By the time you receive the letter of investigation from the ACT, an internal investigation has already happened. A review of test scores can be triggered for many reasons. It could happen because of an outside report by another test taker or statistical analysis from inside ACT. Either way, if the internal investigation gives reason to think the score may be invalid, you will face a formal review process.
The letter a test taker receives will give them three options:
Any university that was sent the score will be notified that it has been cancelled. The ACT will close the review.
You will have to achieve a score close to the original to confirm and validate. If you do not, the ACT will cancel your score and notify any colleges that received it that it has been canceled.
If you decide on this option, you will have to send information that proves you did not cheat or allow someone else to cheat off you.
You should request any documents the ACT is using to question the validity of your score. This may include:
The biggest challenge many students face is writing clear and logical arguments. Emotions often take over and the letter challenging the ACT becomes muddled. Make an outline and set forth your arguments using succinct language.
Some arguments to make may center around the following:
Many students are flagged because of irregularities and you must make clear and coherent arguments as to why you did not cheat or allow someone else to cheat off you. This could mean that their answers are like someone else in the testing room. I often see that erasures from wrong to right cause issues for students. This could be a result of a test preparation course or book that tells students to use the same response strategies.
You can also watch my video on ACT and SAT score investigations here.
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