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 24.
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.
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Dr. Kristin Fracchia makes sure Magoosh's sites are full of awesome, free resources that can be found by students prepping 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 agony and bliss of trail running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.
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