Updated: Jun 24, 2020
ACT has adopted 4 significant changes to their testing.
1. Single Section retesting. Beginning in September 2020, students who have taken a full ACT can subsequently take 1, 2, or 3 subject area tests. Advantage - This is a huge change for a test where fatigue and time constraints effect scores. The key is the student must take a full ACT before they can implement this modification.
From ACT.org- That’s right, once you have taken the full ACT, you will be able to retake just one (or two or three) section(s) at a time! This will allow you to showcase the skills and accomplishments gained over time, not only your test-taking abilities on one particular day.
2. Subject area tests will be superscored into prior ACT Composite.
From ACT.org- Superscoring is the process of averaging your four best individual subject scores from all ACT test attempts to find a new score… a superscore. If you have taken the full ACT more than once or participated in section retests, you can directly submit your ACT superscore to colleges and universities, which will better reflect your knowledge and achievements.
3. Faster Results with Online Testing. Results reported within 2 -3 days. Paper testing results take 2-8 weeks for the full score report. Advantage - Faster results that are needed for college applications. Disadavantage - Testing on the computer is different than testing on paper. Make sure you practice online. Modifying college reports for free must be completed within 24 hours of testing. i.e., if you feel you did well, go home and add schools to your list. Submitting scores outside of the free 4 costs $13 each (schools 5 and 6 are $13 together if added prior to testing.)
From ACT.org - You will be able to choose between online testing and traditional paper testing on national test days in test centers across the country. In addition, if you choose online testing, you will get scores back in as soon as two days, which means you will be able to make more informed decisions about your future, faster.
4. Fee Waivers. Students 4 rather than the previous 2.