ACT Exam Result 2024: Check Score Validity, Score Reporting and Section-wise Avg ACT scores

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Priya Garg

Priya GargStudy Abroad Expert

Updated on Feb 1, 2024 01:06 IST

ACT 2024 Result: The ACT exam Result is declared as per the candidate's exam date. ACT Scores are detailed and divided into section-wise and composite scores. The ACT exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The ACT exam is administered by ACT, Incorporated. ACT full form is American College Testing. It is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students looking for admission to undergraduate schools majorly in the US and Canada. The ACT exam evaluates the student's written, mathematical, verbal, and scientific skills.

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What are ACT Scores 2024?

Each section of the ACT (English, Math, Reading, and Science) is scored on a scale of 1 to 36 points. The composite score is the average of all four tests. Students taking the optional writing test will receive a writing score for that section ranging from 1 to 36. The writing score does not affect the composite score.

  • ACT Scores are released two weeks after the test date.
  • ACT Scores can be accessed through students' ACT accounts.
  • The writing test score is released separately and does not affect the composite score of the candidate.
  • The composite ACT score ranges from 1 to 36.

Here are the average ACT scores by sections:

ACT Test Sections

ACT Section-wise Average Scores

English

20.3

Math

20.9

Reading

21.3

Science

20.8

Composite ACT Score

21.0

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Q:   How is the ACT scored?

A:

ACT score ranges between 1-36. One gets a score depending on the number of correct answers you gave. The average score of four sections also known as the composite score is the final score. The ACT scores are based on correct answers in each section only and there is no negative marking for incorrect answers plus unattempted questions. Based on the above explanation of how scoring on ACT is done, the results are compiled. 

 

Q:   What is a good ACT composite score?

A:

There is no specific answer to this, usually, tier 1 universities prefer candidates with ACT composite scores of 30 or more. Since a lot of universities have become test-optional the may not require applicants to submit an ACT score at all. But there are applicants who would still submit an ACT score to prove their academic knowledge and analytical side too. Thus, there is no answer to the question as to what is a good ACT composite score, it all ultimately depends upon how th student wants to portray it. 

 
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ACT Score Reporting Dates 2024

ACT has not given any specific date when your scores are to be reported. ACT Score is delivered after a certain period of time after the test date and is processed during business hours. Test dates and expected score reporting dates for non-US students. Let's check out the ACT score reporting the earliest possible deadlines for international students in the table below:

ACT International Test Dates 2024 Earliest Possible Date for ACT MCQ Scores Announcement Online ACT Score Reporting Deadlines
23 & 24 February 2024 27 February 2024 28 February 2024 - 28 March 2024
12 & 13 April 2024 16 April 2024 17 April 2024 - 17 May 2024
07 & 08 June 2024 11 June 2024 13 June 2024 - 13 July 2024
12 & 13 July 2024 16 July 2024 17 July 2024 - 17 August 2024

There may be a case when ACT results may be delayed and dates might vary, thus, applicants must keep a check on the official website for result announcements and plan accordingly to send across their scores to universities as well.

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How to Check ACT 2024 Results?

Once the scores are released, students can access them using their ACT account. Scores are added every week, so, students should keep on checking the scores till the time they see theirs.

  • Usually, multiple-choice scores are available two business days after testing for those who have taken the test using computer-based testing. Also, students who have taken the test through paper-and-pencil get their scores two to ten weeks after the test date.
  • Writing test scores are available about two to three weeks after the multiple-choice scores.

ACT Score Validity: The ACT total scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested.

Q:   What are the delivery timelines for ACT score reports to recipients?

A:

ACT score reports are sent to various recipients like the college or university the applicant is applying to. There are different types of ACT score reports and each of them are delivered in a different time frame, the table below gives details of the types of ACT score reports and the time frame in which they are delivered:

Types of ACT score reportWhere it's delivered? When it's delivered? What it reports?
Student reportApplicant's online ACT web account2–8 weeks after the test dateACT scores, college and career planning information
High school reportApplicant's high school via
online reporting
College reportEach valid college code applicant listed and paid for when they registered or tested (up to six)Varies based on college and when orderedEverything on the Student and High School Report, plus the grades reported in up to 30 high school courses; it may also include performance prediction.
 

Q:   What all is there in the ACT score report?

