ACT Test Times and Locations

How Many Times Can You Take the ACT?

As the number of college applicants is increasing, the ACT test is also becoming increasingly popular. The test is administered multiple times every year for the benefit of aspiring college applicants at both national and international locations. If you are planning to appear for the ACT test, it is important that you prepare for the exam systematically. You also need to register on time and choose an appropriate test date and location. Read on to find more on ACT test times and locations.

ACT Test Times and Locations

The ACT test is conducted through three different administrations ever year - the national, international and statewide administrations. While the national administration of the test is conducted six times every year, the international administrations are spread across five test dates throughout the year; the statewide administrations are done in certain US states for eligible public school students.

Therefore, the ACT test times and locations may differ based on the test administration you are looking for.

If your state has a contractual statewide administration of the ACT, it is mandatory for every eligible public school student to take the test.
For individual registrations, you may choose among the national or international test administrations.
Remember that most of the national and international administrations are done on Saturdays; however, you may avail non-Saturday testing if your religious beliefs prohibit you from Saturday testing.

Those with physical challenges may avail accommodated testing/special testing as per the existing testing norms (

Arranged testing facilities are also available under certain conditions; for example, if you do not find a test center within 50 miles of your location (internationally) or a non-Saturday test center within 50 miles of your location (US and Canada), you can request for arranged testing. Also, if you do not find suitable ACT test times and locations that fit your college application deadlines, you may request for arranged testing (

National ACT Testing Dates

ACT Inc. has announced the national test dates for the period 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014. The tests are conducted six times every year. The forthcoming national ACT test times and locations for 2012 are listed below:

National ACT Test Dates

Regular Registrations Close on

Late Registration Allowed between

Test Locations

  • April 14, 2012
  • March 9, 2012
  • March 10 - 23, 2012

Throughout the 50 US states, Puerto Rico, US territories, and Canada

  • 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

International ACT Testing Dates

For the international administration of the test, five test dates are scheduled every year. The forthcoming international ACT test times and locations for 2012 are as given below. Note that there is no late registration facility available for international ACT testing:

International ACT Test Dates

Registration Deadlines

Test Locations

  • April 14, 2012
  • March 9, 2012

At designated test centers around the globe; not all test centers test on all available test dates.

  • June 9, 2012
  • May 4, 2012
  • October 27, 2012
  • September 21, 2012
  • December 8, 2012
  • November 2, 2012

Statewide ACT Testing Dates

Apart from the national and international administration of the ACT test, certain US states conduct the ACT test as part of a bigger initiative to improve college readiness and career planning among state public school students. As of now, five states in the US run the statewide administration of ACT for their 11th grade public school students:

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Wyoming

Most of these states run the ACT test as part of other common assessment initiatives (for example, Colorado runs ACT as part of the Colorado Student Assessment Program; while Illinois runs it as part of the Prairie State Achievement Program every spring). Accordingly, the ACT test times and locations for the statewide administrations may be different across different states and according to the schedule of the program which they are part of. You can find more details about test dates and locations from the respective state agencies or boards.

It is important that you are aware of all these vital points while planning for ACT and before choosing your ACT test time and location. Many prefer test dates in their junior year as it makes the scores ready at hand before your college application deadlines, and it also provides enough time to retake the test if required. You may find more relevant information at the official ACT website (;

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