Despite the SAT’s popularity, the ACT remains the standardized admissions exam of choice for twenty four states. Offered six times a year the ACT examination tests college hopefuls on their skills in math, English, reading, and science reasoning. There is also an optional writing portion of the exam that many colleges will consider alongside the other segments.
Completed exams are scored in several ways, resulting in the composite and test scores. These range from 1 (low) to 36 (high), and are commonly referred to as ‘the’ ACT score. There are also scores provided for each section, which are called the subscores.
Knowing your ACT score is important for a number of reasons. The obvious purpose is the use of the score in college admissions requirements. However many other organizations will consider ACT information as well. For example MENSA will consider ACT scores taken before 1984 as part of their admissions process. Some employers also approve of high ACT scores.
You have a number of ways to find your ACT scores. Regardless of method, ACT, inc charges $17 for score validation.
The first method is through actstudent.org. At this site you will be required to create a student web account to gain access to your records. This account does require some sensitive information such as your social security number. The registration portion of the site does use an identity-secure protocol (https://).
This account will provide you with a number of options. You can view your score, as well as -send- the score online to various agencies. You can print your admissions ticket for proof of attendance, and change your registration date if necessary.
For those who took the test prior to 2006, there live skor are also other methods to validate scores. Those who have taken the ACT can request their old scores by snail mail or by telephone, again for $17.
To validate scores by telephone, call the ACT help desk at 319-337-1313. You must call between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm central time. In addition you may pay another $12 to have your results prioritized and provided faster than usual.
By mail, you must provide a letter with the following information – full name, Social Security number, date of birth, test date, where to send the scores, current address and phone number, payment in check or money order, payable to ACT Records. Mail the request to ACT Records, PO Box 451, Iowa City, IA. 52243-0451.
After you send in the information, all you need to do is wait the appropriate time. However there are additional steps that may make the process easier overall.
First make sure you double check that you have all the relevant information. Many validations are held up because of simple errors that can be avoided with a little forethought.