ACT Test Dates for 2012

Deadlines for ACT in 2012

ACT is a very important test that decides a high school student's college life. The college or university in which the student will get admission depends a lot on the ACT score. ACT tests the student's knowledge that he/she has gained in high school.

Selection of the correct test date is the first task a student faces. The ACT is administered 6 times every year. The months it is administered are February, April, June, September, October and December. ACT test dates for 2012 are 14th April, 9th June, 8th September, 27th October and 8th December and the registration deadlines for these tests are 9th March, 4th May, 17th August, 21st September and 2nd November respectively. If you are ready to pay late registration fee the deadlines are extended. The late registration deadlines are 23rd March for the April test, 18th May for the June test, 24th August for the September date, 5th October and 16th November for the October and December test dates respectively.

The test dates for 2013-2014 have also been released. This is to help students decide on a test date well in advance.


The registration fee for the ACT test is $34. If you plan to take up the writing section as well, then it is $49.50. If you miss the registration dates for the ACT test dates for 2012, you can still register by paying a late registration fee of $21. This has to be done within the late registration deadline. You can register by mail or online. Online registration is the easiest way to register. Mail registrations are accepted for those who are below 13 years of age or for those who do not have a credit card. The ACT test dates for 2012 get filled up very fast. It is suggested that you decide on a date and register for the test as early as possible.

Test Dates

ACT test can be taken up to a maximum of 12 times. Students prefer to take the test once in junior year and once in senior year. You can choose the test scores you want to send to the colleges or universities. ACT test dates for 2012 spring is ideally suited for junior year students. If you do not do well, you can always take it in the fall of 2013.

It is advantageous for juniors to take the test in the spring since most of the ACT topics are covered and with the scores they can decide on the colleges they can opt for and the courses they can take at the senior level.

Some juniors take up the test in the fall of their junior year as well. The ACT scores taken during high school are accepted for college admission. Some students take up the test in the sophomore or freshman year itself. It is better not to take the test this early as all the topics in the ACT test may not have been covered in their curriculum.


A two month preparation is essential for getting a good score in ACT test. Some institutes offer crash courses for those who start preparing with less time left for the test dates. It is a good practice to start preparing early and do a planned study. If you join a course for the preparation, they help you plan your study schedule. If you are preparing by yourself, it is advised to check the full syllabus for the test and chart your study schedule. Try to study at least 2 subjects in a day. This will reduce the monotony in the preparation. Try to practice as many mock tests as possible. This is the best way to prepare.

Ideally, for the spring ACT test dates for 2012, preparation should start by December or January. This will give enough time for preparation as well as for practice tests.

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