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Student Information

The top left section of the report shows your name as you provided it when you registered or tested, and the high school you said you were attending at the time you registered or tested. Need to make corrections?

The top right section shows the last 4 digits of your Social Security number (if you provided it) and/or an assigned ACT ID that begins with a dash (—). Your test date and test location are also reported. If you want to send these scores to additional colleges, you will need to know both the test date and test location, plus the SSN or ACT ID that appears on your score report.

Test Location

To help identify different sets of test scores that may be achieved in the same month, ACT reports the location where the test was taken. All test locations must be authorized by ACT. The possible test locations are:

  • NATIONAL: Testing at a national test center on a national test date (National test centers are those within the U.S. plus those in U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada.)
  • INTRNATL: Testing at an international test center on an international test date (International test centers are those outside the U.S., U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada.)
  • STATE: In-school testing on a state test date.
  • SCHOOL: Testing not through national, international, or state.
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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 rank is expressed in numeric and graph form as the approximate percentage of recent high school graduates in the U.S. who took the ACT and achieved a Composite score that was the same as or lower than yours. Your rank is also expressed in numeric form as the approximate percentage of recent high school graduates in your state who took the ACT and achieved a Composite score that was the same as or lower than yours.

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English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science

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 (—).

If your report shows an asterisk to the right of any of your subject area scores, please see Your College Readiness below.

The graph represents your ranks, expressed as 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 scores to the scores of others.

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Writing Results

If you took both the English Test and the optional Writing Test, this section shows two additional scores: a Combined English/Writing score and a Writing subscore. Taking the Writing Test does not impact your Composite score.

The Combined English/Writing score takes into account your English Test score and your Writing subscore from the same test date. Learn more.

The Writing subscore is the sum of the ratings from 1 (low) to 6 (high) given to your essay by two trained readers. Your report also provides some comments about your essay. One of the readers who rated your essay selected these comments to give you feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your essay.

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Your College Readiness

ACT has identified the minimum score needed on each ACT test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding first-year college course. An asterisk (*) indicates that your score is at or above the ACT benchmark score in that subject area.

To increase your college readiness, consider taking additional rigorous coursework in the subject areas that you did not meet the ACT benchmark score before you enter college.

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Your College Reports

This section provides information about each of the first four colleges (if any) you listed at the time you registered or tested, along with your self-reported information. You can compare information each college provided about the profile of that college's enrolled first-year students.

We have calculated a GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale from the grades you reported when you registered or tested.

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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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