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Thomas Broderick

What Time Do ACT Scores Come Out?

Tick. Tick. Tick. Time’s getting short, and all you can seem to do is stare at the clock. A great, existential force weighs down on your heart. Your doom (or possible salvation) is coming, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

And then, at the stroke of midnight (Central Time anyway), ACT scores come out.


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ACT scientists hard at work making you stay up late on a school night.


There’s a lot to know about how ACT scores are released, and why some scores are delayed. Also, this article will suggest what you can do to make the best use of your waiting period.


Release Times

The short answer to your question is that ACT releases scores at 12AM central time on that test’s score release day, which is usually two Tuesdays after you take ACT. Scores will appear on your ACT account.

One thing to note is that ACT releases scores in batches, so your results may not appear for one, two, three, or even seven days after the official release day. So don’t fret too much if your scores aren’t there the first day. After all, if you took the ACT Writing Test, you’ll be waiting an extra two weeks to receive your complete score. ACT appreciates your patience. After all, this will be good practice for all the anxiety you’ll feel waiting for fat or thin envelopes from colleges.


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This will make waiting for ACT scores seem like small potatoes.


In the Interim

Even if you don’t have to wait a few extra days for scores, the waiting game can still be tough. Don’t sit around all day and twiddle your thumbs. Don’t overthink it, either. Take some advice from Elsa:


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Some more advice: “Que sera sera…whatever will be will be.”


Because there’s nothing you can do at this point. There’s are few things worse for your physical or mental health than worrying. So take some time and do something else. Have you treated yourself for all your hard work getting ready for and taking the ACT? Get out there and have a little well-deserved fun!

If you really think you did poorly on the ACT, my best advice would be to continue your ACT prep even before you see the results. If you’re going to have to retake the ACT, you don’t want to fall out of the habit of studying. And if you’re waiting for the results from your first ACT, go ahead and sign up to retake the test. Even students who score well the first time retake the ACT. When you do get your scores, you can begin to focus solely on the areas where you struggled.

Stay tuned for your ACT results, ACT scholars. You’ll know soon enough, and I’m sure you did your best!


About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.

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