ACT (test)

TheACT, an abbreviation of American College Testing) is a standardized test for high school achievement and college  admissions in theUnited States produced by ACT, Inc.

There is a great anxiety surrounding the idea of standardized tests. In addition, many colleges are taking a fresh
look at the way they use standardized tests; a few schools have even stopped requiring them. Standardized test alone can not calculate your academic success. Admissions will review test scores in combination with your academic achievement and extracurricular activities in the admissions process.

 ACT Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada


Date of
Get Scores By
Sep. 8,
ACTAug. 17
(8/24 with late fee)
Sep. 24Sep. 29
Oct. 6
SAT & SAT Subject Sep. 7
(9/21 with late fee)
Oct. 25Nov. 3
Oct. 27
ACTSep. 21
(10/05 with late fee)
Nov. 13Nov. 17
Nov. 3
SAT & SAT Subject Oct. 4
(10/19 with late fee)
Nov. 20Dec. 1
Dec. 1
SAT & SAT Subject Nov. 1
(11/16 with late fee)
Dec. 20Dec. 29
Dec. 8
ACTNov. 2
(11/16 with late fee)
Dec. 24Dec. 29
Jan. 26,
SAT & SAT Subject Dec. 28
(1/11 with late fee)
Feb. 14Feb. 23
Feb. 9
ACTJan. 11
(1/18 with late fee)
Feb. 25Mar. 1
Mar. 9
SAT onlyFeb. 8
(2/22 with late fee)
Mar. 28Apr. 6
Apr. 13
ACTMar. 8
(3/22 with late fee)
Apr. 29May 4
May 4
SAT & SAT Subject Apr. 5
(4/19 with late fee)
May 23June 1
June 1
SAT & SAT Subject May. 2
(5/17 with late fee)
June 20June 29
June 8
ACTMay 3
(5/17 with late fee)
June 26June 29
Sep. 21,
ACTAug. 30
(9/06 with late fee)
Oct. 7 Oct. 12
Oct. 5*
SAT & SAT Subject Sep. 6
(9/20 with late fee)
Oct. 24Nov. 2
Oct. 26
ACTSep. 20
(10/04 with late fee)
Nov. 12Nov. 16
Nov. 2*
SAT & SAT Subject Oct. 3
(10/18 with late fee)
Nov. 19Nov. 30
Dec. 7*
SAT & SAT Subject Nov. 7
(11/22 with late fee)
Dec. 26Jan. 4
Dec. 14
ACTNov. 8
(11/22 with late fee)
Dec. 30Jan. 4


2012 - 2013 ACT Fees and Services

All fees are nonrefundable unless otherwise noted.

For information on ACT Fee Waivers, see Am I eligible for a fee waiver?

Test fee per test option

ACT (No Writing) $35.00

Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).

ACT Plus Writing $50.50
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The $15.50 Writing Test fee is refundable, on written request, if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.

Additional registration fees and services

Add to the test fee for your test option (except for the Test Center Change)

5th and 6th college choices add $11.00 each

Requested online before the test date; refundable on written request, if you do not test. Find out how much
it costs to send your scores after you test.

Telephone re-registrationadd $13.00

Late registration fee (U.S. or Canada only) add $22.00

For registration or test date change submitted during the late period for anational test date.

Standby testing add $43.00

Refunded if you are denied admission to the test center on test day, or if your registration was cancelled due to no photo provided.

International testing (required outside the U.S. or Canada) add $30.00

TheACT Plus Writing is not available at international test centers on the February test date.

Test date change add $21.00

This option can be used If you are absent or unable to test on your original date, or if your registration was cancelled due to no photo provided. For December 2012 - click here to learn more about ACT's free test date change option if your registration was cancelled due to lack of photo.

If you request a test date change after the regular deadline for the new date, you must also add the late fee. You will be charged the full test fee for your new test date plus $21.00 ($43.00 if you register during the late period). Your test fee for the original test date will be promptly refunded.

Test center change $21.00 For the same test date.

Viewing scores and score report online FREE

Test Information Release (TIR) service add $19.00

On December, April, and June national test dates at a national test center; refundable if not available.