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What changes are coming to the ACT? 

The ACT is introducing three major changes to the test, starting in September 2020:

  • ACT Section Retesting—Take a full ACT test once, then choose to retake the full test or retake one or more single-section subject tests (English, reading, math, science, and/or writing) to improve the ACT test scores. Learn how section retesting allows for a greater level of focus while more closely aligning to typical college exams. 

  • ACT Superscoring—ACT will calculate superscores—average scores from multiple test attempts—for all retests on the ACT score report. Learn how this shows proficiency in the subject area and how colleges will use the ACT Superscore in admissions decisions.  

  • Faster Results with Online Testing—Students can choose to take the ACT online to receive ACT test scores in as few as two business days. Learn how faster results gain critical time in the decision-making process. (Students can also choose to take the test on paper and receive results in 2-8 weeks.) 

SAT- Scholastic Aptitude Test- The SAT measures what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college.

ACT- American College Test- The ACT measures what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.

ACT Score Choice: If you have taken the ACT or ACT with writing more than once, a separate record for each test date is maintained. A score report will be sent only from the test date you request. More than one test date record can be sent to a college. However, you may not select test scores from different test dates to construct a new record; you must designate an entire test date record as it stands. The ACT does not create new records by combining scores from different test dates. For the ACT, you are charged a $13 fee for each test date you send (per test date per a report, even if you’re sending them to the same college), so making smart choices about which ones you want to send is important. For example, if you want to send two test dates to 10 schools, it means you'll be sending 20 separate reports, for a total fee of $260!

How to Delete a Test Score/ACT: Students own their test scores and may direct ACT to delete their scores for a particular test date from their records.  (Note: Students may not delete scores used to document participation in State and District Testing.)

To delete your scores for a particular test date, you must submit a written request. Provide ACT with your name and home address, and they will mail you a form to complete and return to them. The ACT will then permanently remove your record for that test date from their files. All scores from that test date will be deleted.

Write to:

ACT Institutional Services
P.O. Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243-0168

SAT Score Choice: With SAT Score Choice you choose which days test scores you send to colleges. You can send a single day's scores, or you can send scores of every SAT you have taken. However, you cannot send partial scores from different days. For example, you cannot send your Math score from one test and your Reading and Writing scores from another. Remember to check the policies of every college you are applying to because some schools require you to send every score. 

Sending SAT Scores: Before the test day, you can send four free score reports to colleges every time you register for the SAT. There is no fee for these scores. After test day you can still send four free score reports to colleges up to nine days after the test. After that, there is a fee of $12.00, but it is per order not per report. So if you are sending two test dates to ten schools it will cost you $120.00.

How to Delete a Test Score/SAT: If you feel you didn't do your best on the SAT you can cancel your scores, but you need to act quickly. Once a request to cancel scores has been submitted, scores cannot be reinstated or reported to you or any institutions.


Cancellation Deadline

You must cancel no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the Thursday after your test date. Students with disabilities might have a different deadline—see below.

Option 1: At the Test Center

1.     After the test, ask the test supervisor for a Request to Cancel Test Scores form.

2.     Complete and sign the form.

3.     Return the form to the test supervisor before leaving the center.

Option 2: After You Leave the Test Center

Your written, signed request must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the Thursday after the test date. Exception: Students with disabilities who test in school-based testing have until Monday one week after the published test date to cancel their scores, due to the extended school-testing window.

Download and Print the Form

Complete the SAT Request to Cancel Scores form (.pdf/92KB) or write your request. You must provide the following information to cancel your scores:

·         Test date

·         Test center number

·         Name of test you are canceling—either the SAT or SAT Subject Test(s)

·         Name, address, sex, birth date, and registration number

·         Signature (required or the cancellation will not be processed)

You can’t submit cancellation requests by phone or e-mail because your signature is required.

Send the form:

Choose one of these options: Fax 610-290-8978, or overnight delivery via US Postal Service Express Mail to: SAT Score Cancellation P.O. Box 6228 Princeton, NJ 08541-6228-

Other overnight mail service or courier (U.S. or international) mail to: SAT Score Cancellation-1425 Lower Ferry Road- Ewing, NJ 08618. The mailing or fax label should read: "Attention: SAT Score Cancellation".

