Follow the link below for information regarding accommodations.
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. Please see below for other ways to register.
Reminder: You need to register by mail only if you are younger than 13 or cannot pay by credit card.
Test Fee Per Test Option
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided when you register).
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided when you register). The $16.00 writing test fee is refundable on written request if you are absent on test day or switch to ACT (no writing) before testing begins.
Add to your test fee (except for Test Center Change).
Request online before the test date. Refundable on written request if you do not test.
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., central time, Monday through Friday.
What you need to know:
Registration or test date change made during the late period for a national test date.
Refunded if you are denied admission to the test center on test day or registration was cancelled due to no photo provided.
More about standby testing
For different date only if absent or unable to test on the original date or if registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT test security requirements. You must pay the basic registration fee for the new test date plus the test date change fee. If you request a date change after the regular deadline for the new date, you must also pay the late registration fee. Your basic registration fee for the original test date will be refunded. How can I make changes to my registration?
For December, April, and June national test dates at a national test center. Refunded if not available. More about TIR
If you are testing on a national test date and can't afford the registration fee for the ACT or ACT with writing, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. Information about the eligibility requirements and how to request a fee waiver is sent each summer to high schools. You should work with your local high school to determine your eligibility.
You must meet all of the following requirements:
If you are eligible, you may use a maximum of two separate fee waivers total. The waiver is used once you register, even if you do not test on the requested test date.
IMPORTANT: To take full advantage of the waiver, you must follow through and test on your registered test date.
Fee waivers cover only the basic registration fee for your test option on a national test date, including up to four college choices (if you provide valid codes when you register). Waivers do not cover the late registration fee, test date or test center changes, standby fee, additional score reports, or any other services.
You cannot request a fee waiver directly from ACT; you must contact your high school counselor. If you receive an ACT Fee Waiver Form, follow the "Student Directions" on it for your registration method (or if requesting Special Testing).
Note: If you register online, and register during the late period or request any additional services, you must enter a credit card to pay those fees before submitting your registration.
Alaska, Colorado, and Tennessee offer vouchers to select student populations to cover all or portions of the registration fee for the ACT. The vouchers are distributed through the schools. Check with your school’s counselor or test coordinator to see if you will receive one.
The following procedures apply:
Students enrolled in Alaska public high schools may be eligible for a state-funded voucher to pay for the regular registration fee for the ACT with writing on the February national test date. Eligible students will receive a voucher from their school counselor to submit as payment for the registration fee. By using this voucher as payment, the student authorizes ACT to report his or her test scores to the high school and to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (AKEED). This voucher is valid ONLY when submitted as payment WITH a registration. For more information, students should check with a high school counselor.
In compliance with the appropriate legislation, grade 11 public school students attending an online high school will take the ACT on the April national test date at state expense. Eligible students will receive a voucher from their school counselor to submit as payment for the regular registration fee.
In addition, students in Colorado wishing to take the ACT with writing can test on the April national test date at state expense. Students can receive a voucher from their school test coordinator to submit as payment for the regular registration fee for the ACT with writing .
The voucher may not be used to register for any other test dates. By using this voucher as payment, the student authorizes ACT to report his or her test scores to the high school and to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This voucher is valid ONLY when submitted as payment WITH a registration. For more information, students should check with a high school counselor.
Students enrolled in Tennessee public high schools may be eligible for a state-funded voucher to pay the regular ACT registration fee for the ACT on any 2016–2017 national test date according to the following criteria:
The voucher is intended primarily for grade 12 students who did not participate in the ACT Tennessee State Testing as 11th graders and did not previously register with a Tennessee voucher.
Grade 11 students will have the opportunity to take a state-funded ACT in school through ACT Tennessee State Testing in spring 2017. Most grade 11 students will not use a voucher.
Students may not request a voucher from the state or ACT. They must check directly with their high school counselor for information. Public schools in Tennessee will receive a mailing in the summer that includes all information and procedures for using this voucher.
