Online registration is the fastest way to sign up for the ACT.
What can I do with an account?
- View scores
- Send additional score reports
- Register for next test
You'll know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test, and you can print your admission ticket from the website. How you sign up depends on where and how you plan to test. Reminder: You need to register by mail only if you are younger than 13 or cannot pay by credit card.
Checklist - What You'll Need
- About 40 Minutes – In addition to choosing a test date and location, you will be asked to provide information that will be visualized on your score report to help you to explore possible careers that align with your stated interests
- Desktop or laptop with an internet connection - Mobile and tablet not recommended
- Credit Card or other form of payment
- High school course details
- Headshot photo - Now or anytime before the photo deadline
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Create your ACT student web account to check scores and more.
You can create an ACT student web account using the ACT ID from your score report, along with a User ID of your choice. Once you’ve created an account, you can also use the link below to access the log in page.
The student emails the parent receives will be identified as a copy and for parent information only. The student must log in to the account to take any action requested in the email. Note that these emails may contain sensitive information about the student and the student’s ACT record. Only a trusted parent or guardian should be registered to receive these emails.
Once the parent email has been entered, the parent will have 14 days to confirm that the parent wants to receive these emails. If that confirmation is not submitted within that time, the parent will not receive any student email copies. The student will also be notified that the parent has or has not confirmed.
The parent may stop receiving student email copies at any time by asking the student to delete the information from the Parent Email section of the student account. The parent will receive an email notification if the student deletes or changes the parent information in the account.
The parent can expect to receive emails regarding the student’s ACT information from any of the following email addresses:
To avoid losing messages to spam filters, these should be added to the parent’s address book.
To use SWS, our online registration system, we recommend one of the system and browser combinations listed below. Older versions may not work.
- Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8)
- Mac OS (10.5 or higher)
- Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher recommended)
- Chrome (version 18 or higher)
- Firefox (version 7 or higher)
- Safari (version 5 or higher)
Note: April 8 test date late registration extended to March 24. Late fee applies.
National Test Dates
National test dates are for the United States, United States territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 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 10, 2016||August 7, 2016||August 8-19, 2016|
|October 22, 2016||September 16, 2016||September 17-30, 2016|
|December 10, 2016||November 4, 2016||November 5-18, 2016|
|February 11, 2017*||January 13, 2017||January 14-20, 2017|
|April 8, 2017||March 3, 2017||March 4-24, 2017|
|June 10, 2017||May 5, 2017||May 6-19, 2017|
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.
|September 9, 2017|
|October 28, 2017|
|December 9, 2017|
|February 10, 2018*|
|April 14, 2018|
|June 9, 2018|
|July 14, 2018*|
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test date.
International Test Dates
All students testing outside the United States, United States territories, Puerto Rico, or Canada must register on the web. You must establish a free ACT web account in order to register. If you have missed the late registration deadline for a test date, you may be able to request standby testing.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|September 10, 2016||August 7, 2016|
|October 22, 2016||September 16, 2016|
|December 10, 2016||November 4, 2016|
|April 8, 2017||March 3, 2017|
|June 10, 2017||May 5, 2017|
|September 9, 2017|
|October 28, 2017|
|December 9, 2017|
|April 14, 2018|
|June 9, 2018|
Photo Submission Requirements
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. It’s easy to do, but don’t put it off. If you don’t provide a photo with your registration, you won’t be able to test. Get more information about photo requirements, format and size, system requirements, and photo upload deadlines:
To Make Changes
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
See current ACT fees for details about additional fees.
If you decide you do not want to test, your basic registration fee and any additional service fees (e.g. late registration, test center change) are nonrefundable. Fees for optional services may be refundable.
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 2016–2017 testing year received after July 31, 2017, will not be considered.
Send your requests to:
ACT, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243-0414, USA
Do you have questions about registering to test outside of the United States, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico, or Canada?
ACT reviews arranged testing requests for examinees who qualify under certain conditions such as distance from test centers and confinement to correctional institutions. For more information please see Arranged Testing Policies and Procedures (PDF).
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. See standby testing dates and get more information.
Students in Grade 6, 7, or 8
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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