This ACT raw score conversion chart converts your ACT raw score into a scale score for each section of the ACT. Find out what score you would get on the ACT for each section of the ACT.

ACT scoring is not a very simple process. There are raw scores, scale scores, a composite score, and percentiles. It can be difficult to figure out what all of these numbers mean, but have no fear! This article is designed to help you sort through these elements of ACT scoring.

ACT Score Chart: Comparing ACT Raw Score, ACT Scale Score, and ACT Percentile

Note: This is a sample ACT score chart from one ACT test. The ACT score chart will look slightly different for each ACT test.


English
Raw Score
Mathematics
Raw Score
Reading
Raw Score
Science
Raw Score
Scale Score Percentile
75 60 40 40 36 99
73-74 59 39 39 35 99
71-72 58 38 34 99
70 56-57 37 38 33 99
69 55 36 37 32 98
67-68 54 35 31 97
66 52-53 34 36 30 95
65 50-51 32-33 35 29 93
63-64 48-49 31 33-34 28 90
62 45-47 30 32 27 87
60-61 42-44 29 30-31 26 83
58-59 40-41 27-28 28-29 25 79
56-57 37-39 26 26-27 24 74
54-55 35-36 24-25 25 23 68
52-53 33-34 23 23-24 22 62
49-51 31-32 22 21-22 21 (average) 55
46-48 29-30 20-21 19-20 20 49
43-45 26-28 19 18 19 42
41-42 24-25 18 16-17 18 35
39-40 21-23 16-17 15 17 28
36-38 17-20 15 14 16 22
33-35 14-16 14 13 15 17
30-32 11-13 12-13 12 14 11
28-29 9-10 11 11 13 7
26-27 7-8 9-10 10 12 3
24-25 6 8 9 11 1
22-23 5 6-7 7-8 10 1
20-21 4 6 9 1
17-19 3 5 5 8 1
14-16 4 4 7 1
11-13 2 3 3 6 1
8-10 5 1
6-7 1 2 2 4 1
4-5 1 3 1
3 1 2 1
0-2 0 0 0 1 1

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ACT Score Chart: What is a Raw Score?

The raw score refers to how many questions you get correct on a particular section of the ACT. This is basically the way that grading normally works in high school—there is a one-to-one correlation between number of questions correct and raw score.

  • For the ACT English test, the raw score is the total number of questions correct out of 75 questions.
  • For the ACT Math Test, the raw score is the total number of questions correct out of 60 questions.
  • For the ACT Reading Test, the raw score is the total number of questions correct out of 40 questions.
  • For the ACT Science Test, the raw score is the total number of questions correct out of 40 questions.

The tricky part of ACT scoring is that your raw scores do not translate into a percentage or a grade, but rather into scale scores for each of the ACT sections.

ACT Score Chart: What is a Scale Score?

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The scale score refers to the ACT score that each raw score corresponds to. ACT scale scores range from 1 to 36. However, the conversion from raw score to scale score is not very intuitive. Generally speaking:

  • Getting 90% of the questions correct corresponds to a score of 31.
  • Getting 75% of the questions correct corresponds to a score of 26.
  • Getting 63% of the questions correct corresponds to a score of 23.
  • Getting 53% of the questions correct corresponds to a score of 20.
  • Getting 43% of the questions correct corresponds to a score of 17.

The interesting thing about ACT scale scores is that a score of 23 is considered a relatively good ACT score, and you can score a 23 by answering just 63% of the questions correct! However, in high school, a 63% is not a good grade.

The reason for this discrepancy is that the standards for the ACT are completely different from the standards for high school. You can actually be proud of yourself for getting a “D” on the ACT!

ACT Score Chart: What is a Composite Score?

An ACT composite score is simply the average of the four scale scores (English, Math, Reading, and Science).

For example, in the example above, the average of the four scale scores is (20 + 17 + 20 + 16) / 4 = 18.25. The ACT rounds to the nearest whole number, so this would result in a composite ACT score of 18.

ACT Score Chart: What is ACT Percentile?

The ACT percentile means that this ACT score is equal to or better than that percentage of students. For example, being in the 80th percentile means that your ACT score is equal to or better than 80% of students who took the ACT. Generally speaking, here is a breakdown of how ACT scores correspond to percentiles.

  • An ACT score of 31 is in the 97th percentile of all students.
  • An ACT score of 26 is in the 83rd percentile of all students.
  • An ACT score of 23 is in the 68th percentile of all students.
  • An ACT score of 20 is in the 49th percentile of all students.
  • An ACT score of 17 is in the 28th percentile of all students.

Again, getting a score of 23 on the ACT and being in the 68th percentile of all students is considered a relatively good position to be in for the college admissions process.