How universities use ACT test scores

Taking the ACT® test is about more than finding a path to university. It can help improve your university experience, including academic planning, and even helping to finance your studies.

Higher education institutions consider your ACT scores to help predict class profiles and overall academic success, and to address other factors needed during admissions and enrollments. These factors include:

Admissions decisions. ACT test scores are used alongside your high school grades, accomplishments outside of class, and future plans to help admissions officials identify which applicants will thrive at the university.

Course placement. Universities consider your individual strengths and academic challenges when placing students in first-year courses. For example, many universities offer courses with levels of difficulty that range from developmental to advanced. Your ACT results can be used to determine which course level is the best fit for your needs.

Academic advising. University advisors consider ACT scores, your grades, and other factors listed above to tailor an appropriate program of study for you.

Scholarships and loans. Some scholarship and loan agencies use results from your ACT score report to identify qualified candidates. However, these agencies may not look at academic potential alone. The ACT score report provides information about a student’s academic needs, extracurricular achievements, and educational plans. This information, along with high school grades and test scores, helps the agencies evaluate applications for scholarships, loans, and other financial assistance.

This is why it’s important to prepare and do your best on ACT test day. Getting the right ACT scores can not only get you in the door but have your best first-year experience at university!