If you find yourself in need of a rough score estimate after taking an ACT practice test, or if you simply want an estimate of how many questions you need to get right to get a certain ACT score, the following official ACT raw score conversion chart can help!
Once you’ve checked out the chart, learn more about how to take your raw ACT score and convert it into an official composite ACT score on the 1 to 36 point scale.
The chart below presents the raw scores on ACT Tests 1-4 (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science), with their equivalent scaled scores in the right-most columns.
Raw ACT Scores and Scaled ACT Scores
|Raw Score English||Raw Score Math||Raw Score Reading||Raw Score Science||Scaled Score|
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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.
How to Use This ACT Raw Score Conversion Chart
What do you need to do to figure out your ACT score based on your raw score? Follow this process:
- Take an ACT practice test
- Add up the number of questions you answered correctly in each section; this is your raw score
- Take your raw English score and look at the ACT score chart to find your scaled score
- Repeat for Math
- Repeat for Reading
- Repeat for Science
- Average your four scaled scores by adding them together and dividing by four. This is your ACT composite score!
Here’s an example
Let’s say you took a practice test and you got the following scores:
Not bad! In this case your ACT Composite Score is 31. (Related: What is a good ACT 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.
Questions? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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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