Counselor Toolkit

Their Journey. Many Paths.

Get the Free Counselor's Guide 2023-2024

In this guide, you’ll find all the information you need around the national offering of the ACT test, as well as additional tools and resources to help support you as you serve your students throughout the school year. 

Get access to:

  • Downloadable calendars for important ACT dates and deadlines 
  • Season-based timelines for your juniors and seniors to support lesson planning and needs for college prep 
  • Comprehensive test prep options 
  • Important solutions to support students outside of traditional college prep 

The dates in this document are subject to change. The most up-to-date information on the ACT test is available here.

Resources for Spanish-speaking students and parents can be found here.

Submit the form below to access the counselor's guide.

Dr. Ryan Luhning - How Taking the ACT Can Help Students Who Have Never Considered College

Live Sessions Now Available!

Looking for a bite-sized approach to discovering how ACT can support you, your students, and families? Explore our schedule of live, 30-minute sessions you can attend to get the answers you’re looking for. Expect 10-15 minutes of info with the remaining time dedicated to your questions. See you there! 

Printable Resources

Whether it’s having a stack on hand in your office or having ACT awareness in the hallways, print these resources as you need them throughout the school year.


Upcoming 2024 Test Dates (National)

Test Date
Regular Registration Deadline
Late Fee Applies After This Date
Late Registration Deadline
Photo Upload and Standby Deadline
February 10, 2024 January 5 January 22 February 2
April 13, 2024 March 8 March 24 April 5
June 8, 2024 May 3 May 19 May 31
July 13, 2024* June 7 June 21 July 5

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date. See Non-Saturday Testing


Test Administration* Enrollment/Signed Agreement & School List Deadline
Paper Test Date
Online Testing Window

Initial Spring 2024

(Online Only)

January 24, 2024
February 27-March 1 & March 4-8
(Test Window 1)

Early Spring 2024

(Online and Paper)

January 24, 2024 March 12, 2024
(Test Window 1)
March 12-15 & March 18-22
(Test Window 1)
March 26, 2024
(Test Window 2)
March 26-29 & April 1-5
(Test Window 2) 

Late Spring 2024

(Online and Paper)

February 28, 2024
April 9, 2024
(Test Window 1)
April 9-12 &
April 15-19
(Test Window 1)
April 23, 2024
(Test Window 2)
April 23-26 &
April 29-30
(Test Window 2)

Important Events for You and Your Students


Webinar: Creating a College and Career Readiness Day

Join ACT experts and guest speakers to discover what a College and Career Readiness Day is and how to have a successful event at your school.

My Journey Virtual College and Career Planning Events

Check out previous My Journey sessions, and sign up to be notified when registration opens for Fall 2024 events.

ACT College and Career Readiness Workshops

Attend a College and Career Readiness Workshop

Learn more about the programs and services that ACT offers to help you ensure your students are on the right path.

Additional Resources to Help Your Students


Making the Most of High School

Testing advice and other tools to help students lay a great foundation before graduation. 


Going to College After High School

Help your students understand readiness and whether they're on the path to achieve it.


All Things Career Readiness

Help students enter the workforce, build certifications, and gain college credit while showcasing career skills.


Developing Social Emotional Skills

Resources and tips to help foster key social and emotional skills.

ACT Communication and Engagement Resources


Recognition Toolkit

ACT has built free Student Success Recognition Club Toolkits (“Club Kits”) that contain everything a school or district needs to create ACT and PreACT success recognition clubs.

Communications Toolkits

Everything you need (prewritten messages, branded images, posters, flyers, and more) to help bring awareness and readiness to school-day testing, PreACT, and WorkKeys. 

The ACT data is helping us have conversations about what our students need to be successful at when they leave our school – whether they’re going into career or they’re going to college. I think that we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of really how we can use the ACT data to serve our students.” - Vicky Roller, School Counselor (Newport High School, OR) 

Counselors like you across the country are using the ACT and the data and resources we provide to make genuine connections with students and help guide them down a path of readiness for whatever comes next! 

Read more success stories below: 

Student Potential

New York students are unlocking their own potential with the ACT.

Recursos para estudiantes y padres

¿Sabía quey padres ACT tiene recursos para estudiantes y sus padres que hablan español? Estas herramientas útiles incluyen:

  • Artículos, libros electrónicos y herramientas de planificación útiles
  • Guías para cada grado
  • Examen ACT de práctica gratuito
  • Consejos útiles para realizar el examen ACT y para tu camino hacia la universidad y tu carrera (vídeos)

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