National ACT Test Dates
5 Things to Keep in Mind for Selecting National ACT Test Dates
National Testing and Residual Testing
National testing is the name given to the dates on which the ACT is held. It is held 6 times in a year, in the months of September, October, December, February, April and June. The test dates for the ACT are specific to the following countries: U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada. However, in international test centers, ACT is not offered that frequently.
On the other hand, residual testing is the name given to the ACT test that takes place 'on campus'. This facility is available in all the colleges that accept ACT scores. The residual ACT test dates are different from the national test dates. In fact, residual tests are taken on days when national testing is not offered; which means that their dates don't coincide.
The National ACT Test Dates 2014
The test dates for the year 2014 have been declared. For example the Spring date for is ACT is April 12, 2014. After that the test will be held again on June 14, 2014. It is possible that these dates may be subjected to change due to unforeseeable circumstances, but you can be sure that by and large these are the official national schedule. Along with the test dates, the registration deadlines are given too. Registration deadlines are usually a month before the actual test dates. Additionally, there is a provision of registration post the registration deadlines; however, this is condition to a late fee that is levied. Click on the following link for up-to-date information on the the ACT timetable: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html
5 Tips to Choose the Right National ACT Test Dates
#Tip 1: Spring time for juniors: Spring time for junior year students is ideal to take the ACT. Usually in the senior year, it is advisable for students to take the ACT as early as possible. However, the same is not applicable for students in their junior year, since they have the leverage of time to prepare adequately before taking the test. Also, you can choose to wait until your senior year before you take the ACT.
# Tip 2: Fall of senior year: September is the best time to take the ACT. An additional advice to those students who are not confident about scoring well: Take the ACT in the junior year itself so you know where you stand with regards to the scores. Also, you will learn some tactics to take the test. Some colleges advise that you must have 2-3 ACT scores in hand before you begin applying. However, if you have the confidence to do well in the first time, you needn't waste time and energy in taking the ACT 2-3 times.
# Tip 3: Sometimes, the choice of dates also depends on the colleges that you are applying to. The admission dates of the colleges are an important factor. Usually, as a thumb rule, remember to keep a three-month gap between the date of testing and the admission deadlines for colleges. This rule is condition to the fact that you take the examination and get good scores in the first go itself. If you are not confident of this, follow the previous tip.
# Tip 4: Choose dates before you begin preparing: ACT is not an IQ test that can be left to chance. There is a good chance that with practice you can improve your scores. Hence it is better you choose the ACT test dates before you begin preparing for it; so that you can plan your studies accordingly.
# Tip 5: Do not choose dates immediately after high school exams: Usually, students take the ACT before taking the high school exams. If you are not planning to do that, let there be a considerable gap between both the tests. After all, you do not want to take the ACT in an exhausted state of mind.