How to Get Old ACT Scores

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Maybe you decided to apply to more colleges, after you already took the ACT and sent your scores. Maybe you need a score report for a scholarship application. Or maybe you can’t remember whether you got a 28 or 29, or you’re just plain curious. For whatever reason, you need to check out your old ACT scores.

But wait. How exactly do you go about finding an old ACT score report? Have no clue what your ACT username is? Or maybe you don’t remember when you took the test?

It turns out, finding your old ACT scores is a breeze!

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Turns out, you can get your old ACT scores in several simple steps:

  1. Log into the ACT website
  2. Click on Your Test Dates and Scoring
  3. Find and select the score you were looking for
  4. Click on the date of your desired score and re-enter your password
  5. Review your scores to make sure they’re what you want to send
  6. Click Send Your Scores on the left menu
  7. Enter the codes for the schools you want to receive your scores
  8. Pay for the additional score repots

But we know it’s not always that simple! Read on for more info on each of these steps.

Logging In

First things first, you do need your user ID and password that you used when you registered for the ACT. Luckily, even if you don’t remember your login info, the ACT will help you find your user ID and reset your password, as long as you have the email address associated with your account. Once you get your user ID and password all settled, you can log in.
 

Locating Scores

After you log in, you’ll see Your Test Dates And Scores in the menu on the lefthand sidebar. After you click on that tab, you’ll be able to see a list of all the exams you registered for, whether you cancelled registration, or actually took the test. You’ll also see whether or not you took the writing portion of the test, which might help jog your memory if you’re looking for the score of a particular date you took the ACT.
 

    Fun Fact: You can find all ACT scores online for tests taken after October 1, 1966.

 
Once you determine which test date you’re interested in, click on the date. The ACT website will prompt you to enter your password in a second time, for extra security. Now you’re in!

Now that you’re logged into the score section, you can check out a fairly detailed report about your performance on the ACT. As you look over your scores, make sure to make a mental note of the test dates from which you want to send the scores.

Of course, you’ll be able to see your composite score (that’s the one you tell everyone and brag about), but you can also see the writing score if you wrote the optional essay, subscores, and subject area scores.

Understanding your subscores can be pretty helpful if you’re applying to specific college program. Some programs or grants might want to know how well you did on a subject that matters to them. You’ll usually still need a great overall score, but if your math score is exceptionally high, that can be a big boost if you’re applying for a math-related major or scholarship.

But, if you want those scholarships, colleges, or anyone else to view your scores, you’ll have to send them.

Sending Reports

If you head back to that lefthand sidebar, you’ll see a tab called Send Your Scores. Once you click, you’ll see your score reports organized by date. Unfortunately, the only free reports you can send are the ones included in your registration, way back when you took the ACT.

Now, you’ll have to pay to send score reports. If you took the ACT after September 2013, it’s only $12 per test date and per report (so, you can only pick one test date to send a report of…unless you want to pay double!).
 
If you took the test before September 2013, then your score is archived…which just means it isn’t in the ACT’s active file. Retrieving archived scores can take a day or two longer, and currently costs $34 ($22 archive fee + $12 report).
 
To send your old ACT score, you’ll need the code for the school that you want to receive your scores. The ACT score page has a handy lookup tool, so you can also search for the school name, but since some schools share names, make sure you’ve selected the right institution!
 

    Check out the ACT’s fee chart for the most up-to-date rate, for archived reports, and for priority rush reports!

 
And there you have it! Sending old ACT scores, even if you took the exam a while ago, isn’t so bad after all!

 

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14 Responses to How to Get Old ACT Scores

  1. Jill Rufo October 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    Hello ,
    My name is Jill Marie Rufo, I need my ACT scores for the Los Angeles Unified School District
    for a Substitute teaching position. I can use my ACT score in lieu of California Basic Education Skills test
    I graduated high school in June of 1967, and took the ACT probably after October 1966. Can you get back to me on how I can
    locate my score to have proof of it. My high school where I probably took the test was Admiral King High School, in Lorain Ohio.
    Thank you in advance.

    Best Regards,
    Jill Rufo

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 9, 2017 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Jill,

      Are you sure that your expired scores will count? I have heard of using ACT scores instead of various other scores, but only ACT scores that are still valid. If you are sure they will work, all the information we have to offer is in this post already. If you need help beyond what the website for accessing scores gives, then you will need to contact them directly. Good luck! 🙂

  2. David Monfre October 20, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    I am looking for my ACT and SAT scores, I graduated from high in 1990, the reason I’m asking is that I am applying for a apprenticeship and I need to retrieve those so I can send those in.

    Thank you,
    David Monfre

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 21, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

      Hi David,

      I recommend that you contact the test-makers directly! For the SAT, you’ll need to contact The College Board: https://www.collegeboard.org/?navId=www-cb and for the ACT go to http://www.act.org/. You can use this blog post for instructions on how to request your scores, but you’ll have to go right to the source in order to actually order them!

  3. michelle November 16, 2018 at 8:54 am #

    What if you don’t remember you user Id and password and you didn’t have an email address when you took the ACT. I am trying to get my scores from 1993 or 1994.

  4. Bert June 29, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

    This information is not correct. Scores can be accessed online only for tests taken after 2007. This is copied directly from the ACT website: “You will not be able to view scores from your previous test dates if you:
    Tested before September 2007 and graduated from high school before 2008.”

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 8, 2019 at 7:46 am #

      Hi Bert,

      We definitely want to make sure we have the most accurate information possible. I can’t seem to find that quote on the ACT website, though. Can you show me the direct link?

  5. Charles Schap August 3, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

    I need to furnish a potential employer my ACT, GRE and GMAT scores. I graduated from Washington (IL) Community high school in 1976 and took the other tests in the 1980’s,
    I did not keep my test score records. How do I get my scores now?
    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 27, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Charles, I’d recommend contacting each test-maker individually to ask about how to find your scores.

  6. Kat September 22, 2020 at 8:37 am #

    What if I don’t know when I took the test, but don’t have an account yet? To set up my account, I’m required to put in the month of my test. It was 8 years ago, I have no idea what month it was.

  7. Pam fernandez January 11, 2021 at 4:21 am #

    I graduated high school in june of 1969. I dont remember the date of when i took act. How do i get score?..


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