ACT Test Dates in Illinois

When Can You Take the ACT in Illinois?

Owned by ACT Inc., the ACT is a standardized college entrance examination, widely accepted in the United States. Every year, the test is conducted six times nationally and five times internationally. In addition, many US districts/states conduct district-wide or statewide administrations of the test. For example, the State of Illinois administers statewide ACT testing for public school students. If you are planning to take ACT in Illinois, here are some relevant details on ACT test dates in Illinois.

National ACT Testing in Illinois

There are many test centers across the State of Illinois and most of these conduct Saturday administrations of the ACT test every year. The test schedule for the national administration of ACT is same across all the test centers, whether in Illinois, any other US state, or Puerto Rico, or Canada locations. The forthcoming ACT test dates in Illinois are listed below, along with the respective registration deadlines:

ACT Test Dates in Illinois

Regular Registrations Close on

Late Registration Allowed between

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 specific ACT test dates in Illinois online at: This way you can specifically look for non-Saturday test dates and test centers, if your religious belief system prevents you from taking a Saturday administration.
  • The forthcoming non-Saturday ACT test dates in Illinois for the 2011-2012 national level administration are Sunday, April 15, 2012 and Sunday, June 10, 2012. The tests are administered at the Hinsdale Adventist Academy in Hindsdale.
  • On the regular national test dates, accommodated national testing is available for those who require special considerations. Also, special testing is scheduled for eligible candidates separately, not as part of the national testing schedule. For more information, visit the official ACT website (

Statewide ACT Testing in Illinois

In addition to the national administration of ACT, the State of Illinois also offers a statewide ACT testing program for the benefit of all eligible junior students from state public schools. As in many other US states and districts, these statewide ACT test administrations in Illinois are done on a contract basis, and the statewide ACT test dates in Illinois are decided between ACT Inc., and the state. Here are some important features of statewide ACT testing in Illinois:

  • The test is administered thrice (including one accommodated testing) every spring as a component of the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). For more information in PSAE, visit the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) website:
  • The statewide ACT testing program in Illinois is a must for all eligible public school 11th grade students. Registrations are done through the schools.
  • The ACT test is scheduled on day 1 of the PSAE administration. You can find the test schedule online at:
  • The statewide ACT test administrations are conducted over weekdays.
  • The scores are usually reported within 3-8 weeks of the test administration.

Statewide ACT Test Dates in Illinois

  • The PSAE test is conducted over two days and there are two administration dates for each of the tests-Initial test date and Makeup test date. Those who are not present during the initial test dates may take the test on the makeup test dates available after two weeks.
  • Accommodated testing is provided for those with special requirements during the two weeks Accommodation Test window. This is done separately, and not as part of the initial or makeup test date schedules. You can find the eligibility criteria and related documentation online at the ISBE website:;
  • The statewide ACT test dates in Illinois for 2012-2013 are listed below. However, you may note that these administrations are as part of the PSAE and cannot be taken alone:

PSAE Day 1 or ACT Test Dates in Illinois (Initial Test Dates)

PSAE Day 1 or ACT Test Dates in Illinois (Makeup Test Dates)

Accommodated Testing Window

April 24, 2012

May 08, 2012

April 24-May 08, 2012

April 23, 2013

May 07, 2013

April 23-May 07, 2013

Thus, you can take the ACT test in Illinois as part of the national administration or as part of the statewide administration of the test. If you are an eligible 11th grade student in an Illinois public school, it is a must that you take the statewide test. It is important that you check with ACT and ISBE to be sure of all the rules and regulations, if you plan to try different administrations together or one after another.

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