The ACT features four compulsory sections -- English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science -- plus an optional writing section. On the ACT, you earn one point for every correct answer. There is no penalty for incorrect answers. When you receive your scores, you do not learn how many questions you got right. Instead, the ACT uses an internal formula to create a scaled score.

## Raw Score

At the end of each section, administrators tally the number of questions you answered correctly. This is called your raw score. For example, if you answer 53 questions correctly on the math section, your raw score is 53. This number is then converted to a scaled score. The ACT uses an internal process to adjust your raw score to a scaled score. It does this so you can compare your score to other students' scores, regardless of which version of the test they took or in what year. The scoring scale ranges from 1 to 36. You receive a score for each section, plus a composite score.

## Composite Score

In addition to your individual test scores, you receive a composite score. The ACT composite score is the average of your four individual test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. If you receive a 24 math, 28 English, 29 reading and 26 science, then your composite ACT score would be 26.75, which is rounded up to 27.