So test day has come at last, and before you know it, you’re walking out of the testing center. The great adventure is finally over, but you can’t help but think one thing:
It’s time for the waiting game to begin, that’s what! For most of you, ten days will pass before scores appear online. In this article, learn about the wait, why sometimes it can take a little longer than normal, and what you can do to make the best use of your time.
Ten Days?! That’s 14,400 minutes!
Yep. That means at midnight on second Tuesday after you take the ACT, the results will go live. Ten days gives ACT enough time to box up, ship, receive, scan, and verify your and everyone else’s test.
If you happened to take the ACT writing, that score will usually take a couple of weeks extra. Two readers grade your essay. You wouldn’t want a machine grading it, would you?
So it’s ten days later, and the clock just struck midnight Tuesday. You log in to your ACT account and…
My Results Aren’t There!
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that ACT sometimes staggers releasing results over a few days. You may have to wait up to an extra week to receive your score. This is normal, so don’t go complaining to ACT if friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/mortal enemy got his or her results before you.
If more than a week does go by, though, then it would be appropriate to politely contact ACT. And no, if you call customer service they can’t give you your results by phone.
There are many reasons for a longer score delay. ACT explains these reasons on its website. In summary, something might have gone wrong at the testing center, or you might have filled out something incorrectly on the ‘supplemental information’ section of your answer page. No matter the reason, there a near 0% chance that you won’t receive a score.
While You Wait
You might as well do something constructive for the next week and a half. As I said before in my article on waiting for SAT scores, focusing on your classes and extracurricular activities is your best bet. After all, by getting ready for the ACT your focus has been on the future. Take a little time to live in the present and experience what’s right in front of you. Though you’re still in school, think of this time as a mini-vacation.
Last, but certainly not least, use the wait to consider where to send your scores. No doubt you’ve been thinking about (or thinking about thinking about) colleges and scholarships. Now that real scores are just around the corner, it’s time to make some hard but necessary choices. And even if you end up retaking the ACT, the planning you do during the wait will be just as valuable.
I know you’ll successfully get through the wait until your act scores are available online. Hang in there, ACT scholars!