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ACT Test Registration Dates

Instructor: Donna Smith
ACT registration dates are available throughout the school year, so you can take the test when it's convenient. Find out about registration options, dates and timing considerations.

When to Register for the ACT

The ACT is offered one Saturday every September, October, December, February, April and June. Each of these six test dates is posted on the ACT website and includes a regular registration deadline, which is about four weeks prior to the test date. For students who can't test on Saturdays, there is an arranged testing option. You must meet the requirements posted on the ACT website to qualify for non-Saturday testing.

Late Registration Deadline

If you miss the regular registration deadline, you can still register by paying a late registration fee of $25. Late registration is available up until roughly three weeks out from the test.

Standby Registration Period

If you miss the late registration deadline, you can request standby testing up until about a week prior to the test date. You must request standby status through the ACT website and pay a $49 standby fee in addition to the regular ACT test fee. You must show up on the date and at the location you chose on your request. If a seat is open, you can take the test. When a seat isn't available, your money is refunded.

Online ACT Registration

It can take up to eight weeks for ACT scores to be reported, so you should register for a test that takes place at least two months before your college applications are due to be safe. Online registration is the fastest and easiest way to ensure that there is space for you in a testing center. After you complete your online registration forms, including payment information, you can immediately print out your test admission ticket.

ACT Registration by Mail

Although most students register online, the ACT requires mail registration for students who are under the age of 13, and for those who don't have a credit card to pay online. You can request a paper registration packet through the ACT website. It can take seven to ten days to receive this packet. You'll need to make sure you have time to return it before the registration deadline. You can also check at school to see if your guidance counselor has a mail-in packet for you.

ACT Registration by Phone

You can register by phone at a fee of $15 if you have previously taken the ACT. The ACT notes that their phone lines are very busy just before registration deadlines, and that you should take that into consideration.

ACT Registration Help and Information

To find out more about the ACT, you can check out Study.com's About the Test chapter. You'll find the following info covered in this chapter's lessons:

  • Registration information
  • ACT test dates and locations
  • What to bring on test day
  • The format of the ACT
  • ACT scoring info
  • Accommodations

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Study.com is also the place where you'll get prepared for what's on the ACT. You can learn at your own pace with in-depth courses that include engaging video lessons and practice quizzes and tests. Online instructors are always ready to assist you. Get started with these ACT test prep courses:

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