Sending October Test Scores to Illinois

Several students and school counselors have recently asked us about using their October test scores for admission to the university and meeting the early action deadline. I hope the information in this blog can help clarify our process as we move toward the first deadline of the year.

In order to be considered for early action, we need three things from you by 11:59 p.m. CST on November 1:

  • An online application through myIllini (this includes your essay and self-reported grades)
  • Your application fee or official fee waiver form
  • Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the test agency

We have suggested that students interested in applying for early action consideration request scores by October 5 to ensure our office receives them on time. We will still accept your ACT or SAT test from October. As long as we have an official score in our office by November 1, you will still be considered for early action. Don’t worry about getting your highest score in the first time; we just need any score on file—you can improve your SAT or ACT and submit additional scores up until the notification date of December 16, 2016.

I think many of you are worried about making sure you send us your best test score first, but the reality is that we only use the highest scores (and subscores) submitted for application review. You won’t be penalized if you happen to perform lower on a different exam or test date—we only consider the highest scores submitted. If you do better on the test, great!  If you do worse, don’t worry, we won’t look at it. Just relax and do your best.

Again, we will consider an application complete as long as we have all of the necessary components of the application by November 1. Students who don’t meet the early action deadline will still be fully considered for admission, receiving their admissions decision on February 3, 2017.

I hope this clears a few things up! We know applying to college can be stressful, and we want to do anything we can to help you out. If you have questions, please feel free to post them here, email us, or call our office at 217-333-0302 to speak to an admissions counselor.


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Ryan Siu

October 28, 2016, 1:20 am

Hi there,

I have placed a rush delivery order on SAT and ACT scores on 10/25 (but ACT doesn’t offer rush delivery as it will send electronically). It stated that rush reporting SAT scores are sent to colleges within two working days. Do you think it will get to you on time for me to meet the early action deadline? How can I confirm that?