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Where are My State ACT Scores?

   By Lisa Mark Robins 

​​In July of 2016, the State of Ohio announced all juniors would take either the ACT or SAT at their high school in the spring. Most high schools opted for the ACT on March 21st; a few are doing the April ACT and even fewer the SAT. Students who’ve take the ACT before on their own have noticed these states results are slower than national test date results to arrive.

When the test scores do arrive, they won’t be by the usual method.  So when and how will you get your scores? If you have an existing ACT account, how will they magically make their way over there? LEAP has your answers!

On test day, students completed a form which included their name, birth date and home address among other pieces of personal information. This is key to getting your state results and the merging with your existing account.

As always, scores are released in batches over a period of weeks; this is why your friend may already have his or her scores, and you don’t have yours. A call to ACT in Iowa revealed the window for receiving state scores will be 3 – 8 weeks post test date with most in the 4 – 6 week window. For national test dates, scores can be received as early as 10 days post test.

Another difference is state results will be sent first via paper to your home mailing address provided on test day; your high school is also receiving a paper copy.

What if you already have an ACT account due to testing prior to the state test or already registering to test at a later date? Your state scores should get matched to your existing account within two weeks of your paper report being received. The computer is looking at the personal information you provided on test day to match with that in your existing account.

What if your state scores never magically appear in your existing account? First, give it two weeks from the time of receiving your paper report for the “magic” to happen. If it hasn’t happened in that time frame, call ACT Customer Care at 319-337-1270 for assistance. Your school counselor can’t fix this for you, so please don’t bring them this question during this busy time of year.

What if the state test is your first test or interaction with ACT? How do they get into an online account? Wait until your paper report is received. On this report is an I.D. #. Once you have that number, go to the ACT website and create an account. Students are asked if they’ve ever taken the ACT before. Answer “yes”. You’ll then be prompted to provide your I.D. #. This should set-up your account you can use to register for future test dates and all scores should be in this account moving forward.