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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. 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.

Data and Reporting Resources

Translated Student Score Reports - Districts and schools may include a copy of the Spanish or Hmong translated Student Score Report (SSR) transcript with the English SSR so families have a better understanding of their student's results. If translated SSR transcripts are needed in languages other than Spanish and Hmong, Districts are responsible for providing those translations and may use the SSR transcript in English to create the translation.

Hmong Translation 

Understanding and Accessing Reporting

Spanish Translation 

WISEdash (for districts) ACT Dashboards – about the data and college readiness benchmarks

ACT Exam Data Availability

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Student Score Reports are available to students approximately 5-8 weeks after testing.  Score reports will be mailed directly to students and available electronically though the student’s MyACT account.

High school and district level report data  can be found on the Success ACT website. Resources for analyzing reports can be found on the Wisconsin ACT website.

State testing data will be released publicly in WISEdash in the Fall. For more information about WISEdash Public or WISEdash for Districts please refer to the ACT FAQ.

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 MyACT account within two days of testing.
  • If students want to send scores to more than four colleges, they can logon to and use their ACT ID (found on their paper 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.