Upcoming ACT® Exam Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date: September 10, 2016
Registration Deadline: August 5, 2016
Late Registration Deadline: August 19, 2016
Test Date: October 22, 2016
Registration Deadline: September 16, 2016
Late Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016
Test Date: December 10, 2016
Registration Deadline: November 4, 2016
Late Registration Deadline: November 18, 2016
Test Date: February 11, 2017*
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2017
Late Registration Deadline: January 20, 2017
Test Date: April 8, 2017
Registration Deadline: March 3, 2017
Late Registration Deadline: March 17, 2017
Test Date: June 10, 2017
Registration Deadline: May 5, 2017
Late Registration Deadline: May 19, 2017

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. This allows you to reserve the summer months for college applications, or gives you enough time to retake the test during the fall of your senior year if you're not satisfied with your score.

ACT registration information and fees

ACT registration is $39.50, without the essay. If you would like to take the essay, the ACT registration fee is $56.50. 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 + $27.50
Phone re-registration + $15
Standby registration + $51
Test date change + $24
Test center change + $25
College report + $12 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.

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.

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

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