The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test that measures what a student has learned in school. This standardized test is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and helps them evaluate candidates.

COVID 19 Update from ACT: For the 2020 to 2021 school year, ACT added additional National Test Dates to accommodate increased social distancing and offer students more options to test if their registration was cancelled due to test site issues. For the 2021-2022 school year, ACT currently plans to follow the pre-COVID testing schedule, offering the exam in June, July, September, October, December, February, and April. To get the latest information on ACT testing during the pandemic, make sure to check here.


2020-2021 ACT Test Dates and Registration

ACT TEST DATEACT
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ESTIMATED SCORE RELEASE DATES PREP DATES
June 12, 2021 May 07, 2021 June 22 - August 06, 2021 N/A
July 17, 2021* June 18, 2021 July 27 - September 10, 2021 June

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

2021-2022 ACT Test Dates and Registration

ACT TEST DATEACT
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DATES
ESTIMATED SCORE RELEASE DATESPREP DATES
September 11, 2021 August 06, 2021 September 27-November 05, 2021 June, July, August
October 23, 2021 September 17, 2021 November 09-December 30, 2021 July, August, September
December 11, 2021 November 05, 2021 December 21, 2021-February 04, 2022 August, September, October
February 12, 2022 January 07, 2022 February 25-April 07, 2022 October
April 02, 2022 February 25, 2022 April 12-June 23, 2022 TBD
June 11, 2022 May 06, 2022 June 21-August 05, 2022 TBD
July 16, 2022* June 17, 2022 July 26-September 09, 2022 TBD

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

Note: Multiple choice scores are normally available within two weeks after each national test date, but it can sometimes take up to eight weeks. Writing scores are normally available about two weeks after your multiple-choice scores. For more information regarding ACT score release dates, please visit www.act.org.


How to Register for the ACT

You can register online for the ACT, a process which takes about 40 minutes. First, find a test date that works for you, and make sure that you register early, before the deadline. To do so, you'll need the following:

The ACT can be taken with or without the writing portion. To determine if you need it, find out if the colleges you're applying to require it. When you register, you can opt into ACT’s Educational Opportunity Service, which will connect you with financial institutions and colleges based on your interests and future plans.

Be sure to print out your ticket to the test center after you register, as you'll need it to take the ACT.


When to Take the ACT

The ACT can be taken as early as grade six. However, most students take the test for the first time during the spring of their junior year. Scores are provided anywhere from two to eight weeks after the test. Those unsatisfied with their scores will then have enough time to retake the ACT during the fall of their senior year.


When to Start Preparing for the ACT

Depending on when you're planning to take the ACT, it's never too soon to begin the prep process. However, the majority of students take their preparations more seriously in the spring and summer before their junior year. If you do the same, you'll be ready to take the test in the spring of your junior year. This plan also gives you enough time if you want to retake the ACT in the fall of your senior year. Whenever you start, make sure you are taking the ACT when you have a window of 3-4 months to dedicate to continuous prep and to allow you to retake the test if needed.

How to Prepare for the ACT

The ACT is directly related to the high school courses you're currently taking — English, math, reading and science. As you attend classes and work hard to excel, you're actually preparing to do well on the ACT. However, to get a top score, you'll want to turn to the trusted results provided by The Princeton Review. You can take our free practice test online. After that, we'll give you your personalized report that lets you know which areas you're strong in and which areas need improvement.

The best way to prepare for the test is to sign up for our ACT Prep course. Our team has over 40 years of experience teaching the ACT and can ensure you get the maximum results in a minimum amount of time.

What to Do on Test Day

The best thing you can do for yourself on your ACT test day is to be calm and prepared. During the test and the breaks, you cannot use a prohibited electronic device or cell phone. If you do, you'll be dismissed, and your test will not be scored. However, there are a few things you should be sure to bring with you, including:

Come early the day of your test. The center opens at 7:45 a.m., and doors close promptly at 8 a.m. If you're late, you will not be admitted. Once you break the seal on your booklet, the test has begun. There are four separate tests covering English, math, reading and science. ACT also tries out new questions on National Test Dates. These may appear in a fifth test or within each of the four regular test sections. These questions help ACT develop future tests but are not reflected in your score.

After the first two tests, you'll be allowed to leave the room for a short break. During this time, cell phones and other electronic devices are still prohibited. Once the test administrator collects all the test booklets, students are dismissed.

If you took the ACT® with writing, multiple-choice scores are posted first, and your writing scores will be posted online as soon as they are ready. For more information regarding ACT score release dates, please visit www.act.org.


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