FAQ Regarding ACT/SAT Scores

If you have questions about ACT or SAT scores, you’re definitely not the only one. So let’s get some of those questions answered!

Here at Illinois, we have two deadlines this year: the Early Action Filing Period is from August 24 to November 1, and the Application Filing Period is from August 24 to December 1. Early Action is non-binding, and it means you may be given the best chance of being admitted to academic programs with limited space and special attention for admission to honors programs and for merit awards.

We must have your application, application fee or fee waiver, and your ACT or SAT scores (ACT code 1154 or SAT/TOEFL code 1836) on file on or before November 1 in order for your application to receive the benefits of Early Action. Therefore, you should request your test scores from the testing agency (ACT for ACT or College Board for SAT) no later than October 5. Tests taken after October 5 will most likely not arrive in time to be considered for Early Action.

Something important to note is that once you’ve been awarded Early Action status, you’ll maintain that status even if you submit additional test scores after the November 1 deadline. However, if you don’t send any test scores until after the November 1 deadline, you likely won’t be considered for the Early Action Filing Period. Nonetheless, you’ll receive full consideration during the Application Filing Period.

It is important to monitor your application status through your myIlini account in order to ensure that we’ve received your application, application fee, and test scores. However, if you’ve recently sent your test scores to our office, please allow at least 10 business days for processing time. After we have processed your application, application fee or fee waiver, and test scores, we will update your status.

If you feel as though it’s been awhile since you sent your test scores and your myIllini account is saying that we don’t have them yet, it’s a good idea to contact the testing agency first. You should confirm that your results were sent to the correct institution, that your name was spelled correctly, and that your date of birth matches what you have listed on your application. If you find out that any of these don’t match what we have here at Illinois, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

We do not subscribe to the Rush service delivery method. Test scores will not arrive any sooner if you select this option, so please do not request that your test scores be sent this way.

While we do not superscore, it is in your best interest to send all of your test scores. We will look at the highest composite and highest sub-scores regardless of the date they were taken. For example, if you apply to the College of Engineering, the review committee will be focusing on your math and science sub-scores. Therefore, a higher math or science sub-score accompanied by a lower composite score may make your application more competitive.

It is also important to note that if you have an English sub-score of 32 or higher on file for the ACT, you will automatically be given credit for RHET 105 (Composition I) when you enroll. If you don’t send this score, it may result in duplicating credit that you’ve already earned.

Lastly, keep in mind that we don’t require the ACT writing section, SAT Subject Exams (SAT IIs), or Advanced Placement (AP) scores for admission. However, if you’re admitted to Illinois and would like to receive credit for your AP scores, they must be sent to our campus. You can see how we’re currently accepting AP credit here.

I hope this blog post was informative. As always, if you can’t find the answer to your question in this post, please feel free to leave a question in the comments section and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Good luck as you prepare for your exams!

Test Taking Cat


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July 29, 2016, 2:51 pm

Will the scores of the Oct 1 SAT reach on time for the Early Action?
The official college board website says that the scores will be sent to colleges Oct 21 onwards.



August 1, 2016, 10:12 am

Hi Megh,
ACT/SAT scores can take between 1-4 weeks to reach our office during the Fall. It is at your own risk that you send scores taken within 1 month of the Early Action deadline to complete your application.

Please note that if you complete your application prior to the Early Action deadline and then additional test score arrive at our office your application will maintain it’s Early Action status and we will be able to consider your new scores when making an admission decision.