "composite score" is the average of all four tests. In addition, students taking the writing test receive a writing score ranging from 2 to 12, a "combined English/writing score" ranging from 1 to 36 (based on the writing score and English score), and one to four comments on the essay from the essay scorers. The writing score does not affect the composite score. Sometimes the test includes an experimental section that may be a short version of any of the four major sections.

For a complete list of schools and their respective ACT score ranges, see