Don’t bring these into the test room; you can’t use them!
You will not be admitted if you present any forms of ID other than those listed as acceptable. The following are examples of unacceptable identification:
A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. You will not be allowed to use cell phones or any electronic devices during the break, and you may not eat or drink anything in the test room. (If you take the ACT with writing, you will have time before the writing test to relax and sharpen your pencils.)
Sometimes students miss the late registration deadline or need to change dates or test centers after registration. While we can’t guarantee you’ll get in, we can make it easy for you to request 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 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. In some instances, additional test centers have been established that are available only for students participating in the academic talent search program. 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:
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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.
Did you know you can take the ACT test up to 12 times? Many students take the test at least twice, usually once as a junior and again as a senior.
Of the students who took the ACT more than once:
• 57% increased their Composite score
• 21% had no change in their Composite score
• 22% decreased their Composite score
What scores are reported if I test more than once?
You determine which set of scores is sent to colleges or scholarship programs. We will release only the scores from the test date (month and year) and test location (e.g., National, State, School) you designate.
Can I combine scores from different test dates to create a new Composite score?
No. You cannot combine scores from different test dates for a new Composite score.
Can I report only my writing scores or only my multiple-choice scores from a test date?
No. All scores from a test date will be reported together.
How do I sign up to retake the test?
If you are signing up to retake the test, you have the same registration options as someone registering for the first time. You also may be able to register by phone for an additional fee.
Can I combine my writing scores from one test date with my multiple-choice scores from another?
No. Scores cannot be combined across test dates. You must designate an entire test date record as it stands
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.
To re-register by phone, call 319.337.1270 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday central time.
• There is an additional fee for this service.
• To register by phone, you must have previously registered for a national test date.
• Plan ahead when re-registering by phone. You can expect longer than average wait times during registration deadline weeks. The earlier you register, the more likely you are to secure your preferred test date and test center.
• If you re-register by phone, you can print your admission ticket from the web if you have a student web account.
• If you owe any fees on your account, you will need to pay your balance due before submitting your new registration.
When you call, have the following information ready:
• Your ACT ID (from your score report)
• Your preferred test date
• Your preferred test option
• Your preferred test center
• A valid credit card number with expiration date
You’ve worked hard to prepare for the ACT, and that’s a big deal. We’re also working hard to ensure everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic achievement.
We regularly review preventive measures to ensure every reasonable effort is made to deter and detect potential compromises to test security, while still enabling the greatest possible access for students. Our security measures include:
All items brought into the test center, such as hats, purses, backpacks, cell phones, calculators, and other electronic devices may be searched at the discretion of ACT and its testing staff. ACT and its testing staff may confiscate and retain for a reasonable period of time any item suspected of having been used, or being capable of being used, in violation of this list of prohibited behaviors. ACT may also provide such items to third parties in connection with an investigation conducted by ACT or others. ACT and its testing staff shall not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Examinees who are dismissed due to prohibited behavior forfeit their registration for that test date. There are no options for refunds or appeals in situations involving prohibited behavior.
Students who don't do their own work put honest students at a disadvantage. Whether it's using a cheat sheet, copying someone else's work, or sending another person to take the test, we all feel cheated when someone tries to game the system.
All examinees deserve the chance to show what he or she has learned. ACT has designed its testing procedures to give you and other honest students an equal opportunity to demonstrate your own academic achievement on a fair and equal playing field.
If you suspect that someone is trying to take unfair advantages or encounter anything else out of the ordinary, please report it to ACT. You can make an anonymous report about test security concerns by using the Test Security Hotline.
Keep the ACT fair. Report cheating and comply with all testing rules.
Our test security procedures are designed to ensure that examinees have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic achievement and skills, that examinees who do their own work are not unfairly disadvantaged by examinees who do not, and that scores reported for each examinee are valid.
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.