Guide to ACT Registration

There are many different pieces to the college application process – selecting the colleges to which you’ll apply, gathering your transcripts and other documents, writing your essays and answer short-answer prompts, collecting letters of recommendation, and so on and so forth. In the timeline of college applications, one of the first items you’ll need to check off your list is taking standardized tests (the SAT and/or the ACT). You can’t complete this at the last minute, so make sure to plan ahead. If you’re reading this article, you’re at least considering taking the ACT. This article provides a concise guide to ACT registration.

Steps to Register for the ACT

The easiest, fastest way to register for the ACT is through their website. In order to register for the ACT, you need to…

  • Select a test date
  • Select a test location
  • Gather necessary documents
    • Information about your high school courses
    • A headshot photo for testing identification purposes
  • Have a payment method ready

The ACT website will walk you through all of this when you go to register, but you may want to be prepared, which is why I’ve written this blog post in the first place! You can click the following link to proceed to registration:

  • Register for the ACT through their website here

ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

You may have mentally decided on the date of the first (or next) ACT that you’re going to take, but an even more important date to keep in mind is the registration deadline for that test. It would be a shame to prepare for the September ACT, and then reach the week of the test and realize you forgot to register!

Here is a table showing ACT test dates and registration deadlines for the rest of this year:

ACT Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
April 8, 2017 March 3 March 4-17
June 10, 2017 May 5 May 6-19
September 9, 2017 TBA (Likely early August) TBA (Two weeks after deadline)
October 28, 2017 TBA (Likely mid-September) TBA (Two weeks after deadline)
December 9, 2017 TBA (Likely early November) TBA (Two weeks after deadline)

How Much Does Registering for the ACT Cost?

In the grand scheme of visiting, applying to, and paying for college, the fees for standardized tests are not huge, but they are not trivial, either. Make sure to register by the deadline so you aren’t stuck paying a late fee!

List of essential fees:

  • The fee for registering for the ACT (without writing) is $42.50
    • Includes score reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges
  • The fee for registering for the ACT (with writing) is $58.50
    • Includes score reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges
  • The fee for registering during the late registration period is an additional $27.50

There are other fees for various other services that may apply to you. You can view them here.

Best Time to Register for and Take the ACT

I said earlier that you should “plan ahead” for the ACT, but I didn’t say what “ahead” means. Find a brief, but comprehensive guide to when to take the ACT (or the SAT) here. The first takeaway is that your first and second tests should be the summer before your junior year and the fall of your junior year, with most of your test prep that summer (between sophomore and junior year). If that time has already come and gone for you, don’t despair! Look at the registration table above and pick the next feasible test date. Get started on your prep before that first test, with the plan to continue through the first test and onto a second one a couple months later.

Should You Take the ACT or SAT?

Whether to take the ACT or the SAT is a question that is on everybody’s mind when they are in the college application process. The short answer is that either test may be right for you, and the best way to figure it out is to start with a practice test in each, and see which one you had the relatively higher score in. Fortunately, we have some other articles that can help you think through this process. First, you can check out our guide to the “New SAT vs. the ACT”. If you’d like to start by taking a practice test for each, then compare how you did, check out our guide to converting SAT / ACT scores here.

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