ACT Test Dates 2022: Quick and Simple Guide

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June 1, 2022
ACT Test Dates for 2022 and 2023Registration DeadlineStandby Testing


Reviewed by:

Rohan Jotwani

Former Admissions Committee Member, Columbia University

Reviewed: 6/1/22

Is ACT testing required for your college application? This is your guide to all ACT testing dates in 2022. 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. 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. The ACT test dates in 2022 have five dates remaining on the calendar.  

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ACT Test Dates for 2022 and 2023  

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.  

ACT recommends that students register for test dates at least two months before the college deadline. It can take 2-8 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 ACT test dates you select are well before their deadline.  

Table showing the ACT Test Dates for 2022
Source: American College Testing

Students should note that there are no ACT testing dates scheduled in New York for the July 2023 test date. Other test centers are not affected on this date.

Table showing the ACT Test dates for 2023
Source: American College Testing

Registration Deadlines 

Students cannot attend an ACT test without registering. The registration deadline is typically 4-5 weeks before the test date. Registration is done on the ACT website. It takes thirty minutes.  

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

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. 

Source: American College Testing

Standby Testing 

Students who could not manage to register in time for their preferred ACT 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.  

Final Thoughts 

The final ACT test dates in 2022 are fast approaching; there are only five dates left this year. Securing an ACT test date that suits your schedule is very important. Be sure to schedule ACT test dates well ahead of your college's deadline. Remember to check back here for test dates and registration deadlines!

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