Anytime you register for the SAT/ACT you automatically receive 4 free score reports. This means the agencies will send your scores to any four universities you choose free of charge. There’s a catch, however: you’ll have to send your scores before you know what they are. So should you send those scores? Based on my reading the consensus is too only send the free score reports to colleges that require all your SAT scores, or your safe schools (schools you feel pretty certain will admit you). If you’re not applying to any of these schools, don’t use the free reports. For schools that don’t require all scores, why risk sending low scores to the admissions committee if you don’t have to? You will also miss the opportunity to use score choice to pick which scores colleges see and which they do not see. For schools requiring all scores eventually, you might as well take the opportunity to send them for free.

For your information: You do not have to send deleted (nor can you) scores to colleges that want all your SAT/ACT scores. Your SAT/ACT scores are not reported on your transcript at Foran.

Test Optional- Admissions policy that allows an applicant to choose whether or not to submit SAT or ACT scores. Many test-optional schools require students who are not submitting test scores to meet additional requirements, including interviews, additional essays and teacher recommendations. The rules vary from college to college. You can usually find a college's rules on its website.

Test Flexible- Admissions policy that allows an applicant to submit a variety of standardized test scores in support of their application.

For example, NYU (test flexible) requires testing, but allows students to submit any of these test options:

·         ACT (writing test not required)

·         SAT (essay not required)

·         3 SAT subject test scores

·         3 AP exam scores

With the changes to the SAT, the SAT and ACT generally now test the same types of content. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions and merit-based scholarships. The biggest differences between the tests are that the ACT has a science test, and there’s one SAT math section for which you cannot use a calculator. Most colleges don't prefer one test over the other. 

Let’s compare the two:


Fee: $47.50 ($64.50 with optional essay) - Contains: Reading, Mathematics, Writing and Language, optional Essay- Accepted: All US colleges and Universities- Test Duration: 3 hours (+50 minutes optional essay)- Score: 400-1600- Calculator Policy: Some math questions do not allow you to use a calculator.

No Penalty for Guessing


Changes to the SAT

  • The SAT is now scored out of 1600.
  • The Reading and Writing sections on the old SAT have been combined into a single section in the new SAT, with a maximum score of 800. Writing is now known as "Writing and Language."
  • The Math section is still scored out of 800.
  • The Essay is optional and has changed. The prompts, which for students who have taken Advanced Placement English may seem familiar, ask for a critical response to a specific argument. For example: Read excerpts from a 1967 speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and explain how he used evidence, reasoning and/or stylistic elements to support his argument that American involvement in the Vietnam War was unjust.
  •  Instead of five answer choices for each question, there will be only four

No Penalty for Guessing- Give your best answer to every question there is no advantage to leaving any question blank.


 Fee: $50.50 ($67.00 with writing) - Contains: Reading, Mathematics, English, Science and optional Writing- Accepted: All US colleges and Universities- Test Duration: 2 hours and 55 minutes (+40 minutes optional writing)- Score: 1-36- Calculator Policy: You can use a calculator on all math questions.

No Penalty for Guessing


Historically, most colleges in the U.S. have expected students to submit their standardized test scores with their applications, which were typically used as one of many factors in the decision-making process. In recent years, however, many colleges have gotten away from test scores as part of the requirement for admission.

Adopting the test-optional policy can have big benefits for a school. Dropping the SAT/ACT requirement typically increases applications, which in theory allows schools to reject more applicants and allow the school to appear more selective. Also with low test scores out of the equation the schools average test score rises which can raise a schools rank.

Students whose test scores do not measure up to their academic performance also benefit from the test-optional/ test flexible policy. Admission officials are able to accept those who for a variety of reasons would not make the cut without a no-test option. But for those students whose profiles are solid but not stupendous, the omission of test scores may indeed be a liability. Also keep in mind if you decide to apply to a test flexible or test-optional school, that the rest of your application will now carry more weight. Your grades, the rigor of the courses you’ve taken, and the extracurricular activities you’ve been involved in will be examined more closely if you don’t submit test scores.

The possibility exists that if you apply to schools where your SAT/ACT is above the average admitted student score, you may raise your odds of admission because your score will raise the school's averages. Remember, colleges are also trying to maximize their score profiles. High scores may even mitigate the consequences of a low GPA.

Choosing whether or not to send your scores is a personal decision. Your counselor can help you make the right decision for your individual circumstances.  

How many times should you take the SAT/ACT? The SAT is given 7 times a year: March, May, June, August, October, November, and December. There are no restrictions on how often you can take the exam. However, only the most recent 6 scores will stay on file at a time. You are allowed to take the ACT up to 12 times in total.

