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Student Information

The top section of the report shows your name as you provided it when you registered or tested, ACT ID, the high school you said you were attending, your test date, and test location. If you want to send these scores to additional colleges, you will need to know both the test date and test location, plus the ACT ID that appears on your score report.

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Composite Score

This section shows your Composite score, which is the average of your scores on the four multiple-choice subject area tests, rounded to the nearest whole number (.5 is rounded up). If you left any multiple-choice test completely blank, the Composite score is reported as a dash (—). Your ranks are the approximate percentages of recent high school graduates in the U.S. and your state who took the ACT and achieved a Composite score that was the same as or lower than yours.

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Test Results

This section shows your scores on each of the multiple-choice subject area tests and your associated subscores. Subscores give you information about your specific strengths and weaknesses in the areas these tests cover. The subscores are computed separately; there is no arithmetic relationship between subscores and test scores (i.e., the test score is not the sum of the subscores). If you left any multiple-choice test completely blank, that test score is reported as a dash (—).

Your ranks are the approximate percentages of recent high school graduates in the U.S. who took the ACT and received scores that are the same as or lower than your scores on the multiple-choice subject area tests and your subscores. These ranks allow you to compare your achievement across subject area tests.

Your subject area scores are shown graphically on the 1-36 scale with the ACT College Readiness Benchmark Scores. Benchmark scores indicate likely success in selected first-year college courses (a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher). If your scores are at or above the ACT benchmark scores, you will likely be ready for first-year college courses.

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Test Results (cont.)

If you took the ACT with writing, your writing score and scores for four domains of writing competencies (Ideas and Analysis, Development and Support, Organization, and Language Use and Conventions) are shown.

Your writing rank is the approximate percentage of recent high school students who took the ACT writing test as part of a special study and received scores that are the same as or lower than your score. Your writing score is shown graphically on the 1-36 scale. The writing domain scores have a reported range of 2-12. There is no arithmetic relationship between domain scores and the Writing test score (i.e., the writing score is not the sum of the domain scores).

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Test Results (cont.)

Composite and Subscores: ACT test scores and the Composite score range from 1 to 36; subscores range from 1 to 18. Your Composite score is the average of your scores on the four subject tests. Subscores do not necessarily add up to your score for a subject test.

ACT College Readiness Benchmarks: If your scores are at or above the ACT benchmark scores, you will likely be ready for first-year college courses.

U.S. Rank and State Rank: Your ranks tell you the approximate percentages of recent high school graduates in the U.S. and your state who took the ACT and received scores that are the same as or lower than yours.

Interpreting Your Scores: Test scores are not precise measures of your educational development. ACT scores reported are the midpoint of a score range that represents your educational development at the time you took the ACT. For example, the score range is plus or minus one point for the Composite score. You will find more information about interpreting your scores in the Using Your ACT Results booklet provided with this report and at www.actstudent.org.

Writing: The score ranges from 1 to 36. Writing domain scores range from 2 to 12. Domain scores do not necessarily add up to your score for the writing test.

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Test Results (cont.)

If you took the ACT with writing, your English Language Arts (ELA) score is the average of your English, reading and writing scores, rounded to the nearest whole number (.5 is rounded up). The ELA score ranges from 1 to 36. Your ELA rank is the approximate percentage of recent high school students who took the ACT writing test as part of a special study and received ELA scores that are the same as or lower than your score.

Your STEM score is the average of your mathematics and science scores, rounded to the nearest whole number (.5 is rounded up). The STEM score ranges from 1 to 36. Your STEM rank is the approximate percentages of recent high school graduates in the U.S. who took the ACT and received STEM scores that are the same as or lower than yours.

Your Understanding Complex Texts proficiency level is based on a subset of items in the reading test and indicates your ability to identify the central meaning and purposes for a range of increasingly complex texts. There are three proficiency levels: Below Proficient, Proficient, and Above Proficient.

Based on your ACT Composite score, Progress Toward Career Readiness indicates your potential level of achievement on the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®). The ACT NCRC is an assessment-based credential that certifies skills critical to your future education and career success. Your Composite score is shown graphically on the 1-36 scale indicating your potential NCRC certificate level (i.e. Bronze, Silver, or Gold). This information is not to be considered a substitute for actual performance on the ACT NCRC.

Learn how ACT NCRC performance relates to job skill requirements at http://www.act.org/workkeys/briefs/files/NCRCRequirements.pdf

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Your College Reports (cont.)

This section allows you to compare important factors about the colleges you listed at the time you registered, such as the availability of your program of study, college costs, and percentage of students receiving financial aid.

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