How to Get Old ACT Scores

Meta: If it’s been a few years since you took your ACT, you can still obtain your old ACT scores. Here’s how you do it.

So, you’re looking for your old ACT scores? That’s easy enough to do.

There are plenty of good reasons why you’d want to do this. Perhaps you took a gap year after you’ve graduated from high school. This gap year idea is popular in the UK, but more students in the US are considering it.

It’s even possible that you’re applying for a job, and your potential employer wants to see your ACT score.

Or maybe you just forgot, and you want to find out. Regardless of the reason you want your old ACT scores, here’s how you get them.

Pre-2008

Your scores aren’t available online if you took your ACT during the spring of 2008 (or earlier).

To get those scores, you have to call the ACT offices at 319-337-1313. Hopefully you get through, since the ACT offices tend to be inundated with calls during the odd pandemic periods. But if you do get through, you can ask for the information.

You will need to provide the following info:

  • Your full name (as in, the name you used when you registered for the ACT when you took the test)
  • Your test date, or at least the year you took the ACT
  • Your home address (meaning, your home address when you registered)
  • Your birth date (day, month, year)

The ACT has archived all the ACT scores from October of 1966 to August of 2016. That means your scores have been recorded in a microfiche, and been placed in the ACT storage rooms. If you’ve taken the test before 2008, they’ll send you a paper copy.

But if you’ve taken your ACT after the spring of 2008, you may be able to get your scores online.

Going Online

To get your scores online (if you took the test after the spring of 2008), you only have to log into your ACT account. You certainly have an ACT account if you registered online when you took the ACT.

If for some reason you don’t have an online account, you can just open an account. Go to the ACT registration page, and pick one of the appropriate sign-in options.

To complete the registration, you need:

  • Your full name (the name you used when you took the test)
  • Your home address (meaning, your home address when you took the test)
  • Your ACT ID number

You can find your student number on your old admissions ticket. Check the bottom part, where you’ll see the 8-digit number following a dash. It will look something like this: -12345678. You’ll need this old number because it’s what’s needed to find your old ACT scores. If you just get a new ACT ID number, you won’t be able to access those old scores.

Now if you can’t find your old ACT ID number, call the ACT at 319-337-1313. Provide the usual info:

  • Your full name (as in, the name you used when you registered for the ACT when you took the test)
  • Your test date, or at least the year you took the ACT
  • Your home address (meaning, your home address when you registered)
  • Your birth date (day, month, year)

Ask them for your ACT ID number, and then you’ll get it. Once you have this ACT ID number, you can then get your old ACT scores.

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