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ACT Raw Score Conversion Chart

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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 EnglishRaw Score MathRaw Score ReadingRaw Score ScienceScaled Score


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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.

ACT Composite Score: The average of your four scaled scores (English, Math, Reading, and Science). The highest possible composite score is 36.

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 (when you get your official ACT results, this conversion is provided for you)
  • 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:

  • Raw scores: 70 in English, 42 in Math, 37 in Reading and 35 in Science.
  • Using the chart, your scaled scores are: 34 in English, 27 in Math, 34 in Reading, 28 in Science.
  • Add your scaled scores together: 34+27+34+28 = 123
  • Divide the total by 4 to get your composite score: 123/4 = 31
  • 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.

    Happy studying!

    About Kristin Fracchia

    Dr. Kristin Fracchia currently focuses on our MCAT and LSAT Prep, but she also has expertise in a wide range of standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT, as well as college and grad school admissions. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004. She enjoys the agony and bliss of long distance trail running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

    4 Responses to “ACT Raw Score Conversion Chart”

    1. Hoyeon Won says:

      Is this grading scale official and used on latest ACT test? I need this answer urgently!! thank you.

      • David Recine David Recine says:

        Unfortunately, there is no universal official ACT grading scale. Every individual practice test or real test has slightly different “point weight” for its questions. So no one chart can tell you exactly how to convert a raw score for the exam yout ake ont est day.

        However, this grading scale is based on official point conversion data from ACT. ACT offers a raw score conversion chart for each of its individual official practice tests. (These are found in the ACT Official Guide and on the ACT website.) So this chart is as close to accurate as possible.

        You certainly can use this chart to get a pretty good idea of your ACT score, based on your raw points. I hope this helps. 🙂

    2. Wahaj says:

      There are 2 charts for scaled scores this is quite confounding. can anyone please explain how does it work? if i want to get a 29 score on ACT how much questions should i answer on each section give me a rough idea please thank you.

      • David Recine David Recine says:

        We have two columns for scaled scores to make it clear that the scaled score (seen on either side of the chart) contains all the section raw scores (seen in the inner columns of the chart, between the scaled score columns). I can see how that would be confusing though. Hopefully I’ve helped clear things up a little. 🙂

        The scores you see between our two squares for scaled score 29 are as follows: English 66, Math 49, Reading 34, Science 34. These are the raw scores (the number of questions you need to get right) in order to get the equivalent of a 29 in each individual section. Of course, there are other ways to get a 29 as a while exam score. You could do a but worse than 34 in Reading, but do a bit better than 49 in math, and still get a 29 overall. Or you could do a little worse in English, a little better in Science, really poorly in one section but above a 29 equivalent in all the others, etc….

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