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The ACT Data and Results

About the Data

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The ACT assesses students in grade 11. The ACT assesses students' academic readiness for college. The ACT tests five subject areas – English, mathematics, reading, science, and writing. The Composite score is the whole number average of the subject area scores not including Writing. Beginning in 2015-16, an English Language Arts (ELA) score based on the English, Reading and Writing scores and a STEM score based on Mathematics and Science was reported. The highest possible score on the exam is 36 for the Composite, ELA, and STEM scores and each of the subject scores. The scores of each subject area are categorized as College Ready or Below College Ready based on benchmark values provided by the ACT. Benchmarks are provided for the Math, Science, STEM, English, Reading, and ELA scores. No ACT benchmarks are provided for the Composite and Writing scores. Wisconsin-specific cut scores were developed based on ACT benchmarks.

ACT District Level Reports

High school and district level profile reports are located on the Success ACT website, under ACT Test Scores and Reports, Contract Reports.
High School Profile Reports
District Profile Report
ACT Profile Insights and Planning Guide
Student Data File

ACT High School Level Reports

ACT Student Score Labels
Checklist Report
High school profile reports and student level data reports are located on the Success ACT website, under ACT Test Scores and Reports, Contract Reports.
High School Profile Report 
ACT Profile Insights and Planning Guide 
Sample High School Report (student level score data)
ACT High School Report Counseling Guide

ACT Student Level Report

Online Scores
  • Students who participate in State and District Testing and receive college-reportable scores on the ACT may view their scores and score report on a free ACT student web account.
  • Scores are available one week after examinee receives the printed score report in the mail.
  • Students logon to and create an account using the information found on their paper report.
  • Questions may be directed to ACT Contact Us or ACT Student Services at (319) 337-1270.

ACT College Reporting

Student College Reports

Sending scores to colleges
  • Scores are sent to 4 colleges based on the student’s completion of that section of their answer document prior to testing.
  • If students want to send scores to more than 4 colleges, they can logon to The ACT Test for Students webpage and use the ACT ID from the score report to create a web account (unless they have already created one from previous participation in a national ACT test date).
  • More information can be found on ACT Your Scores



Note that no single test can tell us whether students have learned everything that is important for students to learn. Additional local evidence should be reviewed for a more complete picture of student learning.