How To Send Your ACT Scores to Colleges

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After all the work you put into achieving great ACT scores, you’ll want to make sure they reach the schools where you’re applying.

There are three ways to get your scores safely to their destinations.

1. The Easy Way

The easiest way to get your ACT scores sent to colleges is to specify the recipients during your registration process. You’re invited to indicate up to four schools where you want your scores reported for free.

To do this, you’ll need to know the full name of the institution, plus the four-digit College Code associated with the name. If you don’t know the code off-hand, there is a search tool right there on the form.

2. Buying Extra Reports

You can order more score reports at any time for $13 per test, per school. If you want to send out more than four score reports, this is the way to go.

This is also your best option if you choose not to specify any recipients during registration.

Order reports by signing into your ACT web account and following the instructions under “Send Your Scores.” In case you’re wondering, you definitely have an account if you registered for the test online. To sign in, you’ll need to know your eight-digit ACT ID number.

Payment to send your scores is by credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, you can order reports by snail mail. Regular reports usually arrive within about 9-14 days.

Remember, each test date requires its own report, even if you’re sending several tests to the same college.

3. Ordering Priority Reports

The ACT also offers priority reports, which are delivered within two weeks–but oftentimes within even two or three business days. Priority reports cost $16.50 per test, per school.

You can order priority reports online, by mail, or by phone. If you choose to order by phone, call ACT Inc. at 319-337-1313. If you order by phone, ACT will charge you a $15.00 phone service fee in addition to the cost of the report.

In case you’re wondering, ordering a priority report won’t make the company score your test any faster.

You should do everything you can to avoid having to send a priority report. Barring genuine emergencies. They just don’t look good. Some universities don’t even accept them, so be sure to check with the admissions office before you order one.

Schedule your test date early, and make sure that your regular score reports arrive at their destinations well before the deadline. And prior to testing day, be sure to utilize proper prep materials provided by The Princeton Review, Kaplan, ACT Online, and others to get the scores you are proud to send.