How to Submit ACT Scores to Colleges and Universities

Submitting ACT Scores

It can often feel as if the ACT is consuming your life as a rising junior or senior in high school. Between brushing up on grammar rules and mastering data interpretation skills, you’d like to just put the ACT behind you and head to the college of your dreams. That time will come… Unfortunately, there is one more step even after you receive your impressive test scores. How do you ensure that your favorite colleges know how well you did? Submit ACT scores to colleges and universities!

Colleges and scholarship agencies almost always require that you send in “official” scores with your applications. A printed copy of your online score report typically won’t make the cut. Admissions committees are looking for verified scores to ensure that scores are accurate and have not been altered in any way. Score submissions can be arranged both before and after you sit for the test. This allows for some flexibility if you change your mind on what colleges you are interested in.

Submitting your ACT scores is a relatively simple process, and everything you need to know for submitting your scores is outlined below.

Just follow the steps…

College Codes

Before you submit ACT scores to colleges and order request for your scores, you will need to know the codes for the colleges you would like to receive your scores. There are two ways to locate these:

First, the ACT has provided an online search tool for your convenience. You can also use the traditional PDF file if you prefer, but the online tool contains the most updated information. Remember many colleges have multiple campuses, so be sure to select the correct location to ensure your scores arrive at the campus you want.

Find the code…

Arranging Submission Prior to the Test Date

You can arrange for scores to be sent to up to four colleges before you take the ACT. This is by far the simplest way to submit your test scores.

You can use all four of the free score submissions even if you aren’t set on which colleges you plan on applying to. This shows colleges that you are interested in their programs and is completely free with your registration.

However, it should be noted that you will be unable to view your scores before they are sent if you choose to have your score submissions pre-arranged! Therefore, if you are applying to highly competitive programs, you may want to consider waiting to send in scores until after you view your score report. The downside is that there is an additional fee if you wait to submit them after you get your scores back.

Note: some schools do require that you submit all of your ACT scores though. Be sure to check if this is a requirement for any colleges on your interest list so that you can arrange for free score submissions instead of paying for submissions later. Ultimately, it is your choice whether to utilize the four free score submissions, so it is recommended to research your potential colleges ahead of your test date. You can take advantage of the free score reporting until 1 PM EST on the Thursday following your test date.

You can make plans before the test for what happens after the test.

How Long Does it take to Submit ACT Scores?

Scores typically take between two and seven weeks for colleges to receive them once a request has been received by ACT. Once received, requests are processed within one week by ACT. However, colleges and scholarship agencies may take additional time to process the reports once received. Some colleges, for example, only accept scores from ACT once every two weeks. It is important to submit your ACT scores to colleges and universities in plenty of time to meet deadlines, with online and phone requests being faster than mail options.

Time to play the waiting game…

Submitting Scores after your Test Date

If you decide to wait to submit your ACT scores to colleges and universities until after you receive your test results or want more than four schools to receive your scores, then you can easily request that your scores be sent through the ACT website, phone, or mail. However, additional fees will apply: a standard report will cost $13 per request. If you took the test prior to September 2017, then you will be required to pay an additional fee of $25 for a total of $38 per request.

If requesting through the website:
1. Log into your account on the ACT website
2. Click “Send Your Scores”
3. Select the test date for the scores you wish to send
4. Enter the college codes (Up to eight per report order request)
5. Submit your credit card information for payment

Note: No changes or cancellations can be made after an order request is submitted. This also applies to phone and mail requests.

If requesting over the phone:
1. Call 319-337-1270 between 9:30 AM and 6:00 PM EST Monday through Friday. It is recommended to avoid calling early afternoon on Monday as your wait time will be longer.
2. Provide the following information to request your scores:
· ACT ID
· Current name and address
· Name and address at the time of testing
· Home phone number
· Date of birth
· Test date
· Test location
· College names, locations, and codes
3. Use a valid credit card for payment. There is an additional $15 fee for phone processing in addition to the report fee.

Note: Only eight reports per day can be requested by phone

If requesting by mail:
1. Fill out the request form and send to the below address with applicable fees.
ACT Customer Care – Score reports
PO Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243-0451

OR

2. Send a letter of request to the above address with the following information:
· ACT ID
· Current name and address
· Name and address at the time of testing
· Home phone number
· Date of birth
· Test date
· Test location
· College names, locations, and codes
· Signature

Note: To prevent any delays when submitting requests by mail, it is recommended to download and fill out the request form to help ensure that you provide all the necessary information.

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow…

Choosing which Scores to Submit

If you take the ACT more than once, then you may want to select specific section scores to send to colleges, especially if a college superscores. The ACT allows you to send scores by section opposed to the entire report.

For example, let’s say you scored exceptionally higher on the science portion of your most recent test, but all of your other scores remained relatively flat or went down. In that case you may want to submit only the science score to showcase your best performance. However, it is important to check into whether or not a college requires that you submit an entire test or even all of your ACT test scores.

It is up to you to ensure that you have the most accurate information regarding admission requirements for the colleges you wish to apply.

The ACT is Changing!

The ACT will begin allowing students to only take single sections of the test in 2020. It is unknown at this time if there will be an impact on the fees or process for sending scores. More information on this change can be found here.

Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available to juniors and seniors that qualify for low income status. Students that qualify are able to submit twenty score reports for two tests (forty reports in total) at no cost. More information on the qualifications for a fee waiver and how to receive one can be found here.

Phew!
That’s it! You now have all the information to ensure your ACT scores are submitted successfully. Now you can put this information to good use and get started on preparing your college applications. The ACT is almost in the rearview now!

You did it!

By |2020-02-25T16:08:06+00:00January 17th, 2020|ACT, Uncategorized|

About the Author:

Whitney Bono is a chemical engineer, proud graduate of the University of Alabama, and test prep coach with over five years of experience helping students reach their goals on the SAT and ACT. When she’s not working with students you’ll find her running or reading a good book on one of the gulf coast’s beautiful beaches.