ACT FAQs

ACT Dates for 2022-2023
  • June 11th, 2022
  • July 16th, 2022

2022-2023 School year

  • September 10th, 2022
  • October 22nd, 2022
  • December 10th, 2022
  • February 11th, 2023
  • April 15th, 2023
  • June 10th, 2023
  • July 15th, 2023
What are the benefits of working towards the highest possible score?
  • College Entrance – higher scores open many more doors
  • Scholarships – every point counts. The higher the score, the higher the scholarship. ACT scores are directly tied to scholarships as well as awards.
  • A score of 31 or higher automatically earns a Missouri resident a $3,000.00 “Bright Flight” scholarship to all Missouri colleges and universities.
  • Keeps students out of remedial English and math classes in college. Scores below 18 in English and 21 in math require students to take them. The remedial classes cost the same as regular classes but offer no credits.
What colleges and universities accept the ACT?
 

  • All accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT.
How is the ACT test structured?

Multiple choice standardized test questions

  • Four sections: English (45 min), Math (60 min) Reading (35min), and Science (35min)
  • Scored on a scale of 1-36; 21 is the approximate state and national average.
  • Offered six times each year: September, October, December, February, April, and June. For a charge, students can order copies of their graded December, April, and June ACT tests.  This year, in response to the CORONA VIRUS cancellations, the ACT is offering additional test  dates in September (12, 13, 19) and October (10, 17, 24, 25)
What is the ACT optional writing section?
  • Measures a student’s reasoning and writing skills
  • The test is scored on a scale of 8-36 based on 4 domain scores, each having a scale of 2-12. Writing score is not included in the composite score but yields two additional scores: a Writing Score and a Composite English/Writing Score.
What is the ACT Super Score some colleges and universities are now using?
  • The Super Score is obtained by computing the highest subject score a student earns on all prior ACT tests in English, Reading, Math, and Science.
  • Super scores help both students and universities raise composite scores.

Example: a student who has scored an 18, 21, and 24 on three Math ACT tests will receive a 24 on the math super score.

Does the ACT offer accommodations?
  • ACT provides accommodations, including extra time, for students with IEPS and 504 Plans.
  • Request for accommodations must be made by the school counselor at least 6 weeks before the test.
What is the minimum ACT score required for the University of Missouri?
  • Minimum ACT score for entry to the University of Missouri is a 21.
  • Average ACT score at the University of Missouri is a 25.

Minimum ACT scores for University of Missouri Scholarships

Award ACT          Score     Other criteria Application Scholarship Amount
Excellent Award 27-36 G.P.A. dependent upon score Automatic $3000
Curator’s Award 28 G.P.A. dependent upon score Automatic $4500
Chancellor’s Award 31 G.P.A. dependent upon score Automatic $6500
Quadrangle Award 30 Homeschooled or non-accredited high school Automatic $2000
Mizzou Scholars Award 33 Excellent high school record Apply by Dec 1 with resume and essay $10000
Diversity Award Minority Scholarship Apply by Dec 1 $15000 with additional $7000 possible for study abroad

 

20 Highest Ranked Colleges as of 2020
Ranking University ACT Score
25th/75th percentile
1 Princeton 32-35
2 Harvard 33-35
3 Yale 33-35
4 (tied) Columbia 33-34
4 (tied) Stanford 31-34
4 (tied) University of Chicago 34-35
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 34-36
8 Duke 34-35
9 University of Pennsylvania 33-35
10 (tied) California Institute of Technology 35-36
10 (tied) Johns Hopkins 34-36
12 (tied) Dartmouth College 32-35
12 (tied) Northwestern University 33-35
14 Brown University 33-35
15 (tied) Cornell University 32-35
15 (tied) Vanderbilt University 33-35
15 (tied) Washington University 33-35
18 (tied) Rice University 34-36
18 (tied) University of Notre Dame 32-35
20 Emory University 31-35

 

ACT scores for direct admission to competitive programs at the University of Missouri
Program ACT Composite ACT Math
Journalism 29
Nursing Scholars 31
Honors College 31
Bioengineering 32 32
Computer Science 32 32
Chemical Engineering 32 32
Civil and Environmental Engineering 32 32
Electrical and Computer Engineering 32 32
Mechanical and Aerospace 32 32
Industrial and Manufacturing Systems 32

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Typical ACT Scores for Missouri Colleges and Universities
School ACT Scores
Columbia College 20
Central Methodist University 18-23
Drury University 21-29
Missouri University of Science & Technology 26-31
Missouri State University 21-27
Rockhurst University 20-27
St.Louis University 25-31
Stephens College 20-24
University of Missouri 23-29
University of Missouri-Kansas City 20-28
UMKC_BA/MD Program 32
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