The ACT (American College Testing) is the United States college readiness assessment test for high school achievement and college admissions.
To take the test, students need to complete the ACT registration and submit the ACT requirements. Students need to do the following to register:
Visit the ACT website to register and create an account.
You would need around one hour to complete the registration process. This will give you time to answer questions accurately. You will be asked about some personal information, your high school background information, college plans and career choices, test date and location, and a recent photo of yourself.
2. Pay the fee. Here are the current ACT fees:
ACT (no writing)
This includes your score report for yourself, your high school and up to four colleges of your choice.
ACT with writing
This includes everything in the ACT (no writing) package, but with the added $16.50 for the writing test. The report will include your score for writing or English Language Arts, but note that this does not affect your Composite score.
Testing Outside US, Canada, or US Territories
You can request for your score report to be sent to your 5th or 6th colleges of your choice by paying $13 for each additional report.
Registering or changing your test date late or for the national test date? You would need to pay an additional fee of $29.50 to get accommodated.
You can use the following options to pay for your online registration:
- Credit card
- ACT fee waiver
- Prebilled voucher
- State voucher
3. Print your admission ticket.
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 practice tests, and sign up for lessons. This is the way to get the highest possible score for the test and increase your chances of getting into your college or university of choice.
Related Topic: ACT Test: What You Need to Know
Here’s a rundown of what you need to prepare:
- Preferred test date and location
- Career choices
- College/Universities you will be applying to
- Computer with internet connection. ACT.org doesn’t recommend using your mobile phones or tablets when registering for the ACT 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.
The 2017–2018 ACT Registration and Test Dates are as follows:
|ACT Test Dates||Regular ACT Registration Deadline||ACT Late Registration Deadline|
|December 9, 2017||November 3, 2017||November 17, 2017|
|February 10, 2018||January 12, 2018||January 19, 2018|
|April 14, 2018||March 9, 2018||March 23, 2018|
|June 9, 2018||May 4, 2018||May 18, 2018|
|July 14, 2018||June 15, 2018||June 22, 2018|
Related Topic: 2018-2019 ACT Test Dates for US and International Students
Registration costs for the ACT test (2017-2018)
If you’re planning to take the ACT test, you need to pay the registration fee. Students are not required to pay for the add-ons and extra services.
Email is an essential communication between test-takers and the ACT organization. ACT.org 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 of the student was canceled for not providing the required photo by the deadline
The student emails that ACT will send to the parents will be a duplicate copy. Students must sign in to 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.
If you don’t want to shell out additional bucks for the ACT test, you must register before the regular ACT registration deadline. This way you’ll never have to spend extra money on the late registration fee.