Schedule ACT Test

How Many Times and When Can You Appear for ACT

ACT test is a very important test in a student's life. Schedule ACT test such that you have enough preparation time. The Act test is administered six times in a year. September, October, December, February, April and June are the months when the test is administered.

The registration for an ACT test closes around one month before the test date. For a further week or two, you can register with a late registration fee.

The ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

14th April 2012

9th March 2012

23rd March 2012

9th June 2012

4th May 2012

18th May 2012

8th September 2012

17th August 2012

24th August 2012

27th October 2012

21st September 2012

5th October 2012

8th December 2012

2nd November 2012

16th November 2012

9th February 2013

11th January 2013

25th January 2013

13th April 2013

8th March 2013

22nd March 2013

8th June 2013

3rd May 2013

17th May 2013

The table below gives the test date with registration deadlines.

The test dates are given a year in advance to help students schedule ACT test taking date well in advance. This will help them to prepare well for the test. The test dates for the 2013-14 year has also been announced but the deadlines for the registration have not yet been given.

You can decide on which score you want to send to the colleges and universities and only that score will be sent to them. You can take the ACT test as many as 12 times but you will be spending a lot of money on the test. It is best to schedule ACT test with enough time for preparation and give your best the first time itself.

Data shows that on the second attempt at ACT, 57% of the students increased their composite scores, while for 21% there was no change and for 22% there was a decrease in the composite score.

Some also advice students to take the test twice, once in the junior year spring test date and once in the senior year fall test date.

For Junior Year Students

If you are a junior year student, you can wait and take the test in the senior year or you can take a test in the spring test date of the junior year. After you get the scores, you can compare yourself with the scores of others who have joined the college or university that you would like to join. You can pace your preparation based on these scores. You can take up the test again in the fall of the senior year.

For Senior Year Students

Schedule ACT test for the September test date. This will make sure that your scores reach the colleges or universities on time. If you postpone the test date to the last possible test date and you face inevitable circumstances where you are unable to take up the test, you may end up losing one year. It is best if you can take up the exam on an earlier date, so that you have a back up date.

Some students take up the ACT test during their freshman year and sophomore year. It is not a good idea to schedule ACT test this early. Instead of taking the ACT test, it would be good if you concentrate on the school subjects and get good scores.


It is good if you start preparing for the test 2 months ahead of the test date. This will give you enough time to study the different subjects of the test and practice for the test by taking mock ACT tests. If need be, you can register for an online or live course for the preparation.


Registration for ACT test can be done online or by mail. The registration fee is $34 for ACT without the Writing section and $49.50 for ACT with the Writing section. The scores will be sent to 4 colleges of your choice as well. The late registration fee is $21.

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