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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.
|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|
|April 4, 2020||February 28, 2020||February 29-March 13, 2020|
|June 13, 2020||May 8, 2020||May 9-22, 2020|
|July 18, 2020*||June 19, 2020||June 20-26, 2020|
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 12, 2020|
|October 24, 2020|
|December 12, 2020|
|February 6, 2021|
|April 17, 2021|
|June 12, 2021|
|July 17, 2021*|
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.
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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.
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 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 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
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.