ACT Registration And Requirements

The ACT Test is a standardized test that measures a high school student’s academic skills and readiness for college. It tests your English, math, science, and writing skills.

To take the test, you need to complete the ACT registration and submit the ACT requirements.

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1. Visit the ACT website to register and create an account.

Allot at least one hour for the registration process. Prepare to answer questions about:

  • Your personal information
  • High school background information
  • College plans and career choices
  • Preferred ACT test date and location

You also need to submit a recent photo of yourself. Keep in mind that this will be printed on your ticket and score report. Learn more about the ACT photo submission guidelines here.

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2. Pay the fee. Here are the current ACT fees:

ACT without the writing test

What you will get:

  • Score report for yourself
  • Score report your high school
  • Score report for up to four colleges of your choice

ACT with writing test

What you will get:

  • Score report for yourself
  • Score report your high school
  • Score report for up to four colleges of your choice
  • The report will include your score for writing or English Language Arts, but note that this does not affect your composite score.

Additional Reports

You can request for your score report to be sent to additional colleges. Just submit the score report form.

Late Registration

You need to pay the late registration fee if you’re registering or changing your test date within the late period for a national test date.

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ACT Fees For Non-US Students

ACT without the writing test

What you will get:

  • Score report for yourself
  • Score report your high school
  • Score report for up to four colleges of your choice

After payment, you can print your admission ticket. Check your email for confirmation.

After you’ve registered and paid for the test, the next step is to prepare for it. Get your ACT study guide, take ACT practice test, and sign up for lessons. This is the way to get the highest possible score for the test and increase your chance of getting into your college or university of choice.

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ACT Requirements

ACT Requirements

  • Preferred test date and location
  • Career choices
  • College/Universities you will be applying to
  • Computer with internet connection. doesn’t recommend using your mobile phones or tablets when registering for the test.
  • Credit card for payment
  • A clear and recent portrait-oriented photo that shows your full face and shoulders. You should be facing the camera.

You can also see our post here on What To Bring On ACT Test Day to see what are the important thing to bring on your ACT test day.

Check our ACT Test Dates for 2021-2022

2021-2022 ACT Registration and Test Dates for United States, US Territories, and Puerto Rico

Test DateDeadlineLate DeadlineOnline Score Release*
Sept 11, 2021Aug 6, 2021Aug 20, 2021Sept 27; Nov 5, 2021
Oct 23, 2021Sept 17, 2021Oct 1, 2021Nov 9; Dec 30, 2021
Dec 11, 2021Nov 5, 2021Nov 19, 2021Dec 21, 2021; Feb 4, 2022
Feb 12, 2022Jan 7, 2022Jan 21, 2022Feb 5; Apr 7, 2022
Apr 2, 2022Feb 25, 2022Mar 11, 2022Apr 12; Jun 23, 2022
June 11, 2022May 6, 2022May 20, 2022June 21; Aug 5, 2022
July 16, 2022June 17, 2022June 24, 2022July 26; Sept 9, 2022

Check our Free ACT Practice Test 2021 – Full Length Practice Questions with Explanation

Email Communication

ACT Test Dates

Email is an essential communication between test-takers and the ACT organization. will send email messages to the students, including:

  • Receipts of the registration
  • Reminders for students to upload an image and have a printout of the admission ticket
  • Test location alerts
  • Notifications if the registration was canceled for not providing the required photo by the deadline

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Parents or Guardians May Receive Emails from

ACT will also send the copies of the student’s email messages to their parents, and ACT will also contact the parents in accordance with the organization’s Privacy Policy.

The student emails that ACT will send to the parents will be a duplicate copy. Students must sign in on their ACT account to deal with whatever ACT requested in the email. Note that these emails sent by ACT may have the student’s sensitive information as well as the ACT record of the student. Only the student’s trusted parent or guardian are required to register to receive such emails.

Once a parent has entered his/her email address, ACT will then give the parent 14 days to confirm that he/she wants to receive these emails. If the parent will not confirm within the given time, the parent will not receive any email copies of the student. The student will also be notified that his/her parent has or has not confirmed.

A parent may opt to stop receiving email copies at any time by requesting the student to remove his/her email from the student account’s Parent Email section. ACT will then send an email notification to the parent if the student deletes information in the account.

Knowing ACT registration dates allows a student to opt for a test date ahead of time, so the student can avoid paying any late registration fees. Registration deadlines are typically about a month before the test dates.

ACT registration deadlines also provide a student a rough idea as to how much study time they would have before the test. For instance, if a student will register for a test date right before its regular registration deadline, that student would only have at least a month to study for his/her test.

It is best to register before the regular ACT registration deadline to avoid paying extra fees.

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