ACT Test Deadlines

ACT Deadlines to Keep in Mind

A deadline can be defined as the last date permissible for any action. Whenever an exam is concerned, deadlines get very crucial and ACT is no exception in this regard. ACT test deadlines are the deadlines related to the registration dates, test dates and score sending dates. Though ACT registration is a prerequisite for taking the ACT test, even if a test taker misses the ACT test deadlines concerning registration, he can have some hope. With ACT online registration, a test taker can be assured that even if he/she registers on a day near the deadline, his/her application will reach ACT in time. However ACT requests test takers to register before the deadlines in order to get a desired test centre. A test taker is therefore suggested to mark in his/her calendar all the important deadlines related to ACT so that no important date or deadline is missed in the process of ACT exam preparation.

All the important ACT test deadlines are discussed below.

1. Deadline for Registration

Deadline for ACT test registration means the last permissible date for the test taker to register for ACT for a particular date. However, ACT has an arrangement that if the test taker has missed the registration deadline, he/she can go for standby testing on the day of the test. The test taker can request for standby testing by creating a student web account and filling up a downloadable request form, ( Standby testing does not guarantee hall admission ticket or seat availability at the test centre. Only if there is a surplus of seating facility and surplus of test materials at the test centre, the test taker will be allowed to take the test. Admission to the test centre is on first come, first served basis. This test arrangement carries fees in addition to the regular ACT fees. On its official website, ACT has mentioned deadlines for registration for all the test dates till May, 2013. ACT generally keeps a gap of almost a month between the ACT test deadlines for registration and the test date.

2. Deadlines for the Day of Test

On the day of the test, a test taker needs to be present at the test center by 8:00 a.m. The deadline for entry to test centre is therefore eight in the morning. Test procedure begins once all the test takers are checked in and seated. A short break is given after the first two tests. There is also a break scheduled before the Writing test. This break is shorter in duration than the first break. The entire test gets over and the test takers are dismissed by 12:15 p.m. The test takers who opt for the Writing test are dismissed by 1:00p.m. On its official website, ACT has mentioned the scheduled test dates till June, 2014. A test taker can plan his/her test day in advance.

3. Deadline for Sending the Scores

For online viewing, the scores are available within two and a half weeks after the test date. The score report is dispatched to the test takers within 3-8 weeks after the test date. Once the test taker has received the score report, he/she can request ACT to send his/her scores to the colleges and scholarship agencies other than those filled in the registration form. Colleges receive students' score report according to the reporting schedule of that particular college. ACT usually takes 3-8 weeks after the first test date to report students' scores to colleges. Different colleges take different time to respond to the score report of the students.

With this information related to ACT test deadlines, a test taker can prepare for the exam without the worry of missing important deadlines.

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