ACT Test Dates

Trying to find the best time to take your ACT? We have listed out all ACT test dates below to help you choose the time that best fits in with your schedule.

The ACT is administered on Saturdays. With that being said, there are special exceptions made for students to take the exam on a Sunday if they cannot take the exam on a Saturday.

Most high school students will elect to take their ACT in the spring of their junior year of high school. Another common time to take the ACT is the fall of your senior year. Many students will end up taking the ACT twice (or more).

Summary: Find the best ACT test date for you below. Check out some ACT prep resources if you want to get a top score!

2021-2022 ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

The ACT test dates for the 2021-2022 testing season are shown below.

ACT Test Date ACT Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 20, 2021
October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021
December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021 November 19, 2021
February 12, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 21, 2022
April 2, 2022 February 25, 2022 March 11, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022
July 16, 2022 June 17, 2022 June 24, 2022

ACT Prep Resources

If you are serious about getting a high score on your ACT, try one of the following resources

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2022-2023 ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

The projected ACT test dates for the 2022-2023 testing season are shown below.

ACT Test Date ACT Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 10, 2022 August 5, 2022 August 19, 2022
October 22, 2022 September 18, 2022 October 2, 2022
December 10, 2022 November 4, 2022 November 18, 2022
February 4, 2023 January 6, 2023 January 13, 2023
April 8, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 17, 2023
June 10, 2023 May 5, 2023 May 19, 2023
July 15, 2023 June 9, 2023 June 23, 2023

ACT Test Centers

The ACT is given at local high schools, career schools, colleges and other locations.  To find a test site in your area, go to the official registration website. Tests are typically given on a Saturday. If you require a non-Saturday test because of religious reasons, there are a select number of test locations that can accommodate your needs. 

Please note that you will not be admitted to a non-Saturday test site unless you bring a letter from your cleric or a notarized statement that your religious beliefs prohibit taking the test on a Saturday. 

Picking your ACT Test Date

Typical high school students choose to take their ACT for the first time during their junior year.  It is advised that you select a test date that is at least 2-3 months before the application deadlines of your preferred colleges and universities. 

You should also be aware of any deadlines for scholarships that you are pursuing.  It normally takes between three and eight weeks after your test before your scores are reported. If you have taken the ACT plus writing exam, the reporting period is usually five to eight weeks after your test date.

The advantages of taking your ACT in your junior year include:

  • You will have completed most of the courses covered by the ACT.
  • If you do not score as well on the ACT as you would like, you can retake the test in the fall of your senior year.
  • You will be prepared for when colleges contact you during the summer before your senior year.
  • You can use your test results to help plan what courses you want to take during your senior year.

ACT Registration can be conveniently completed online. An advantage of online ACT registration is that you will know instantly whether your chosen test center has open availability.  Additionally, you can print your ACT admission ticket.

Beginning with the 2010-2011 testing year, online options were added for students with disabilities who choose to take the ACT at national test centers as well as for students who wish to test in a standby mode.

ACT Scores

ACT scores are given in each of the four tests (english, mathematics, reading and science). An ACT composite score is given as well. The ACT scores will range from 1 to 36 and the ACT composite score will be an average of the four subject area tests.

In addition, you will be given subscores for the English, Mathematics and Reading subject area tests. The subscores range from 1 to 18 and do not necessarily add up to your subject area ACT scores. The subscores are intended to help you identify areas of strengths and weaknesses within the subject areas.

Last Updated: 9/7/2021

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