How universities use ACT test scores

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

Higher education institutions consider 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 students’ 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 students’ 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. ACT results can be used to determine which course level is the best fit for students’ needs.

Academic advising. University advisors consider ACT scores, grades, and other factors listed above to tailor a student’s appropriate program of study.

Scholarships and loans. Some scholarship and loan agencies use results from the 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 for students to prepare and do their best on ACT test day. Getting the right ACT scores can not only get them in the door but have your their first-year experience at university!