You know how after an exam you hopelessly wonder which questions did you in? The ACT Test Information Release is a service that tries to solves all that. No more wondering how an expectant 30 on your ACT exam turned out to be a 21.

What is ACT Test Info Release?

It’s an ACT service that tells you which questions you failed, and why. It’s basically an answer key to your ACT multiple choice. Even students that opted to take the writing prompt get copies of their graded scores from the two readers who did them in. You have the option of also requesting your personal essay and answer sheet.

How Much Does ACT Test Info Release Cost?

An extra $20, on top of the original ACT fee. The package includes your multiple choice questions, your answers to them, the answer key used in grading, your writing prompt, the response from 2 different readers, and a scoring Rubik. You can preorder the service during registration, or up to 3 months from your test date. After that, ACT won’t respond to your requests.

There’s a limit on who can apply for the ACT test info release. Most exams are taken on Saturdays, so if for one reason or another you couldn’t take it on one of the 3 national days, other test dates are available. However, it’s only exams written on these national Saturdays that are eligible for test info release. All others aren’t, including those taken outside the country.

Reasons to Request for ACT Test Info Release

It seems counter-productive to want to see how your exams were graded, since it’s over and done with. But there are several reasons you should consider before crossing it off.

It’s a very good studying tool, if you plan on taking the exam more than once. Some students take it one or two years before graduation, to learn their strengths and weaknesses. The TIR can provide valuable insight on how to improve their scores.

Your ACT score was significantly different from what you were expecting. If you think there was a grading error, the first thing to do is request the TIR, see why your score is the way it is, before requesting a hand scoring. At $45 to $90 for multiple choice and essay, hand scoring is significantly more expensive than the TIR, so opt for the latter, verify your claims before forging ahead.

It takes about 3 to 5 weeks to receive your TIR from the time of request, so make sure you order on time.