ACT Test Registration

Online Registration

Register now, or read below for more information about the registration process.

Dates, Locations, and Fees

International Test Dates

International test dates are for the all countries outside of the US, and US territories. This includes Canada, beginning in September of 2018. All students testing outside the United States, United States territories, or Puerto Rico, must register on the web. You must establish a free ACT web account in order to register.

New to International Test Dates: If you have missed the on-time registration deadline for a test date, you will have the option to pay a late registration fee and test at your desired location, if a seat is available. There will no longer be a standby testing option at international test centers.

All requests for accommodations, including appeals, must be submitted by the late registration deadline through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system.

For each of the two days within a testing window, there will be morning and afternoon sessions offered. Session availability may vary by test center.


2020-2021 Test Dates

Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Fee Required
7 - 8 February 202017 January 202018 January - 31 January 2020
3 - 4 April 202027 March 2020(no late fee)
12 - 13 June 202022 May 202023 May - 5 June 2020
17 - 18 July 202026 June 202027 June - 10 July 2020
11 - 12 September 202021 August 202022 August - 4 September 2020
9 - 10 October 202018 September 202019 September - 2 October 2020
11 - 12 December 202020 November 202021 November - 4 December 2020
5 - 6 February 202115 January 202116 January - 29 January 2021
16 - 17 April 202126 March 202127 March - 9 April 2021
11 - 12 June 202121 May 202122 May - 4 June 2021
16 - 17 July 202125 June 202126 June - 9 July 2021


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Wondering how much the ACT will cost? See current ACT fees for details about additional fees.

If you decide you do not want to test, your basic registration fee and any additional service fees (e.g. late registration, test center change) are nonrefundable. Fees for optional services may be refundable.

What Can I Do With a MyACT Account?

  • Register
  • View scores
  • Send additional score reports
  • Register for next test

You will know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test. How you sign up depends on where and how you plan to test. 

Checklist - What You Will Need

  • About 30 Minutes – In addition to choosing a test date and location, you will be asked to provide information that will be visualized on your score report to help you to explore possible careers that align with your stated interests
  • Credit card or other form of payment 
  • Details of courses you have taken, including the title, and the marks you received

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The ACT with Writing

Find out what colleges have decided about the ACT with Writing and whether or not it is required for admission at the college where you want to attend.

Need Accommodations?

Before you register, learn more about the request for accommodations process - in 3 easy steps!

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Technical Requirements

To use MyACT, our registration system, we recommend one of the system and browser combinations listed below. Older versions may not work. This new system is also mobile-friendly, for your convenience.

Operating System

  • Windows (XP, Vista, 7, or 8)
  • Mac OS (10.5 or higher) 


  • Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher recommended)
  • Chrome (version 18 or higher)
  • Firefox (version 7 or higher)
  • Safari (version 5 or higher)


Registration Changes

To Make Changes

You can make changes to your registration through your MyACT web account. The kinds of changes that can be made include:

  • Adding or removing the writing test
  • Changing your test date
  • Changing your test location
  • Updating your personal information
  • Adding or changing your college choices
  • Correcting high school code

How can I make changes to my registration?

You should expect to be able to make any changes to your account through the late registration deadline for your test date. Once registration is closed for a test date you will not be able to make changes to your registration for that test date. Typically registration closes one week prior to a test date. View Registration Deadlines.

After this deadline, if you decide you do not want to test, your basic registration fee and certain service fees (e.g. late registration, test center change) are nonrefundable.

Missed the Test

If you miss the test for any reason, including illness, injury, being denied admission at the test center for lack of ID, or late arrival, you may request a refund for optional services only.

IMPORTANT: After this deadline has passed, you cannot later request a test date change. You must register again and pay the full fee for your test option if you want to retest.

Request a refund for optional services

If you do not test and do not make a test date change, the following fees for optional services are refundable if you ordered and paid for the services when you registered:

  • Score reports for 5th and 6th college codes
  • ACT writing test

To request a refund of these optional services, submit a contact us form in MyACT. Refunds will be issued about eight weeks after your scheduled test date and will be issued as a credit to the credit card with which the test was purchased. Requests for refunds for the 2018–2019 testing year received after August 30, 2019, will not be considered.


Retesting Restrictions

You may take the ACT no more than 12 times total. This restriction applies even if your scores from a test date are cancelled by you or by ACT. ACT reserves the right to cancel your registration, rescind your admission ticket, or take any other steps necessary to enforce this policy. If you violate this restriction, your scores will not be reported or will be cancelled and your fees will not be refunded.

In calculating the 12-test total, ACT makes exceptions for State and District Testing required by your district or your state's Department of Education and tests taken as a young examinee through an academic talent search organization. Other exceptions will be considered only if you submit the request via our Retest Exception Request Form no later than the regular registration deadline for the test date you would like to be your 13th test date.

Exceptions are within ACT's sole discretion. ACT will respond to your request within seven working days from date of receipt. (Please note: Exception requests will not be considered for students who have not already tested ten times).

You may not receive scores from more than one test date during a scheduled national or international administration (Saturday, non-Saturday, or rescheduled test date arranged by ACT). If you are admitted and allowed to test a second time, we will report only the scores from the first test. The second or third set of scores will be cancelled without refund.

You may not receive scores from more than one test date per state administration (initial or makeup) if your school participates in ACT State and District Testing. If you are allowed to test more than once, we will report only the scores from the first test. The second set of scores will be cancelled.

If you want to retest through another testing program other than National or International (for example, DANTES or Residual Testing), you must wait a minimum of 60 days between retests. If you are allowed to retest within 60 days of your last administration, your second set of scores will be cancelled without refund.

Terms and Conditions

For complete details, refer to the Terms and Conditions (PDF).