ACT® Test Dates & Registration 2019-2021

Nailing down the best ACT test date can help you plan your prep and get your college applications in gear. Find upcoming ACT dates below, along with the registration deadlines for each test date.

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2019-2021 ACT Test Dates and Registration

The ACT is a nationally administered, standardized paper-and-pencil test that helps colleges evaluate candidates.

Generally, you'll take the ACT for the first time in the spring of your junior year, and scores typically come back in two to eight weeks. This allows you to retake the test during the fall of your senior year if you're not satisfied with your score.

ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

September 14, 2019

August 16, 2019

August 30, 2019

October 26, 2019

September 20, 2019

October 4, 2019

December 14, 2019

November 8, 2019

November 22, 2019

February 8, 2020

January 10, 2020

January 17, 2020

June 13, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 22, 2020

July 18, 2020*

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

June 19, 2020

June 26, 2020

September 12, 2020

August 14, 2020

August 28, 2020

September 13, 2020

TBD

TBD

September 19, 2020

TBD

TBD

October 10, 2020

TBD

TBD

October 17, 2020

TBD

TBD

October 24, 2020

September 18, 2020

October 2, 2020

October 25, 2020

TBD

TBD

December 12, 2020

November 6, 2020

November 20, 2020

February 6, 2021

January 8, 2021

January 15, 2021

April 17, 2021

March 12, 2021

March 26, 2021

June 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

May 21, 2021

July 17, 2021

June 18, 2021

Jun 25, 2021

2018 - 2019 ACT Test Dates and Registration

ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

September 8, 2018

August 12, 2018

August 26, 2018

October 27, 2018

September 28, 2018

October 14, 2018

December 8, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 19, 2018

February 9, 2019

January 11, 2019

January 18, 2019

April 13, 2019

March 8, 2019

March 25, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 20, 2019

July 13, 2019*

June 14, 2019

June 24, 2019

ACT Registration Information and Fees

2020-2021 ACT registration fee is $55, without the essay. If you would like to take the essay, the ACT registration fee is $70. Some colleges may require you take the essay, so do your research before you decide to skip it.

Additional ACT Registration Fees

Registration Type

Registration Fees

Late registration

+ $30

Phone re-registration

+ $15

Standby registration

+ $55

Test date change

+ $32

Test center change

+ $32

Additional score report

+ $13 each

In order to register for the ACT, you must sign up for an ACT student web account. You must also have a photo ID, as well as a photo of yourself that can be uploaded to the registration site. You will also need access to a printer to print out your ACT admission ticket. You will not be allowed into the testing center without a valid ID and a printout of your ticket.

To learn more about upcoming ACT exam dates and registration deadlines, visit the official ACT website or speak with your high school counselor.

ACT Fee Waivers

Are you eligible to take the ACT for free? Certain 11th- and 12th-grade students who meet income-based eligibility criteria may be able to apply for a fee waiver. See the test maker’s website for more information.

ACT Testing Outside of a Testing Center

Are you homebound or disabled? Find out if you’re eligible for ACT arranged testing in your home or a place that’s comfortable for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, students who intend on applying to competitive colleges should plan to take the ACT at least once in the spring of junior year and once in the fall of senior year. The year-round testing months are February, April, June, July, September, October, and December. Every student should consider other factors that may contribute to their ideal test date. This includes the application deadlines for your top schools, early action or early decision timelines, and scholarship deadlines. Competitive test takers should start learning about how the ACT is formatted and the content it covers a year prior to their first important deadline.

1) To avoid paying an extra fee, you should register for the test before the deadline, about a month in advance. However, you can still sign up through the late registration deadline. Before you go to the website, gather information you will need, which includes your school code and photo.

2) When you're ready, go to ACT’s registration page. Make sure to set aside 35-45 minutes to complete the process. When signing up, you will need to create an account and choose your test date. You'll also decide if you are taking the Writing portion of the ACT. Some colleges require you to take the Writing test and others recommend it. Be sure to include that in your registration if you'll need it to apply.

3) After registration is completed, ACT will ask you to upload your photo. It must be clear and easy to recognize. It should be similar to a passport photo. You must submit your photo by the provided deadline and have a photo ID on test day.

It's better to pick a test date and stick with it—both to keep yourself on schedule and to avoid paying extra fees. However, if something comes up and you need to change your ACT test date, you can do on the website or by calling ACT Student Services at 319-337-1270. You will have to pay a fee to change the date or location and you must register for your new date before the late deadline. Once you've changed your test, be sure to adapt your study plan to fit your new timeline.

For most students, we recommend starting your preparation in the summer following your sophomore year or right before junior year. This will give you ample time to research admissions deadlines for the respective colleges of interest and assess how many hours per week you can dedicate to studying. Studying longer doesn’t always mean you’ll score higher, however, it does increase your chances of performing well if you have an effective study plan. Before you dive into your prep plan, you should learn more about the tests, the requirements of colleges to which you will apply, and set a goal score.

For first-time test takers:

1) Start with a practice test.

2) Speak with a teacher to help you understand your score, your ideal test date, and determine the best preparation option.

If you are taking the test again:

1) Determine how far you are from your goal score.

2) Speak with a teacher to help you determine the most effective preparation option based on areas that need improvement and the time you have until test day.

In order to register for the ACT, you must sign up for an ACT student web account. You must also have a photo ID, as well as a photo of yourself that can be uploaded to the registration site. Before you take your test, you need to print out your ACT admission ticket. On test day, you will not be allowed into the testing center without a valid ID and a printout of your ticket.

To learn more about upcoming ACT exam dates and registration deadlines, visit the official ACT website or speak with your high school counselor.

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