September 24, 2019

ACT Score Release Day: What to Expect

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Waiting is an art form, and I’m convinced the art of waiting is honed and refined in high school. Nearly every day in the life of a high schooler involves waiting on some level.

Waiting for the bell to ring. Waiting for spring break to arrive. Waiting for that first paycheck. Waiting to get your driver’s license. Waiting to take your ACT . . . and then waiting for your ACT scores to release online.

I can’t help you with a paycheck or driver’s license, but I can give you some information about the ACT score release that might help you in the waiting. Here you go:

1. The 2019–2020 ACT Test Dates and Score Release Dates

  • July 13, 2019* (test date) // July 23, 2019 (multiple-choice scores released) // August 6, 2019 (writing score released)
  • September 14, 2019 (test date) // September 24, 2019 (multiple-choice scores released) // October 10, 2019 (writing score released)
  • October 26, 2019 (test date) // November 14, 2019 (multiple-choice scores released) // November 26, 2019 (writing score released)
  • December 14, 2019 (test date) // December 24, 2019 (multiple-choice scores released) // January 7, 2020 (writing score released)
  • February 8, 2020 (test date) // February 19, 2020 (multiple-choice scores released) // March 3, 2020 (writing score released)
  • April 4, 2020 (test date) // April 14, 2020 (multiple-choice scores released) // April 28, 2020 (writing score released)
  • June 13, 2020 (test date) //June 23, 2020 (multiple-choice scores released) // July 7, 2020 (writing score released)
  • July 18, 2020 (test date) // July 28, 2020 (multiple-choice scores released) // August 11, 2020 (writing score released)
  • [Projected] September 12, 2020 (test date) // September 22, 2020 (multiple-choice scores released) // October 6, 2020 (writing score released)
  • [Projected] October 24, 2020 (test date) // November 3, 2020  (multiple-choice scores released) // November 17, 2020 (writing score released)
  • [Projected] December 12, 2020 (test date) // December 22, 2020  (multiple-choice scores released) // January 5, 2021 (writing score released)

*not scheduled in New York or California

Note: Even though the ACT has released the “Score Release Dates,” not every student’s scores are released on that day. If you don’t see your scores posted, check back the next week. The ACT releases scores on a weekly basis, usually on Tuesdays. The posting time is normally 12am (Central Standard Time). They release additional scores on Wednesdays and Fridays (October is the exception. Additional scores are released on Thursdays in October.)

Another note: If you are taking your ACT outside of the US, your computer-based results post 2 days after taking the exam. 

2. How to Check Your Score

Test takers who have an ACT student web account will see their multiple-choice scores posted online,10 days after their test date. If you took the ACT with Writing, that section score will post approximately two weeks after your multiple-choice scores post. (See the dates listed above.)

ACT results come in the mail anywhere from 3–8 weeks after your test date; if you took the Writing section of the ACT, you will receive your full scores at the same time. 

3. Will Your College of Choice Receive Your ACT Score Automatically or do You Send Them to the Admissions Office?

The ACT generates three reports when your final scores are tallied. 1) Student Report 2) High School Report 3) College Report.

The Student Report is the report that you’ll receive both online and via snail mail. Included in this report is some helpful college and career planning information. 

 Check out this sample ACT Student Report

The High School Report is a report sent to your high school with the results of your ACT. This report is only generated if you authorized it when you registered for the test. When they receive this report, high schools will often put your ACT results on your high school transcript. 

Check out this sample ACT High School Report

The College Report is the report that is sent to the colleges and universities you have selected. You don’t have to send your Student Report to your college or university of choice, the College Report will be sent on your behalf to the colleges and universities you have chosen to receive the report. 

Check out this sample ACT College Report

4. Remember: You are more than Your Test Score

As important as a good ACT score is for college admission, it is not the only factor that schools look at, so don’t panic if you don’t hit your target score. You can take the test more than once, and you can improve any standardized test score with hard work. 


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