What Are the Score Ranges for the ACT? Find the Score Scale and Percentiles

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The scale score range for each of the multiple-choice tests is 1 - 36, and the average of these four scores makes up the composite score (rounded to the nearest whole number) . Your writing will be scored on a scale of 1 - 6 by two reviewers, and then those scores will be combined to give your total writing score (anywhere from 2 - 12) . You will also get a STEM score that provides a composite of your science and math scores, and an ELA score that is made up of your scores from the English and reading (and writing, if applicable) sections.

The Scale Score Range for Each of the Multiple-Choice Tests is 1 - 36
EnglishReadingScienceMathWriting
Composite score (scale score average)
STEM score
ELA score (writing optional)

Composite score and each test score (English, mathematics, reading, science) range from 1 (low) to 36 (high) . The Composite score is the average of your four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. Fractions less than one-half are rounded down; fractions one-half or more are rounded up. The scale score range for each of the multiple-choice tests is 1 - 36, and the average of these four scores makes up the composite score (rounded to the nearest whole number) . Your writing will be scored on a scale of 1 - 6 by two reviewers, and then those scores will be combined to give your total writing score (anywhere from 2 - 12) . You will also get a STEM score that provides a composite of your science and math scores, and an ELA score that is made up of your scores from the English and reading (and writing, if applicable) sections.

The Scale Score Range for Each of the Multiple-Choice Tests is 1 - 36
EnglishReadingScienceMathWriting
Composite score (scale score average)
STEM score
ELA score (writing optional)

The following chart shows, for each ACT score from 11 to 36, the corresponding ACT percentile and equivalent total SAT score or score range. (Concordance data for ACT scores less than 11 is not yet available for the current version of the SAT.) Note that ACT percentiles are defined as the percentage of test takers scoring at or below the given score.

Table Supporting: What Are the Score Ranges for the ACT? Find the Score Scale and Percentiles
SAT combined score (Math + Reading/Writing)ACT composite scoreThe percentile of students at or below this score for the ACT (not SAT)
160036100 %
1560 – 15903599.9 %
1520 – 15503499 %
1490 – 15103398 %
1450 – 14803297 %
1420 – 14403196 %
1390 – 14103094 %
1350 – 13802992 %
1310 – 13402889 %
1280 – 13002786 %
1240 – 12702682 %
1200 – 12302578 %
1160 – 11902474 %
1130 – 11502369 %
1100 – 11202263 %
1060 – 10902157 %
1020 – 10502051 %
980 – 10101944 %
940 – 9701838 %
900 – 9301731 %
860 – 8901625 %
810 – 8501519 %
760 – 8001413 %
720 – 750138 %
630 – 710124 %
560 – 620111 %

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