Changes coming to ACT test in 2020

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Students could have a better chance at getting a high score on their college entrance exam with the revamped ACT test being unveiled this fall. 

The ACT is one of two national tests many colleges use to judge students’ readiness for college. It considers four subject areas: English, math, reading and science, plus an optional writing test. The other test is the SAT, run by the College Board. The two tests both require most students to pay a fee, among other similarities, and most selective colleges will take results from either assessment.

Starting in September, the ACT is rolling out a number of changes to the test. Most notably, students will be able to retake specific subject areas of the ACT where they did poorly. It used to be that if a student was weak in specific sections and wanted to improve, they needed to retake the entire test. 

Students must have taken the test in full at least once before they can retake individual sections. The test can also now be taken digitally at a testing center when it's administered nationally. That means test-takers will get their results more quickly, ACT officials say. 

The ACT will also provide students additional score report options to colleges based on superscoring. Superscoring is a trend that more colleges and universities have adopted in recent years. It allows students to submit multiple score reports. Colleges then average the highest section scores together into a new composite score.