ACT Test Dates

ACT Test Dates occur six times a school year (in most states) as shown in the tables below.  The tests are administered on Saturdays.  The regular registration deadline is approximately one month before the test date.

Most high school students choose to take the ACT Test during the spring of their junior year and/or the fall of the senior year.  Many students take the ACT test twice (once as a junior and once as a senior).  57% of repeat test takers increase their ACT composite score on a retest. 

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2020-2021 ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

The ACT Test Dates for the 2020-2021 testing season are shown below.

ACT Test Date ACT Regular Registration

Late Registration Period
(additional fees apply)

September 12, 2020 August 31, 2020 No Late Fees
September 13, 2020 August 31, 2020 No Late Fees
September 19, 2020 August 31, 2020 No Late Fees
October 10, 2020 October 5, 2020 No Late Fees
October 17, 2020 October 5, 2020 No Late Fees
October 24, 2020 October 5, 2020 No Late Fees
October 25, 2020 October 5, 2020 No Late Fees
December 12, 2020 November 20, 2020 No Late Fees
February 6, 2021 January 15, 2021 No Late Fees
April 17, 2021 March 12, 2021 March 13 - March 26
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 8 - May 21
July 17, 2021 June 18, 2021 June 19 - June 25

**Please note that no test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date. 

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2021-2022 ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

The projected ACT Test Dates for the 2021-2022 testing season are shown below.

ACT Test Dates - 2021-2022

ACT Test Date ACT Regular Registration

Late Registration Period
(additional fees apply)

September 11, 2021 August 6, 2021 August 7 – 20, 2021
October 23, 2021 September 19, 2021 September 20 – October 3, 2021
December 11, 2021 November 5, 2021 November 6 - 19, 2021
February 5, 2022 January 7, 2022 January 8 - 14, 2022
April 9, 2022 March 4, 2022 March 5 - 18, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 7 - 20, 2022
July 16, 2022 June 10, 2022 June 11 - 24, 2022

ACT Test Centers

ACT Tests are 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 exam 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 Test 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 Test 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: 1/7/2021

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