Score Release Dates

Most SAT scores are released about two weeks after test day. June scores take longer, up to six weeks. Find out when scores will be released

If your scores are strong on your first attempt, then once is enough. If you think you can improve your scores with further study the standard recommendation is 2 and no more than 3 times. After the third attempt, your score is unlikely to go up drastically. Additionally, if you’re applying to schools that require all SAT scores, you need to be very careful each time you take the SAT because you will have to send any scores you get, even if they’re low. Always adhere to individual colleges’ policies when sending scores since the consequences—denial, revocation of an acceptance—can be dire. Finally, never take the SAT/ACT as practice you may have to send those scores. Make sure you study for any retake; the goal is to improve your score and be careful to study for all sections. Even if you are only trying to bring up one section you do not want the other sections to drop.

Should you take advantage of the 4 free score sends?

Send the Reports to Safety and "All Scores" Schools

The safest way to take advantage of the 4 free score reports is to use them for the colleges that require all scores. If your school is going to require that you send them all your scores any way you might as well take advantage of the opportunity to send them for free.

Yale is one of many schools that require your complete testing record to be sent.

Another smart way to take advantage of the 4 free score sends is by sending scores to your safety schools, even if your score is lower than expected, you’re likely not hurting your chances of admission. And even if your scores are lower than expected and they go to all scores schools, that would happen anyway, even if you didn't send the reports for free.

This way, you can save some money down the line when you’re applying to college without jeopardizing your chances of admission at competitive schools that accept Score Choice.

Your other option is to not utilize the free score send. 

 Don't Send Any Reports

This is the only way to be sure you won't accidentally send poor SAT scores to a college you're interested in.  You’re the only one who will see your scores until you decide if you wish to send them. If you need to retake it, you can retake it. You don’t have to stress about a college seeing your scores immediately.

While you may end up paying more for score reports down the road, you will only be sending the scores you want to send to the colleges you want to apply to. By keeping your college application list manageable, you can save money on score reports and application fees.


Starting when SAT registration for the 2018-2019 school year opens in April, students who take the SAT or the SAT Subject Tests with a fee waiver will be able to send their official score reports to as many institutions as they want—for free (currently, students eligible for an SAT Fee Waiver can send up to four score reports for free, in addition to the four free score sends they receive with registration—for eight total). This applies to all income-eligible students who take the SAT, whether they take it during a weekend national administration or through a School Day administration.

We will also continue our longstanding partnership with higher education to provide college application fee waivers so that the entire application process will be free for low-income students. And starting in fall 2018, CSS Profile will also allow an unlimited number of CSS Profile applications for first-time, domestic college applicants who take the SAT with a fee waiver or meet income-eligibility criteria. 

This new policy means that low-income students can take the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests, apply to college, send their scores, and apply for financial aid for as many colleges as they choose, all for free.

You’re eligible for fee waivers if you say “yes” to any of these items:

  • You’re enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You’re enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan

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Starting back in September of 2018, students from low-income families who take the ACT with fee waivers will be allowed to send ACT score reports for free to colleges and/or scholarship agencies at any time during their college search process. 

Currently, students may elect to send their scores to up to four colleges or scholarship agencies for free during the registration process and up to five days after they take the test. After that point, the fee for each additional score report they send is $13. 

ACT’s new policy will waive that fee for students who register for the test with a fee waiver. The free score reports—up to 20 for each test students take with a fee waiver—will never expire, so students may use them whenever they wish.

To be eligible for a fee waiver, a student must meet one or more indicators of economic need, such as being enrolled in a free or reduced-price lunch program. Eligible students may receive fee waivers for up to two ACT tests. Students may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor.

You are eligible for a fee waiver if:

·         Be enrolled in high school (11th or 12th grade)

·         Be a U.S. citizen or an international student testing in the US, US territories, or Puerto Rico

·         Meet one or more of the indicators of economic need listed below: 

  • You’re enrolled in a federal free or reduced-price lunch program at school, based on USDA income levels (see table below)
  • You’re enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (for example, a federally funded program such as GEAR UP or Upward Bound)
  • You reside in a foster home, are a ward of the state, or are homeless
  • Your family receives low-income public assistance or lives in federally subsidized public housing
  • Your family’s total annual income is at or below the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) levels for free or reduced-price lunches.