A:

The ACT score report includes your section scores, composite score, and reporting category scores. There are different types of ACT score reports and each of them are delivered in a certain time frame and each of them record a certain set of things. The students have to be clear as to what type of ACT score report they are wanting to receive or want their recipients to receive on their behalf. The score reports of ACT includes ACT scores, college plus career planning, performance prediction, etc.

 

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How ACT 2024 is scored?

ACT scoring for writing tests and multiple-choice tests is different. For multiple-choice tests, a raw score of 1 is awarded for one correct answer and no marks for the wrong answer.

  • For a test of 40 questions, a maximum of 40 can be scored and for 60 questions test, a maximum raw score of 60 can be scored.
  • Then from each of the tests, these raw scores are converted to a scale of 1
    - 36.
  • This is done to invalidate 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 score of converted scaled scores of the four tests which are rounded off to the nearest whole number.
  • If in case there is a difference of more than one point between the two examiners in the awarded score then a third examiner evaluates the test.
  • The final score for the writing test is derived by adding the marks of both evaluators.
  • Students' English Writing and Reading scores are again converted on a scale to formulate the English Language Arts (ELA) score.
  • ELA will not be generated for the ACT without writing aspirants.
  • The ACT writing test is scored on a scale of 2 – 12. The test is evaluated by two examiners on a scale of 1 – 6 on four parameters namely ideas and analysis, development and support, organization and language use, and conventions.

Note: The writing test score does not affect students’ composite scores.

ACT Results 2024

ACT test results are typically released within two to eight weeks of the test administration and ACT score reports can be viewed online. If you took the ACT with writing, your writing scores will be posted online as soon as they are ready, which is normally two weeks after your general scores are out. Once the ACT results are out, the scores have to be reported to the respective universities. There are 4 ACT score reports which are automatically sent to the universities chosen by the applicant during ACT registration for free. For each additional ACT scorecard, applicants will have to pay an additional fee.

ACT results can be shared based on the ACT super score also, in case the universities accept them. Super scores of ACT mean the best scores for each section will be considered and compiled and then sent by ACT to the respective universities. Thus, it is absolutely up to the applicant how they wish to share their ACT scorecards with the universities, either self-report the scores or ACT sending them officially to the universities. The option may be limited for a couple of universities so applicants must check before proceeding for sending their ACT result cards.

ACT Result and Scores 2024 FAQs

Q. Can applicants get a new score from ACT if they incorrectly marked on a correct answer?

A. Yes, if the applicant feels that they have been marked incorrectly on a correctly answered question on the ACT exam, they can raise a request for score verification. For this they will have to fill up a pdf form and attach a cheque for ACT Customer Support. Once the form is submitted, the applicant's responses will be checked as per the correct score key and match the answers, in case of essay also, they would be evaluated by independent plus qualified readers to check if assessment was done correctly. In case the scores increase or even if they decrease the applicant would get a new score from ACT in both cases.

Q. What is a perfect ACT score?

A. The ACT is scored on a scale of 1-36, with 1 being the lowest and 36 being a perfect score. No university or college demands a perfect ACT composite score of 36, thus, students should aim for a score of 30+ and score slightly above the minimum ACT score requirements. Hence, its good to aim for the perfect ACT score but not aimlessly targetting for 36 will be a more sensible approach.

Q. Can I retake ACT after getting a perfect ACT score?

A. If you have scored a perfect ACT score then you need not give the ACT retest. Also, there is a possibility that you might score less on your second attempt. Also the ACT retest is for those who are dissatisfied with their exam scores and do not qualify for the minimum score band also. Thus, once an applicant has a perfect score on ACT as per his or her and university's requirements there is absolutely no need for them to retake the exam.

Q. What is a good ACT score for 2023?

A. The average ACT score for 2023 was around 21 (20.8), so, anything above this can be considered a good ACT score. However, you need to see whether it is enough for you or not as it depends on the college where you are planning to apply. If they are accepting a score higher than this then you need to get more than the average score.

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TEJ Since 2004

2 years ago

na bro they removed it now. Hyderabad isn't listed due to covid

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Rahul Singha

2 years ago

Thanks for the update Tej.

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TEJ Since 2004

2 years ago

Why Hyderabad isn't there.

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Rahul Singha

2 years ago

Hello Tej. Hyderabad is listed as an ACT test centre. Kindly re-check the page.