Retake the Test

You can take the ACT no more than 12 times total (see Retest Restrictions). Many students take the test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior.

How will I do on a retest?

Of the students who took the ACT more than once:

  • 57% increased their Composite score
  • 21% had no change in their Composite score
  • 22% decreased their Composite score

What scores are reported if I test more than once?

You determine which set of scores are sent to colleges or scholarship programs. We will release only the scores from the test date (month and year) and test location (e.g., National, State, School) you designate. This protects you and ensures that you direct the reporting of your scores.

Can I combine scores from different test dates to create a new Composite score?

No. You cannot combine scores from different test dates for a new Composite score.

Can I report only my Writing scores or only my multiple-choice scores from a test date?

No. All scores from a test date will be reported together.

Can I combine my Writing scores from one test date with my multiple-choice scores from another?

No. Scores cannot be combined across test dates. You must designate an entire test date record as it stands.

How do I sign up to retake the test?

If you are signing up to retake the test, you have the same registration options as someone registering for the first time. In addition, you may be able to register by telephone for an additional fee.