ACT Test Dates & Deadlines 2024 - Your Essential Guide

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April 17, 2024
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Is ACT testing required for your college application? This is your guide to all ACT testing dates. Keep reading for help planning your ACT test dates and registration. 

ACT test scores help colleges and universities determine a high school applicant’s readiness for college. While most participants take the multiple-choice exam in a testing center, some states in the US allow online testing.  

The ACT exam has four sections, though some schools require an additional writing section. Check with the college to determine if they require the additional writing section. In terms of the length of the ACT, the standard test without the essay is typically two hours and fifty-five minutes. The writing section adds forty minutes.  

ACT testing dates are limited. Students must register before the test date. There are just a few international and national ACT exam dates left in 2024! You can rest assured, though, if you’re unable to make them—2025 has a lineup for ACT test dates. 

ACT Test Dates for 2024 and 2025

The ACT test dates listed apply in the United States, US territories, and Puerto Rico. Students who cannot attend any ACT testing dates that fall on a Saturday for religious reasons can look into Non-Saturday Testing.   

Students should register for the ACT test dates at least two months before the college deadline. It can take two to eight weeks for you to receive your results, so sending test scores to colleges at the right time is extremely important. 

Refer to the college of your choice to ensure the test dates you select are well before their deadline. Staying on top of the ACT schedule will help you stay organized and set you up for success.

For students preparing to take the ACT, having a clear understanding of the test dates is crucial. This section provides a comprehensive overview of the ACT test dates, helping you plan your testing strategy effectively. It’s also helpful to know any future test dates, in case you need to retake the ACT. 

Test Dates Photo Upload and Standby Deadline
September 14, 2024 September 6
October 26, 2024 October 18
December 14, 2024 December 6
February 8, 2025 January 31
April 5, 2025 March 28
June 14, 2025 June 6
July 12, 2025 July 4

Source: ACT

Staying on top of your ACT planning is key. To ensure that you write the ACT on one of these dates, register a couple of months before the ACT deadlines.

International ACT Test Dates 2024-2025

Here, you'll find ACT Test Dates for International Students for the 2024-2025 academic year, helping you plan your exam strategy for admissions abroad.

Test Date Photo Upload Deadline
September 13-14, 2024 September 6
October 25-26, 2024 October 18
December 13-14, 2024 December 6
February 7-8, 2025 January 31
April 4-5, 2025 March 28
June 13-14, 2025 June 6
July 11-12, 2025 July 4

Source: ACT

Navigating the ACT test schedule is essential for students aspiring to pursue higher education beyond the borders of the United States. So, refer to this guide when you need a reminder! 

ACT Registration Deadlines

Students cannot take an ACT test without registering. The registration deadline is typically four to five weeks before the test date. ACT registration is done on the ACT website. It takes thirty minutes.  

What You’ll Need to Register for An ACT Test Date: 

  • Computer with internet 
  • Credit card or other payment methods 
  • High school course details 
  • Headshot photo 
  • ACT requires headshot photos for security reasons. Students must provide a recent photo.

Students can sign-up for late registration if they miss the regular deadline. There is a late fee required for late registration. Make sure you review the regular registration 

deadlines closely, and be sure not to miss them. 

Registration Dates

It’s important to make sure you register by the deadline. Keep these dates handy! Being proactive helps you stay organized and gives you plenty of time to aim to prepare for the ACT.

US Registration Dates

Test Dates Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 14, 2024 August 9 August 25
October 26, 2024 September 20 October 7
December 14, 2024 November 8 November 22
February 8, 2025 January 4 January 20
April 5, 2025 February 28 March 16
June 14, 2025 May 9 May 26
July 12, 2025 June 6 June 20

International Registration Dates

Test Date Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 13-14, 2024 August 16 August 30
October 25-26, 2024 September 27 October 11
December 13-14, 2024 November 15 November 29
February 7-8, 2025 January 10 January 24
April 4-5, 2025 March 7 March 21
June 13-14, 2025 May 16 May 30
July 11-12, 2025 June 13 June 27

Ensure that you don’t miss the ACT registration dates. Once you miss the late enrollment date for the ACT, you’ll need to sign up for another date.

ACT Result Dates 2024-2025

ACT scores become available over a period of time after the test date and are processed during regular business hours. While ACT aims to provide scores promptly, it cannot guarantee an exact date for score reporting. Keep reading for ACT score reporting dates for 2024 and 2025. 

National Test Date Reporting Timeframe
September 14, 2024 September 24 – November 8
October 26, 2024 November 5 – December 20
December 14, 2024 December 24 – February 7
February 8, 2025 February 18 – April 4
April 5, 2025 April 15 – May 30
June 14, 2025 June 25 – August 8
July 12, 2025 July 22 – September 5

Source: ACT

Sometimes, your score might not be available on these ACT results dates, due to various reasons. This includes delays in receiving answer documents or rescheduling of the test date. 

If the information on your answer document doesn't match your admission ticket or is incomplete or inaccurate, your scores will be held until the details are sorted out. Scores might also be delayed if there's a reported issue at your test center or if you have unpaid registration fees.

Once you receive your results, you may need some help to understand it. It can be tricky to determine what score range you fall into and if you have a good ACT score

Standby Testing 

Students who could not manage to register in time for their preferred test dates can use standby testing as a last resort. This method is not guaranteed to secure you a spot. It functions on a first-come, first-admitted basis. Once you submit a standby testing request, it will be subject to seat and test availability.  

Standby requests are only valid for the ACT testing date they are submitted. Students cannot transfer an approved standby request to another date. Those who miss a standby date will be refunded. Standby testing can be requested through your ACT account.  

Here are the standby deadlines for this year and next. 

Test Date Standby Deadlines for 2024-2025
September 14, 2024 September 6
October 26, 2024 October 18
December 14, 2024 December 6
February 8, 2025 January 31
April 5, 2025 March 28
June 14, 2025 June 6
July 12, 2025 July 4

Remember that even though you may be given a standby date, it isn’t guaranteed you’ll write the ACT on your desired day. 

FAQs: ACT Dates

If you still have questions, check out these frequently asked questions. 

1. When Should You Take the ACT?

The ideal time to take the ACT exam typically falls during the spring of your junior year or the fall of your senior year of high school. This timeline allows you to have a lot of preparation time and allows you to retake the exam if needed. 

It also lets you obtain your ACT score early and on time for college applications.  It's important to check the registration deadlines and available test dates. 

2. What Is the Best Month to Take the ACT?

The best month to take the ACT is either April or October because the ideal time to take the ACT is the spring of junior year or fall of senior year. 

3. How Long Before the ACT Should I Study?

The recommended duration for ACT study varies depending on factors such as prior knowledge, study habits, and availability. However, it is generally advisable to dedicate several months to ACT preparation for the best results.

4. What Are the Next ACT Dates?

The next ACT Dates for this year are: 

  • Mid-June
  • Mid-July

Ensure that you apply for these test dates well before the deadline!

5. What Time Does the ACT Start?

ACT test-takers must arrive at their designated test center by 8:00 am. Once students have completed the check-in process and are seated, the test typically begins around 8:30 am.

Final Thoughts 

The ACT dates are fast approaching; only two dates are left this year. Securing an ACT test date that suits your schedule is very important. Be sure to schedule your test date well before your college's deadline. Remember to check back here for test dates and registration deadlines! 

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