Along with the SAT, the ACT exam is widely used by colleges across the country to evaluate prospective students. Here are the registration deadlines, test dates, and fees for the 2012–2013 academic year.
Registration for the ACT must be done online on the ACT website. The site provides further information, such as alternative registration methods and fee waivers. Certain groups of students (like those with disabilities or those requesting a fee waiver) can register by mail.
The registration fee for the ACT is $35 and includes sending your scores to up to four colleges. You can have your scores sent to more colleges for $11 per school. Additional fees, such as for late registration or a change of test date, are listed on actstudent.org.
The ACT offers an additional Writing Test, which only some colleges require. Check with the colleges you are considering to see if they require this test before registering for the ACT. The fee for the Writing Test is $15.50
Scores are generally available online about two and a half weeks after the test date. ACT will mail your test score report to you within three to eight weeks after you take the test. The score report will show your scores from a single test date, including your scores for the individual tests and your combined score. You can choose which test dates to send to a college. (Be aware that some colleges may want to see scores from all your test dates.)
After registering comes all the "fun" of preparing and studying. Register as early as you can so that you'll have a chance to take the test again if you want. Good luck!
ACT Test Dates for 2012–2013
|September 8, 2012||August 17, 2012||August 18–24, 2012|
|October 27, 2012||September 21, 2012||September 22–October 5, 2012|
|December 8, 2012||November 2, 2012||November 3–16, 2012|
|February 9, 2013
(no tests scheduled in New York)
|January 11, 2013||January 12–18, 2013|
|April 13, 2013||March 8, 2013||March 9–22, 2013|
|June 8, 2013||May 3, 2013||May 4–17, 2013|