ACT Registration Information

Helpful things to know when registering for the ACT.

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Additional Information for Registration

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.

Photo requirements

Before you register, learn more about the process to request accommodations or English Learner (EL) supports.

Requesting Accommodations

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Operating systems: Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8) Mac OS (10.5 or higher) 

Browsers: Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher), Chrome (version 18 or higher), Firefox (version 7 or higher), Safari (version 5 or higher)

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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.

Check Requirements

This is an optional but important communication link between the student and ACT.

Learn More About the Parent Email Address

To learn what calculators can be used during the test, see our Calculator Policy (PDF).

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.

All requests for accommodations and English Learner supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the late registration deadline through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. Accommodations and English learner supports are not available for standby testing.

2019-2020 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 27, 2019 September 28-October 8, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020
May 9-22, 2020 - Late fees waived
July 18, 2020*
June 19, 2020
June 20-26, 2020
     

 

2020-2021 Test Dates (National)
National Test Dates for 2020-2021 will not open for registration until July 2020.
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 12, 2020 August 14 August 15 -August 28
October 24, 2020 September 18 September 19 - October 2
December 12, 2020 November 6 November 7 - November 20
February 6, 2021 January 8 January 9 - January 15
April 17, 2021 March 12 March 13 - March 26
June 12, 2021 May 7 May 8 - May 21
July 17, 2021* June 18 June 19 - June 25

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

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How Much Does the ACT Cost?

Wondering how much the ACT will cost, or if you are eligible for a fee waiver? 

Remember, you are success! Create your own success and don’t let anything stop you. If you’re having trouble paying for the ACT test, learn more about our fee waiver program and free learning resources.

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. 

Special Circumstances
 

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.

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 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 act-reg@act.org 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 2019-2020 testing year received after August 31, 2020 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.

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.

Standby Testing Dates

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.

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.

Terms and Conditions

For complete details, refer to the Terms and Conditions (PDF).