Register for ACT

Options for ACT Registration

The ACT test is a widely accepted standardized admissions test that is used for assessing whether a student is ready for college or not. The ACT is a multiple choice questions based test comprising of four subjects: English, Reading, Mathematics and Science; which is offered in two formats. These are the ACT (without writing) and the ACT Plus Writing. Giving the Writing test is optional and you will have to check with your desired university to confirm whether it is a requirement or not.
There are only two ways of registering for the ACT exam. You can either register for ACT online or you can register through mail.

Online Registration

All students can register for ACT online by creating a free 'Student Web Account' ( on the ACT website. International students i.e. students who do not come under the territory of the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico can only register online. They have no other option.

Go to the ACT website and opt for online registration. Proceed to make an account on the website by providing general information such as your name, date of birth, email ID, etc. following which you are asked to choose a user ID and password. Complete the rest of the registration process by providing other personal details. If you already own an account on this website, you can login straight away.

After logging in, click on the 'Register to Test' option and then click on the -Your Test Selection- option. Click on 'Continue'- after accepting the Terms & Conditions. If you require Standby Testing, Non-Saturday Testing or other special testing accommodation, you can learn more information about them by clicking on the links mentioned on this page. You can now select your test date and test option - whether it is ACT (no writing) or ACT Plus Writing. Complete the rest of your registration process according to your preferences. You will be asked to confirm your registration and then you can proceed to make payment. Payment can only be made by Debit/Credit Card. The accepted Debit/Credit Cards are Discover, JCB, VISA and MasterCard.

Mail Registration

Mail Packet Registration is only allowed for residents of the United States or Canada. To register for ACT by availing this option, you must be younger than 13 years or you must be an individual student or lack the facilities to make payment by Credit Card. You will have to submit a request to have the Mail Packet Registration forms delivered to you by visiting the official website ( 7-10 working days must be allowed for delivery. To request special disability accommodation, refer to the 'Services for Students with Disabilities' ( ) link in the website so as to accurately complete your form.

Fee Structure

The fee for taking the ACT (no writing) is $34.00 and for ACT Plus Writing is $49.50. Students who are taking the test in international locations are required to pay an additional surcharge of $27. The deadline for registering for the exam ends mostly one month before the test date. You can still register for ACT till up to 15 days (on an average) before the test by paying late registration fee of $21. There is an additional payment to avail facilities of Standby Testing and this payment amounts to $42. A fee of $21 is required for changing either the test center or the test date. To have your score reports sent to more than four institutions, you will be charged $10 per report.

Disability Accommodations

If a student has a disability which requires him to request for special testing accommodations, he can apply for these at no extra cost. They can be applied for by registering online or by mail. To register for ACT and be provided special testing accommodations, visit this link - - for more information.

The ACT test is conducted up to 5-6 times a year. Find out the available test dates by visiting this link: Be careful while choosing a test date and allow enough time for preparing well.

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