How Long Does It Take To Get Your ACT Scores Back?

Worried about how long does it take to get your ACT scores back? This article gives you an estimated time to expect your ACT results after taking the test and more.

TCM Staff

8th October 2020

 Although you have just been through the worst part of testing, in general, there is still plenty to come. This means that even though you have just submitted your ACT form and are preparing to relax, the thought of your results makes you sit up ramrod straight. 

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The ACT or American college testing is a comprehensive exam that evaluates your knowledge regarding the subjects you have chosen before taking the test. The ACT is usually a series of multiple-choice questions along with an optional essay. 

ACT candidates usually write this paper on a Saturday morning and it can take 10 to 12 days long for the ACT scores to come out. Scores are often released on a Tuesday or Thursday, so they'll show up just 10 or more days after your Saturday morning test. They usually come out at 1 am Eastern Time (that's midnight Central Time or 10 pm Pacific Time). This period also varies depending on whether you took the ACT with writing. Although this is not a standard period because release dates vary from student to student depending on when and where they wrote their test.

In which case your essay results would be graded and reported a week after your normal multiple-choice questions. In case your results haven't been released after a week students should ideally check every week. Students who have written the exam overseas can expect to have their results within 3 weeks. 

The ACT scores are periodically released for over 8 weeks. And once you have completed your test and submitted it, the ACT inc will submit an official student report which consists of a cumulative compilation of all ACT scores country and nationwide.

What are the exact dates you can expect your ACT test scores?

The given table of dates is applicable only if you took the ACT test without an additional essay elective. If you had taken the essay and writing section your multiple-choice question results would arrive after the concerned authorities checked your essay. The table given below indicates when you can expect your test results. But in the event that you have not received your results, it doesn’t mean it is a problem.

These test dates have been officially confirmed for the 2019-20 testing year by ACT, Inc.

ACT Test Date

Multiple-Choice Scores Release

Complete Scores (w/ Essay) Release

Sept 14, 2019

Sept 24, 2019

Oct 8, 2019

Oct 26, 2019

Nov 12, 2019

Nov 26, 2019

Dec 14, 2019

Dec 26, 2019

Jan 9, 2020

Feb 8, 2020

Feb 25, 2020

Mar 10, 2020

Apr  4, 2020

Apr 14, 2020

Apr 28, 2020

June 13, 2020

June 23, 2020

July 7, 2020

July 18, 2020

July 28, 2020

Aug 11, 2020

 One should note that the April 4th release of test results has henceforth been delayed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. In fact, if you haven’t received your results you should prepare for the situation where you might not receive it until this pandemic has stabilized.

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Reasons your results may be delayed

The most likely reason why your results have not reached your mail is probably that the COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in a standstill of the economy including all its functions. This would mean your results would be delayed until the authorities deem the virus benign. But besides the pandemics possible reasons include:

Despite the pandemic, given below is the best estimate for when we assume you will get your test results back:

ACT Test Date

Multiple-Choice Scores Release

Complete Scores (w/ Essay) Release

Sept 12, 2020

Sept 22, 2020

Oct 6, 2020

Oct 24, 2020

Nov 10, 2020

Nov 24, 2020

Dec 12, 2020

Dec 24, 2020

Jan 7, 2021

Feb 6, 2021

Feb 23, 2021

Mar 8, 2021

Apr 17, 2021

Apr 27, 2021

May 11, 2021

June 12, 2021

June 22, 2021

July 6, 2021

July 17, 2021

July 27, 2021

Aug 10, 2021


If you find that your test results have been delayed the most obvious reason is that this pandemic has caused most economic and academic activities to come to an absolute standstill. But there isn’t much cause for worry as you will get your results.

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