Take the ACT on October 23!

The final deadline to register is October 1. Late fee applies.

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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.

Photo requirements

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

Requesting Accommodations

Consider choosing a test date at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarship agencies you might want to apply to.

Scores for the ACT are normally reported within 2–8 weeks after the test date. If you take the ACT with writing, scores will be reported only after all of your scores are available, including writing, normally within 5–8 weeks after the test date.

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You may need this code when interacting with ACT.

High School Codes Lookup

The writing test is an optional 40 minute essay that measures your skills as a writer.

Learn more about the ACT with Writing.

You may opt to send copies of important messages to a parent or guardian email address.

Learn More About the Parent Email Address

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

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.

Test Dates

National test dates are for the United States, US territories, and Puerto Rico. If you have missed the late registration deadline for a test date, you may be able to request standby testing.

If you are unable to test on a Saturday test date for religious reasons, there may be options available to you. See Non-Saturday 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 available for standby testing.

2021-2022 Test Dates (National)

Test Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
Late Fee Applies
Standby Deadline
Photo Upload Deadline
September 11, 2021 August 6 August 20 September 3
October 23, 2021 September 17 October 1 October 15
December 11, 2021 November 5 November 19 December 3
February 12, 2022 January 7 January 21 February 4
April 2, 2022
February 25
March 11
March 25
June 11, 2022 May 6 May 20 June 3
July 16, 2022 June 17 June 24 July 8

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

How Much Does the ACT Cost?

Learn more about fees and other services, or if you might be eligible for a fee waiver.

ACT Fees

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
 

After you register for a test event, you will be able to make changes to your record. For a small fee, you can make a test center change and a test date change (if changes are made at the same time).

Test Center Change for the same test date - If a seat and materials are available for your test option at your new preferred test center on your preferred test date, you will be able to make a test center change.  You cannot request a test center change after the late registration deadline. Instead, find out about requesting standby testing.

Test Date Change - A test date change can be used to sign up for a different test date if you are absent or unable to test on the original test date or if your registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT's test security requirements.

Note: If you paid with an ACT Fee Waiver, the waiver will be reapplied to your new test date, but covers only the test fee or late fee for your test option, you must still pay the change fee.

Test Option Change – Before the late registration deadline, you can add the writing option, if a seat is available. After the late registration deadline, you can only remove the writing option. If you decide to not take the writing test on the day of the test event, you must contact ACT in order to receive a refund.

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 MyACT 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 2020-2021 testing year received after August 31, 2021 will not be considered.

Send your requests to:
ACT, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243-0414, USA
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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

Terms and Conditions

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