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ACT Registration: Tips and Tricks
Ready to register for the ACT? Learn what you need to do and decide before ACT registration.
1. How to Register for the ACT
The fastest way to register is online, through your ACT Web Account. You can also obtain a registration packet at your high school guidance office. (Note: if you’re taking the ACT outside of the United States, be sure to register through ACT’s International portal.)
2. Bookmark ACT.org
You will start at this ACT portal to view test dates, fees, and deadlines. You can also research the requirements and processes to apply for extended time or other accommodations. Use the ACT site to access your account, register, view your scores, and order score reports.
3. Keep an eye on ACT registration dates
Don’t let your perfect test date pass you by. Make sure to check registration deadlines, so that you’re able to sign up for test day you want. We’ve got the 2019-2020 ACT registration and test dates right here.
4. Decide if you will take the ACT Plus Writing
The ACT essay is optional so it’s up to you to decide if you will register for the ACT Plus Writing or the ACT (No Writing) . Some schools you end up applying to may require ACT writing scores, so we recommend you take ACT Plus Writing.
5. Decide if you will take the ACT on paper or on the computer
Starting in September 2020, you can take the ACT either on paper or on the computer. For most students, we recommend sticking to pencil and paper. However, you may find that you perform better on the computer. Additionally, you will receive your scores in about two business days after you take the ACT on the computer. Keep checking princetonreview.com for the latest information about the ACT computer-based test.
6. Check the site for the latest information about fees
The ACT Plus Writing costs more than the ACT without writing, but ACT also offers a fee waiver service. While you can choose four schools to send a score report to at no charge, there are fees for score reports sent to additional schools.
7. ACT’s Registration Survey? Not required.
The registration process includes filling out ACT’s survey on your grades and interests, but you are not required to answer these questions. To save time, you can choose to provide only the required information, marked by an asterisk.
8. Sign up for the optional Test Information Release
This is a great tool to help you prepare if you decide to retake the ACT . Six to eight weeks after the test, you’ll receive a copy of the test and your answers. This service costs an additional fee and is available only for December, April, or June test dates. You can order the Test Information Release up to 3 months after the test date, but it’s easier to order it at the time you register.
9. Make a plan to prep
Now that you’re officially signed up for the ACT, it’s time to get to work. How you’ll prep will depend on the amount of time you have to study and what you need to work on.
10. Retake all (or part!) of the ACT
Starting in September 2020, students will have the option of retaking a single test (English, Math, Reading, Science, or Writing) of the ACT, rather than needing to take the entire ACT. Furthermore, ACT will also begin SuperScoring students’ scores automatically.
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