ACT Test Registration
Please note: You need to register by mail only if you are younger than 13 or cannot pay by credit card.
What You Will Need to Register
About 40 minutes
Computer with internet
Credit card or other payment
High school course details
Information to Have Ready
We Need Your Photo!
As part of your registration process and ACT test security requirements, you will be asked to provide a recent photo of yourself.
Learn more about format and size, system requirements, and photo upload deadlines.
Accommodations and English Learner (EL) Supports
Before you register, learn more about the process to request accommodations or English Learner (EL) supports.
Where should you test?
Search for an ACT test center near you.
Operating systems: Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8)Mac OS (10.5 or higher)
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Your High School Code
You'll need this code to register.
Testing With or Without Writing?
The ACT test can be taken with or without the writing portion. Find out what the college you want to attend has decided about whether the ACT with Writing is required for admission.
Parent Email Address
This is an optional but important communication link between the student and ACT.
To learn what calculators can be used during the test, see our Calculator Policy:
How Much Does the ACT Cost?
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Saying “Yes” to EOS
Get discovered by colleges.
When you register you can opt-in to ACT’s Educational Opportunity Service (EOS). EOS will connect you with colleges, universities, and financial aid institutions based on your plans and interests. Expand your vision for college and open up new ways to pay for it.
National Test Dates
National test dates are for the United States, United States territories, and Puerto Rico. If you have missed the late registration deadline for a test date, you may be able to request standby testing.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 8, 2018**||August 10, 2018||August 11-26, 2018|
|October 27, 2018||September 28, 2018||September 29-October 14, 2018|
|December 8, 2018||November 2, 2018||November 3-19, 2018|
|February 9, 2019*||January 11, 2019||January 12-18, 2019|
|April 13, 2019||March 8, 2019||March 9-25, 2019|
|June 8, 2019||May 3, 2019||May 4-20, 2019|
|July 13, 2019*||June 14, 2019||June 15-24, 2019|
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates. No test centers are scheduled in California for the July test date.
**See non-Saturday testing for information related to this test date.
You can make changes to your registration through your ACT web account. The kinds of changes that can be made include:
- Adding or removing the writing test
- Changing your test date
- Changing your test location
- Updating your personal information
- Adding or changing your college choices
- Correcting high school code
Missed the Test?
If you miss the test for any reason, including illness, injury, being denied admission at the test center for lack of ID, or late arrival, your options are listed below.
IMPORTANT: Once you break the seal on your test booklet, you cannot later request a test date change, even if you do not complete all your tests. You must register again and pay the full fee for your test option if you want to retest.
Request and pay for a test date change
Log in to your ACT web account and select "Make Changes to Your Registration" or call ACT Registration at 319.337.1270 by the regular deadline for the new test date. You will be charged the full fee for the new test date in addition to the test date change fee.
If you call during the late registration period, you will also be a charged a late fee. In either case, your basic fee for the original test date will be refunded. (If you register for a new test date instead of making a test date change, your basic fee for the original test date will not be refunded.)
If you decide you do not want to test on another test date, your registration fee and any additional fees (such as late fee or test center change fee) are nonrefundable. If you do not test, no score reports will be sent.
Request a refund for optional services
If you do not test and do not make a test date change, the following fees for optional services are refundable if you ordered and paid for the services when you registered:
- Score reports for 5th and 6th college codes
- Test Information Release
- ACT writing test
To request a refund of these optional services, write "REFUND" on your unused admission ticket and mail it to ACT Registration, email email@example.com with "REFUND" in the subject line, or write a letter including your identifying information and the test date and test option for which you registered. Label your envelope "REFUND."
Refunds will be issued about eight weeks after your scheduled test date and will be issued in the form of payment originally received (for example, a credit will be applied to your credit card).
Requests for refunds for the 2017-2018 testing year received after August 31, 2018 will not be considered.
Requests for refunds for the 2018-2019 testing year received after August 30, 2019 will not be considered.
Send your requests to:
ACT, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243-0414, USA
ACT reviews arranged testing requests for examinees who qualify under certain conditions such as distance from test centers and confinement to correctional institutions.
If you miss the late deadline to register for a test date, or to request a test date or test center change, you may choose to sign in to your ACT account to request and pay for standby testing.
Parents of younger students may register these students to take the ACT or ACT with writing on the web only if the student is at least 13 years of age. Due to Internet privacy laws, students 12 years or younger cannot register online or create an ACT web account, even if their parents or guardians assist them or create their account. These students should request a registration packet. We encourage students who are 13 years of age or older to register online.
Academic Talent Identification Programs
Students enrolled in grades 6, 7, or 8, who have been identified by their schools as academically talented, may be invited to participate in an academic talent search program that includes taking the ACT.
Many of these programs offer a one-step registration option that combines registering for the academic talent search program with registering for the ACT. Talent search participants are advised to follow the instructions they receive from their respective program to register for the ACT. This may require registering directly with the talent search program rather than using ACT online registration or an ACT registration packet.
For details about specific academic talent search programs, visit these websites. (Links will open in a new window.)
- Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) at The University of Iowa
- Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University
- Joseph Baldwin Academy (JBA) at Truman State University
- Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)
- Talent Identification Program (TIP) at Duke University
- Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) at Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Development Center
ACT provides links to other websites for informational purposes only. ACT is not responsible for the content in other sites, and links from the ACT website to other sites are not intended to imply endorsement of them by ACT.
You may take the ACT no more than 12 times total.
This restriction applies even if your scores from a test date are cancelled by you or by ACT. ACT reserves the right to cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy. If you violate this restriction, your scores will not be reported or will be cancelled and your fees will not be refunded.
In calculating the 12-test total, ACT makes exceptions for State and District Testing required by your district or your state's Department of Education and tests taken as a young examinee through an academic talent search organization. Other exceptions will be considered only if you submit the request via our Retest Exception Request Form no later than the regular registration deadline for the test date you would like to be your 13th test date.
Exceptions are within ACT's sole discretion.
ACT will respond to your request within seven working days from date of receipt. (Please note: Exception requests will not be considered for students who have not already tested ten times).
You may not receive scores from more than one test date during a scheduled national or international administration (Saturday, non-Saturday, or rescheduled test date arranged by ACT). If you are admitted and allowed to test a second time, we will report only the scores from the first test. The second or third set of scores will be cancelled without refund.
You may not receive scores from more than one test date per state administration (initial or makeup) if your school participates in ACT State and District Testing. If you are allowed to test more than once, we will report only the scores from the first test. The second set of scores will be cancelled.
If you want to retest through another testing program other than National or International (for example, DANTES or Residual Testing), you must wait a minimum of 60 days between retests. If you are allowed to retest within 60 days of your last administration, your second set of scores will be cancelled without refund.
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