ACT Test Date

The Most Preferred ACT Test Dates

Owned and administered by ACT, Inc., ACT is standardized, national assessment; measuring high school level accomplishment and college readiness. ACT being a widely recognized college admission test, is conducted around six times a year, throughout US and international locations. It is recommended that you choose your ACT test date, after reviewing the college admission deadlines and requirements. Read on to find more on the preferred ACT test dates and how to choose the best ACT test date for yourself.

How to Choose an ACT Test Date?

Most universities and colleges in the United States require that applicants take one of the nationally recognized qualifying tests for admission into their programs. You may need to submit your ACT scores while applying for admission. Hence, it is important that you choose your ACT test date accordingly:

  • ACT is conducted only up to six times every year. You should plan early for test, choose a suitable ACT test date and prepare accordingly, so that you do not miss your college/university application deadlines.
  • Choosing an early ACT test date helps you retake the test in the same year, if required, without losing opportunities. If you take the test more than once, you may decide which set of scores should be sent to colleges or other agencies. Also, remember that you cannot take ACT more than 12 times in total.
  • Generally, the ACT registration closes four weeks before your test date. If testing in the US, Canada or the US Territories, you may take advantage of late registration facilities, if required. But, this will cost you extra and late registration is allowed up to fourteen days after the regular registration date.
  • If you are testing internationally, you must be extra careful while planning your test, as the late registration facility is not available.
  • ACT Inc. recommends that you take your test at least two months before the relevant application deadlines. It takes 3-8 weeks after your test date for the ACT scores with no Writing section to be reported. However, ACT Plus Writing scores take longer for reporting (5-8 weeks after your test date).
  • Standby Testing is offered in ACT. If you miss your (late) registration deadlines, you might still be able to test on the chosen ACT test date, provided a seat is available and your application meets other required criteria. However, if you need special testing accommodations, you cannot take standby testing.
  • Standby testing scores generally take longer than regular testing; this is because of the extra effort/time involved in processing and matching the standby request and the answer folder.

It is recommended that you consider the above vital points while planning for ACT and before choosing your test date. Many prefer dates in their junior year as it provides enough time to retake the test if required, and allows them to focus more on any weak areas identified. You may find more relevant information online at the official ACT website (;

ACT Test Dates

ACT Inc. has announced the test dates for the periods 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014. The test dates fall in September, October, December, February, April, and July months in each of these ranges.

  • The next available ACT test datesthis year are April 14, 2012 and June 09, 2012. For applying to the April 14 test, the regular registration deadline was March 09, 2012, while registrations with late fee are accepted from March 10-23, 2012. For the June 2012 ACT test date, the regular registrations close by May 4 2012, while late registrations are open from May 5-18, 2012.

  • All the US and international test dates (from July 2011- June 2013), registration deadlines, and late registration deadlines are available online at the official ACT website. As for the July 2013-June 2014 test dates, the registration and late registration deadlines are yet to be announced.

  • The following are the announced ACT test dates and registration deadlines starting July 2012. You can also find the test dates online (;

ACT Test Date

Regular Registration Deadline

Late Registration Date Range

April 14, 2012

March 9, 2012

March 10-23, 2012

June 9, 2012

May 4, 2012

May 5 -18, 2012

September 8, 2012

August 17, 2012

August 18-24, 2012

October 27, 2012

September 21, 2012

September 22- October 5, 2012

December 8, 2012

November 2, 2012

November 3- 16, 2012

February 9, 2013

January 11, 2013

January 12-18, 2013

April 13, 2013

March 8, 2013

March 9 -22, 2013

June 8, 2013

May 3, 2013

May 4 -17, 2013

September 21, 2013

To be announced in March 2013

October 26, 2013

December 14, 2013

February 8, 2014

April 12, 2014

June 14, 2014

  • You may also search for test dates for specific test centers online (; This way you can specifically look for non-Saturday test centers, if you have religious restrictions for taking the test on a Saturday.

  • In case of the non-availability of a non-Saturday test center within 50 miles of your location (within US and Canada), or a test center within 50 miles of your location (in all other locations), on any test date, you may avail the arranged testing facilities extended by ACT.

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