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Kristin Fracchia

What is ACT Test Information Release and How Do You Use It?

What is the ACT Test Information Release Service?

In select months, namely December, April, or June, you can order a copy of the ACT you took and a list of your answers and the answer key. If you took the ACT with the essay (the Writing test) you’ll also get the scoring rubric and the scores assigned to you by two readers.

How do I order it?

You can order Test Information Release when you are signing up for the ACT, or after the test, you can order it with this form on act.org. Test information release costs an extra $20. You’ll get it sooner if you order it before your test, but you do have to order it within 3 months of your test date if you choose to do so after.

When will I receive it?

If you order TIR before the test, you’ll receive a test booklet and answer key four weeks after scores are released. Or, if you order it after you take the ACT, you’ll receive it three to five weeks after your order is received.

How do I use the ACT Test Information Release report?

Test day is a BLUR. You can can gain really valuable insights by going through the exact test you took later on. This service is something I highly recommend to all students who can use it in time to prepare for a retake. For example, by going through the test booklet and your answers, you can determine:

  • Did you make silly mistakes?
  • Is there a pattern in questions you missed?
  • Was your timing off anywhere?

In addition, it’s highly unlikely you remember all of the questions from your test. You can “retake” your test for more practice with official, recent ACT tests!

About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's blogs are chock-full of awesome, free resources for students preparing for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agonizing bliss of marathon running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

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