​What is the ACT?

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:

The ACT with writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 40-minute writing test.

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the US.

Following the science test you should expect to take a shorter, multiple-choice test covering one of the previous subject areas, Please try your best on these questions, because your participation can help shape the future of the ACT. The results of the fifth test will not be reflected on your reported scores.

The ACT is administered on seven test dates within the US, US territories, and Puerto Rico.

The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.

The ACT tests are prepared according to the:

  • Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education (1999).
  • Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement, National Council on Measurement in Education (1995).
  • Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, Joint Committee on Testing Practices (2004).


To register for the ACT test online, click the link below.  The cost is $50.50 (plus Writing).  Each university has different requirements for admission.  Be sure to check with the university prior to registering for the ACT test. 

To be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver, a student must receive Free or Reduced Lunches.  See the counselor for a waiver. 

Register Now for the ACT

Test Dates

2018-2019 Test Dates (National)
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 8, 2018** August 12, 2018 August 13-26, 2018
October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 September 29-October 14, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 3-19, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 12-18, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019
March 9-25, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-20, 2019
July 13, 2019* June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019

*No test centers are scheduled in California or New York for the July test date.
**See non-Saturday testing   


ACT offers a free study guide to help practice before the actual test.  Click the link below to download Preparing for the ACT.

Preparing for the ACT (English PDF)
Preparing for the ACT (Spanish PDF)

You can also find additional information on preparing for the ACT by visiting their website at ACT Test Prep.