When Do ACT Scores Come Out?

Are you curious to know when your ACT scores come out? Learn more about ACT score release date schedules for the U.S and non-U.S students for 2020-2022.

Updated by TCM Staff on 17th December 2020

After appearing for the ACT, students have this recurring question "When do I get my scores?"

Well, the ACT scores mostly come out 10 days after the test date at the earliest. However, in some cases, it may take 6 to 7 weeks after the test date. If you take the ACT with writing, then you will have to 2 weeks after you receive your multiple-choice score.

It is also important that you know about the ACT Test Dates.

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If you’re taking the ACT test outside of the US, then you should obviously wait for some more time, it may take 3-4 weeks for your multiple-choice scores and if it is the ACT with writing then it will take probably around 6 weeks to receive your scores. In some cases, it may get delayed. But all of them should be out within a maximum of eight weeks of the test date.

If you took the ACT test outside the US, then you will have to wait for around three months at most.

ACT Score Release Dates

The maximum possible duration can be up to 2-3 months of the test dates depending on whether the student took the ACT test inside or outside the US respective of the year of participation.

The following table shows the exact dates on which the ACT scores get released.

ACT Scores Release Dates For The US Students And Non-US students (Updated 2020-2022)

The ACT test dates and score release dates for the US students and non-US students differ. To make it easier for you, the ACT test dates, deadlines, and ACT score release dates are tabulated below for both the US students and non-US students.

ACT Scores Release Dates (the U.S. for 2020-2022)

Test Date


ACT Score Release

 (Multiple choices)

ACT Score Release (Essay)

Feb 8, 2020 

Jan 10, 2020

Feb 25, 2020

Mar 10, 2020

Apr 4, 2020

Feb 28, 2020

Apr 14, 2020

Apr 28, 2020

June 13, 2020

May 8, 2020

June 23, 2020

July 7, 2020

July 18, 2020

Ju19, 2020

July 28, 2020

Aug 11, 2020

Sept 12, 2020

Aug 7, 2020

Sept 22, 2020

Oct 6, 2020

Oct 24, 2020

Sept 20, 2020

Nov 3, 2020

Oct 6, 2020

Dec 12, 2020

Nov 6, 2020

Dec 22, 2020

Jan 5, 2021

Feb 6, 2021

Jan 8, 2021

Feb 16, 2021

Mar 1, 2021

Apr 10, 2021

Mar 5, 2021

Apr 20, 2021

May 4, 2021

June 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

June 22, 2021

July 6, 2021

July 17, 2021

June 11, 2021

July 27, 2021

Aug 10, 2021

Sept 11, 2021

Aug 6, 2021

Sept 21, 2021

Oct 5, 2021

Oct 23, 2021

Sept 19, 2021

Nov 2, 2021

Nov 16, 2021

Dec 11, 2021

Nov 5, 2021

Dec 21, 2021

Jan 4, 2022

Feb 5, 2022

Jan 7, 2022

Feb 15, 2022

Feb 28, 2022

Apr 9,2022 

Mar 4, 2022

Apr 19, 2022

May 3, 2022

June 11, 2022

May 6, 2022

June 21, 2022

July 5, 2022

July 16, 2022

June 10, 2022

July 26, 2022

Aug 9, 2022

ACT Score Release Dates for 2020 (International)

Now, let's further check out the ACT score release dates for the Year 2020 (International). The table below shows the ACT test dates and ACT score release dates outside of the U.S. 

Test Dates
Deadline ACT Score Release
(Multiple choices)
Feb 7-8, 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Feb 12, 2020
Apr 3-4, 2020 Mar 13, 2020 Apr 8, 2020
Jun 12-13, 2020 May 22, 2020 June 17, 2020
Sept 12-13, 2020 Aug 31, 2020 Sept 28 – Nov 6
Sept 19, 2020 Aug 31, 2020 Oct 5 – Nov 13
Oct 10, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Oct 20-Nov 27, 2020
Oct 17, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Oct 27-Dec 4, 2020
Oct 24, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Nov 10-Dec 31, 2020
Oct 25, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 Nov 11-Jan 2, 2020
Dec 12, 2020 Nov 6, 2020 Dec 22, 2020-Feb 5, 2021
Feb 6, 2021 Jan 8, 2021 Feb 16-Apr 1, 2021
Apr 17, 2021 Mar 12, 2021 Apr 27-May 7, 2021
Jun 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 Jun 22-Aug 9, 2021
Jul 17, 2021 Jun 18, 2021 Jul 27-Sept 3, 2021

In the table above, 2020 ACT test dates, deadlines, and the score release dates have been confirmed by the ACT.org, all the other future dates are expected timetable and projection by ACT guides throughout the world.

Also, Read ACT Test Dates 

What time does the ACT scores come out?

ACT scores are released once a day ( in batches ) at 12 am Central Time (11 pm Mountain Time, 10 pm Pacific Time, and 1 am Eastern Time).

When do schools receive your ACT scores?

Schools typically receive ACT scores after a week from the requested date. Colleges receive ACT scores once every two weeks. Some colleges, however, can obtain scores more frequently. 

The provision for priority report reduces the score process time to two working days post request. The ACT scores are available to the schools in 3-4 business days ( after processing your request).

Note- ACT,Inc. cannot announce results until the entire (for the individual) test has been scored.

What causes the delay of the ACT Score release?

Most of the student’s scores are available online, or you get your scores in other forms as well, which is also mentioned in this article. 

But in case if it took more time than expected for you to get the scores, then it may be due to the following factors:

  • When you failed to provide sufficient information or inaccurate information in the test form compared to the information provided in the registration form.

  • If the answer documents are delivered late to testing headquarters from the test centers.

  • Your scores may be withheld when you owe the registration fees.

  • When the testing headquarters detects some sort of irregularity with the test scores reported at your test center (if the student scores an unusual range of points, they might check the possibility of cheating in the test).

  • When your scoring accuracy is not cleared due to randomness in your test.

How to Get Your ACT Scores

Another recurring question is “How Do I Get My ACT Scores?”, well here are the steps through which you can get your ACT scores.

Step 1 - Log on to your ACT account.

Step 2 - Click on “your Test Dates and Scores” in the left column on the ACT Student homepage.

Step 3 - Select the date of the test you took the test form the table shown, and click on “view your scores”.

Step 4 - For verification, you will have to enter your password once again, then you will see your composite ACT score (out of 36) followed by the section areas and subscores.

Step 5 - Then click on the “Download student report pdf”, which will redirect you to the page where you can download the score report.

Step 6 - You can keep the pdf file or you can take hardcopy format by taking a printout in a desktop format.


Students/applicants need to stay updated on the ACT score release dates and check from time to time. This allows smoother and hassle-free college applications.

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