The Waiting Game

Posted by Gerrin T. Alexander

July 23, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Scores Post-Test

How Long?

As every TV commercial claims for every consumer product, the results may vary. The ACT score release dates differs for students across a range of weeks, but most tend to see their results at the ten day mark, after taking the exam. They have often been released on either a Tuesday or Thursday ten days after your Saturday morning exam at around 10 pm (PCT).

And what if they aren’t?

Well, check on a weekly basis because that’s how ACT scores are released. No matter the circumstances, the ACT results should be released within eight weeks of the exam date. However, those of you who took the exam with writing, the wait is not over for you, unfortunately. You will have to wait up to another two weeks after the multiple choice scores are released. But don’t worry, colleges have to wait until all scores are finalized in order to receive your results.

Delayed Score Release

First, let’s point out the obvious reason for a delayed score release. Way more people than you and your sweaty, anxious peers sitting in the classroom take this exam at the same time, and there are simply too many tests to process and grade. Understandably, ACT Inc. might be running behind.

Other reasons include: - Late delivery of documents to testing headquarters - Test date was rescheduled - Personal information doesn’t match the information provided during registration - ACT, Inc. randomly audited your test to check for accuracy in scoring - Overdue registration fees - ACT, Inc. detected an irregularity with your test scores or someone else’s test scores at your testing center

This last one essentially means that ACT Inc. suspects you of cheating if they see that you have improved substantially between test administrations. If this happens to you, make sure you have evidence of your studying and preparation for the test. Also, make sure you show your work on the test so they know how you arrived at the answer.

2019-2020 ACT Score Release Date Estimates

Below are some estimates of the score release dates of the upcoming year.

ACT Test Date Multiple-Choice Scores Release Complete Scores (w/ Essay) Release
July 13, 2019 July 23, 2019 Aug 6, 2019
Sept 14, 2019 Sept 24, 2019 Oct 8, 2019
Oct 26, 2019 Nov 5, 2019 Nov 19, 2019
Dec 14, 2019 Dec 24, 2019 Jan 7, 2020
Feb 8, 2020 Feb 18, 2020 Mar 3, 2020
Apr 4, 2020 Apr 14, 2020 Apr 28, 2020
June 13, 2020 June 23, 2020 July 7, 2020
Juy 18, 2020 July 28, 2020 Aug 11, 2020


Keep track of your ACT login information, so you can be up-to-date on the latest news regarding the exam and so you can easily login on score release day. Or, you can be like me and just wait until people at school start to talk about their results to check yours. Don’t be afraid or hesitant to contact ACT, Inc. if you feel uneasy about there being a delay in your score release.

It’s not the end of the world if you’re not satisfied with your score the first, second, or maybe even third time around. If it makes you feel better, I took the ACT a whopping 5 times. Yeah, I know… that’s A LOT mentally, physically, and emotionally. Anyways, if this is the case for you, make a plan to figure out the areas you need to focus on for your next attempt, and we at Prepmedians hope that includes us!

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Posted by Gerrin T. Alexander

Gerrin scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT in high school and is currently studying Economics and Public Policy at The University of Chicago. Fun fact: She has done the #wopchallenge on nearly every corner of the campus, including the quad.