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.

2019 - 2020 ACT Test Dates and Registration

September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 September 24 - November 8, 2019 July
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 November 12 - December 30, 2019 August
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 December 26, 2019 - February 7, 2020 October
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 February 25 - April 3, 2020 December
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 April 14 - May 29, 2020 February
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 June 23 - August 7, 2020 April
July 18, 2020* June 19, 2020 July 28 - August 31, 2020 May

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date.

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

2018 - 2019 ACT Test Dates and Registration

September 8, 2018 August 10, 2018 September 18, 2018
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 November 13, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 December 18, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 February 20, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 April 23, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 June 18, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 July 23, 2019

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.

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 35 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, as well as a fifth test that helps develop future ACTs but is 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.

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.
**No test centers are scheduled in New York or California for the July test date.
For more information regarding ACT score release dates, please visit

Confirm ACT dates and get information on ACT test registration today! You can also call 319-337-1270.