Details About Registering for the ACT

5 Things to Know before Registering for ACT

ACT is a 3 and half hour, national college admission test that evaluates one's knowledge in 4 subject areas: English, Science, Mathematics and Reading. The exam also includes a 30 minutes Writing test. However it depends on the candidate whether he/she wants to take ACT Plus Writing. The scores you receive are accepted by all the 4-year universities and colleges in the U.S. If you have plans to take this test, you must definitely know certain things before applying for the examination. This article explains about 5 things that you must know before you begin the registration process.

1. Am I Eligible to take the ACT?

Before you register for the test, you must confirm whether you are eligible for taking the test or not. The ACT allows you to take the test if you are:





  • High school graduates
  • Students studying in grade 6 to grade 9

2. How much does the ACT Test Cost?

The basic registration fee for the test covers the test fee as well as the fee for issuing your score reports to up to four colleges for which you have shown preference while registering. The basic registration fee for the test excluding the Writing test is $34, and fees inclusive of Writing test is $49.50.

When apply for the test, you must pay the registration fee. However, you may have to pay an additional fee apart from the basic registration fee if you are:

  • Registering for the test after the deadline.
  • Re-registering for the test through telephone.
  • Requesting for an additional score report.
  • Changing the test date.
  • Requesting for standby testing.
  • Taking International testing.

To get an accurate idea of the basic and additional fee details for the examination and the information on fee refund for test cancellation, you can refer to the official website (http://actstudent.org/regist/actfees.html).

3. The ACT Test Dates

The exam is conducted on 6 test dates in the months of February, April, June, September, October and December for taking the test in the U.S, Puerto Rico, the U.S territories and Canada. To know more details refer to the website: http://actstudent.org/regist/dates.html.

The test is administered on 5 test dates in the months of February, April, June, October and December for taking the test in other countries. To get more details, visit the website: http://actstudent.org/regist/intldates.html.

When you are register for the test, you will be asked to select the testing date. Under such circumstances, you may either be confused to choose a date from the available list or the date which you prefer might not be available. You can choose the test date that suits you best, based on the following factors:

  • Availability of the testing center of your choice.
  • Time required for you for making the test preparation effectively.
  • Your situation and commitments.

4. Why you need an ACT Web Account?

You must have your 'ACT Web Account' that can be created by visiting the website: https://services.actstudent.org/OA_HTML/actibeCAcdLogin.jsp . You need to create the account so that you can:

  • Register for the test online
  • View your ACT scores as well as score reports
  • Change your ACT registration test center or test date
  • Update your student profile
  • View your ACT account history
  • Order the test preparation materials from the official website

5. How to Register for the ACT Test?

You can  send in your registration either through the online option or through mail. The method of registration that is allowed depends on:

  • The test location - Whether in the U.S or Canada, or in countries outside the U.S or Canada.
  • The plan for the test - Whether you request for Standby Testing, Arranged Testing and Extended Time or Other Accommodations.
  • Online Registration Method You can register online by logging into your 'ACT Web Account.'
  • Mail Registration Method You can register for the test by posting the ACT application form included in the 'Register-by-Mail Packet' that can be downloaded from the following website: http://actstudent.org/forms/stud_req.html. You will also have to send other relevant documents along with the filled in registration form. However, to apply through mail, you must be less than 13 years old or you should be unable to pay the test fee through a credit card or the other payment options available for online registration.
  • You must know about the five essentials given in this article before you begin the registration process, so that you are able to apply for the test without any hitch. You can refer to the FAQ section at the official website of ACT (http://actstudent.org/faq/signup.html) to know more details.