Differences among raw - scale - percentile in ACT

ssat.vn – International certificates such as SAT or ACT often confuse students with the calculation of test scores because it will differ from the method of calculating scores at school. One of the most confusing things about the scoring system for many students is differences among raw – scale – percentile in ACT.

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Why should we know differences among raw – scale – percentile in ACT?

Similar to SAT, ACT is a standardized test used by US universities to evaluate and select suitable students. A standard ACT test will have 4 compulsory sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science) and an optional section (Writing).

One of the most important things students often care about is ACT score calculation. The way to calculate ACT score easily makes students confuse with the concepts “raw score”, “scale score” and “percentile”. Although ACT allows test-takers to take the test multiple times, not to spend a lot of time and effort, you should fulfill yourself with knowledge for the exam content and information related to the exam for the beginning time.

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How to distinguish the differences among raw – scale – percentile in ACT?

  • Raw score: The raw score for each ACT section is simply the number of correct answers. For example, you have 40 multiple choice questions in Reading section, the highest raw score will be 40. If you answered 40 questions correctly, your raw score will be 40. In case you answered only 21 out of 40 correctly, your raw score will be 21 points.
  • Scaled score: Your total raw score will be converted into a scale score on the 1-36 scale based on the Scale Score Conversion Table. This table will be updated for every ACT test date to ensure each test is standardized and account for differences in content difficulty. Here is the below sample table you can consider:
Scale Score English Math Reading Science
36 74-75 59-60 40 40
35 71-73 57-58 38-39
34 70 55-56 37 39
33 69 54 36 38
32 68 53 34-35
31 67 51-52 33 37
30 66 49-50 32 36
29 64-65 47-48 31
28 63 45-46 30 35
27 61-62 42-44 34
26 59-60 39-41 29 32-33
25 56-58 37-38 28 31
24 53-55 34-36 26-27 29-30
23 50-52 32-33 25 26-28
22 47-49 31 23-24 24-25
21 44-46 29-30 22 22-23
20 41-43 27-28 20-21 20-21
19 39-40 25-26 19 18-19
18 37-38 22-24 18 17
17 35-36 19-21 16-17 15-16
16 32-34 16-18 15 14
15 29-31 13-15 14 13
14 26-28 10-12 12-13 11-12
13 24-25 8-9 11 10
12 22-23 7 10 9
11 19-21 5-6 8-9 8
10 16-18 4 7 7
9 13-15 6 6
8 11-12 3 5 5
7 9-10 4
6 7-8 2 4 3
5 6 3
4 4-5 1 2 2
3 3 1
2 2 1
1 0-1 0 0 0

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  • Percentile: In order to know whether your score is high, low, or equal to how many test-takers, “Percentile” will help you determine. ACT Percentile will provide the percentile ranking for your composite score and your four sections. ACT score percentile is not like a grade out of 100 but it is a comparison between you and other test-takers. For example, if you are in the 70th percentile, it means that you scored the same as or higher than 70% of test-takers. For notes, your score is 17, only 3 points can get your score percentile from 35 to 53, the greatest difference will help you raise your chance to get into the university or college which you desire.

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Once you have understood the differences among raw – scale – percentile in ACT, you can plan and take the test scientifically and effectively. Plan how many points your goal will be and take time to get to that score closer (or even higher than your expectation), so you will be more focused and determined to achieve what you want.

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