Every official ACT test has its own chart that converts raw scores to scores on the 1 to 36 point scale, but if you find yourself in need of a rough estimate for a practice test, or if you simply want an estimate of many questions you need to get right to get a certain score, the following official ACT raw score conversion chart can help!
The chart presents the raw scores on ACT Tests 1-4 (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science), with their equivalent scaled scores in the left- and right-most columns.
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ACT Raw Score Conversion Chart: Important Vocabulary
ACT Raw Score: The number of questions you answered correctly in the section. For example: If you answer 55 questions correctly on the ACT English Test, then your raw score for ACT English is 55.
ACT Scaled Score: The score that you get on each section of the ACT after your raw score is scaled. Your scaled score ranges from 1-36, with 36 being the highest possible score on a section. For example, if you answer 55 questions correctly on the ACT English Test, then your scaled score for ACT English is 23.
Raw ACT Scores and Scaled ACT Scores
|Scaled Score||Raw Score English||Raw Score Math||Raw Score Reading||Raw Score Science||Scaled Score|
When to Use This ACT Raw Score Conversion Chart
When prepping for the ACT exam, it’s important to take at least one (or hopefully a few) full-length ACT practice tests, which you can find on Magoosh. We recommend finding a quiet spot, like the library or your room with the door closed, on a weekend when you don’t have a lot going on. You can time yourself (no cheating!) and try to recreate realistic test conditions as much as possible. Not only will this help you get used to a long, grueling standardized test, but it will also help you perfect your timing and pacing strategies.
The trouble is, after you sit down for a 4+ hour exam, plus an extra 20-30 minutes of grading your own test, you’re left with a raw score. This is where the chart comes in. Use the ACT raw score conversion chart to turn your raw score into a scaled score so that you can get a better idea of how well you might do on test day.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.