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Deleting ACT Scores

You may have heard the conventional wisdom “Don’t take the SAT or ACT more than three times.”  That was then.

This is now: Not only can you pick and choose which ACT test dates to report, but you can even delete ACT scores from a student’s academic record.  For this reason, there is no downside to taking the test multiple times, only the upside of scoring higher even if only on one section.

Differences between SAT and ACT score reporting:




$13 per school and per test date (for instance, sending two test dates to one school would cost $26)

$11.25 per school (the school will receive scores from all the test dates you choose to send)


Yes, you can pick and choose which test dates you want to send Yes, but Collegeboard displays when a college requires you to send all scores
Deleting Scores Yes


Because the ACT charges per test date, there is less expectation that students will report all of their scores, and the ACT website is not even set up to easily facilitate sending all of a student’s test date scores to colleges.  Assuming, however, that a student will abide by a university’s wish to see all scores, the student still has the option of deleting ACT scores prior to the score reporting step of the process.  Once deleted, a student can fully comply with the policy of sending all scores – even the student could not access a deleted score if they wanted to do so.

With no restriction on the number of times students can take the test, they are free to keep practicing and further increasing their scores.  At the extreme, some students have taken the test 6 times.  And have gone up 10 or more points.

Yet, the benefit to deleting ACT scores extends even beyond showing colleges a student’s best scores and continuing to increase students’ scores.  Knowing about this option also helps students relax on test day, which in turn typically helps them perform better.  When they know that their whole future is not riding on this test and that if they mess up that no one ever needs to see it, they are better able to approach the test with a clear head.

Thus, even if a student never uses the option to delete scores, it is comforting to know it’s there.


Here is how, according to the ACT website, to delete scores:

Students own their test scores and may direct ACT to delete their scores for a particular test date from our 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 us with your name and home address, and we will mail you a form to complete and return to us. We will then permanently remove your record for that test date from our files. All scores from that test date will be deleted.

Write to:

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


We also called the ACT (they are really nice on the phone), and the representative told me to include the following in the letter to delete scores:

  • Student’s Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Test dates that they want permanently deleted




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