How is Coronavirus Affecting ACT Exams?

Impact of Coronavirus on ACT Exams

Are you one of the roughly 1.6 million prospective talented college students looking to take the ACT exams? Then you will want to read this helpful article, as it contains relevant information due to the circumstances of the coronavirus outbreak of 2020.

First of all, the official website of the ACT has released an official statement that the Saturday, April 4th, 2020 test date has been moved back more than two months to Saturday, June 13th, 2020. The site declares that 'the safety of students and test center staff' is the reason behind the postponement.

Furthermore, registered students should receive an email from ACT complete with instructions on how to reschedule. In addition, another national test date is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th. It is possible that the coronavirus pandemic could result in these two dates being postponed again. If the two summer dates are indeed postponed, it is most likely the next available testing will be held in September of 2020.

Note: It is important to note ACT does NOT automatically register students for the new test date. This is why it is necessary for students to check their email accounts frequently (and spam folders), and follow new registration procedures when they receive the ACT message. It should be duly noted students may actually receive an email even before the official ACT website is updated.

If a student can't or doesn't wish to take the ACT on a newer test date, they can receive a refund. In addition, students who initially registered with a Fee Waiver will not be required to pay a fee when they register for a new test date.

Students that requested a Test Information Release (TIR) for a 'Non-Saturday and Special testing' situation can still do so for their new test date.

One more note concerns international test centers. These tests have been postponed as well, but consult the ACT official website if you desire more information.

Are you concerned that your study habits are going to be thrown off by the delays in the ACT exams? The website could just be the ideal online learning platform for all of your ACT testing needs. First of all, the lesson titled 'What is the ACT?' will explain the major details of the challenging exams. The 'ACT Practice and Study Guide' offers brief five-to-ten minute animated videos in the relevant ACT exam topics of English, mathematics, science, reading, and writing.

Do you like to study using flashcards? The ACT science flashcards will be a valuable interactive tool as you work to improve your test score.

Finally, would you like even further instruction from an ACT expert? offers that option as well.

Can You Take the ACT Test Online?

You may have heard that due to the coronavirus outbreak, the AP tests for high school juniors and seniors will be administered online instead, and each test will only be 45 minutes instead of 180 minutes. This has left many students wondering if the ACT tests will follow suit, and has led to some confusion about the issue.

The answer is students MUST still report to a school or test center to take the tests. However, in September of 2020, some students may be allowed take the test at a school or test center while using a computer instead of paper. In fact, international students already no longer take the paper tests at all. They will still NOT be allowed to simply take the test online at home though.

The ACT believes this eventual transition to testing on a computer instead of paper will result in:

  • Faster scoring of tests
  • Improved security
  • Increased student access


When you think of the ACT tests, you tend to think of the word 'deadlines' too. However, since the COVID-19 situation is a fluid one, so is the situation with these deadlines. As of this writing, the registration deadline for the June 13th test is May 8th, with the late deadline being from May 9th through May 22nd. The deadline for the July 18th tests is June 19th, with the late deadline being from June 20th through June 26th. Deadline information for the September 12th, October 24th, and December 12th tests is not available yet. However, once again we should emphasize to check your email (and spam folders) frequently, and consult the official ACT website for changes and updates as well.

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

This organization was founded in 1937, and the members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) are dedicated to serving students as they weigh their postsecondary education decisions. Its official website is constantly updating any information related to the ACT testing procedures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In Review

Since the coronavirus outbreak of 2020 began affecting America around March 6th, roughly 1.6 million students looking to take the ACT exams have been affected by changes and delays. The safety of students and test center staff is at the top of the list for the decision by the ACT to postpone the tests. The online learning platform is an excellent methodology for students to prepare for the ACT exams during the postponements. Students can't take the exams online on home, but may be able to use computers at their respective schools or test centers. The deadlines for the ACT exam dates, like the COVID-19 situation, are fluid and subject to change each day. Lastly, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) monitors and updates changes related to the ACT exams.

The ACT is a standardized college admissions test that can include a writing portion along with multiple-choice sections in four other subject areas. Read on to learn where you can find preparation materials for this exam and get other important test information.

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