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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.

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

2017 - 2018 ACT Test Dates and Registration

ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

September 9, 2017

August 4, 2017

August 18, 2017

October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017

October 10, 2017

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 26, 2017

February 10, 2018*

January 12, 2018

January 19, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 23, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

July 14, 2018*

June 15, 2018

June 22, 2018

ACT Registration Information and Fees

ACT registration is $42.50, without the essay. If you would like to take the essay, the ACT registration fee is $58.50. 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

+ $25

Test center change

+ $25

Additional score 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.

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.

More ACT Tips and Info

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