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Thomas Broderick

Does ACT Test Date Affect Scores?

Good day, Magoosh readers! I bet if you’re reading this article, you’re less concerned with “Does ACT Test Date Affect Scores?” rather than “Will MY ACT Test Date Affect MY Scores?” Don’t worry, I’m writing this article with you in mind. With that said, let’s get to it!


The ACT Dates


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First, let’s take a look at the test dates over the next twelve months:

  • April 9, 2016
  • June 11, 2016
  • September 10, 2016
  • October 22, 2016
  • December 10, 2016
  • February 11, 2017 (Not Offered in New York State)
  • April 8, 2017

We have a lot to work with in order to answer your question, so let’s see what these ACT dates might mean for your score.


Different Dates, Different Variables

Like Algebra, which I’m sure you’re studying for the ACT, there are different variables for each ACT test date. But unlike an ACT Math problem, everyone’s ‘X’ (the variable) will be different. Let me show you what I mean.

Let’s say you register for the June 11, 2016, ACT. For some students that’s an excellent choice. The roughly one to two weeks between the end of school and the test gives them the opportunity to focus on their study plan in the days leading up to the test.

Yet for you, there might be a big ‘X’ in the way. It could be starting a summer job, or just getting back from a short vacation with the family. No matter what ‘X’ is, it’s getting between you and doing your best on the ACT.

The same goes for the December 10, 2016, ACT. December is right in the middle of a hectic holiday season, and on top of that are upcoming midterms before the winter break. For most students, there’s already a ton of stress and pressure even before adding the ACT.

That’s not to say that the June 11th and December 10th ACTs are bad dates. Will either (or both) work for you? Let’s find out!


Thinking Ahead

If you’re thinking about taking or retaking the ACT in the next year, here’s what I’d recommend in order to choose the perfect date.

Write down the dates on a piece of paper and think about which ‘X’ factors will or might get in the way of test success. Having an ‘X’ doesn’t mean the date is bad, all the means is that you have to know for sure that you can make time for ACT preparation and ‘X’. Some people can’t juggle both (and that’s okay!), so be honest with yourself as you ponder your different obligations throughout the upcoming year.


Final Thoughts

Going through my suggested exercise has other benefits as well. If other big events are coming up, like applying to college, for example, thinking ahead can help you plan out the steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals.

That’s all for now, Magoosh readers. Get out there and find your perfect ACT test date!


About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.

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