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Does ACT find out about retakes?

liz1628liz1628 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
Okay, say if you take the ACT several times (like 3-4), and you only send one or two scores, do colleges find out how many times you've taken it?

I heard that the ACT is different from the SAT because the SAT sends absolutely every score from every SAT that you've taken.

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Replies to: Does ACT find out about retakes?

  • goblue10nisgoblue10nis Registered User Posts: 584 Member
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471 Senior Member
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,470 Senior Member
    Depends on your high school. Many put all your test scores on your official high school transcript, so college can still become aware of scores and number of times you took test even though you order only one sent by ACT.
  • prefectprefect Registered User Posts: 1,281 Senior Member
    But there is the option of not putting your high school down when you register for the ACT
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,470 Senior Member
    The application requests but does not require putting your high school and if you do not provide it, the school will get your scores. Most just automatically fill in the info. Also, in certain states, particularly Colorado and Illinois, all students take the ACT in junior year as part of required testing and there is no real way to avoid having your high school info provided for the apps used for those required tests which actually occur on special testing dates for those states.
  • prefectprefect Registered User Posts: 1,281 Senior Member
    drusba, did you mean if you do not provide it the school will NOT get your scores?
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,470 Senior Member
    That is correct. The testing agency can send to your high school only if it knows where to send it from info provided, and if the high school does not receive your score it cannot put on your transcript. But, as in Illinois and Colo, that required ACT test is done through the high schools' submitting apps and, of course, high school info. Note, this is generally academic. Colleges rely on that test with the highest score and thus it really is not something to be overly concerned about.
  • imdamomimdamom Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    tokenadult and others are probably right about the visibility of retakes not mattering, but since you asked... there are a couple of cases where ACT retakes would be visible.
    One is where a college app asks you to self-report all SAT and ACT attempts and scores.
    Secondly, there are a couple of threads on the U Florida boards that indicate that UF has access to *all* ACT and SAT scores (see http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=396494) so it is possible that other schools have arrangements like this as well.
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