How and When Do You Register to Take the ACT Test?


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Students normally register for the ACT online at ACTStudent.org at least one month prior to the desired test date. Most testing centers administer the ACT on six Saturdays each calendar year. The ACT website provides a list of upcoming test dates as well as detailed registration instructions.

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To register for the ACT, students first create an online ACT account. Once registered, students choose the desired test date and test option. Options as of 2015 include the ACT alone or the ACT plus writing.

Students must complete an extensive survey of their high school classes; they can also select colleges to which they want their scores sent. After providing information on their intended college major and occupation, students select the desired test center. Students confirm their selections and then pay with a credit card. After payment is accepted, they must submit a suitable photograph that confirms their identity on the ACT admission ticket. The final step in registration is printing out the admission ticket.

Students who are younger than 13 or who do not have a credit card register for the ACT by mail. Students requesting accommodations such as extended time must register online and submit additional documentation. The ACT also reviews requests for alternative test arrangements to accommodate homebound students, non-Saturday religious exemptions and other special circumstances.

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