Last week, ACT announced that starting September 2018, it will provide free score reports for low-income students who register for the test and receive a fee waiver. Those students will have up to 20 free score reports available for each ACT exam they take.
Several hours after the announcement, the College Board said that it will follow suit and expand its free SAT score report program for that same population. Not to be outdone, the College Board’s policy will start in the spring. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of available SAT score reports a student may use.
An interesting twist to the story came about later in the week. ACT’s policy seems not to apply for students who take the test during a school day. Those students don’t use fee waivers because they test for free. Therefore, ACT does not know which students who take the school-day tests are from low-income families. ACT is looking into the situation.
The College Board has indicated that all low-income students will be able to receive the free score reports, regardless of whether they take the exam during the school day.
New freshmen applying to UW campuses are required to submit results of the ACT or SAT. You’ll find information about which of our UW campuses require official test score results by looking here. The requirement may be waived for older and/or nontraditional applicants, or for those who require special or unique exemptions.