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Thomas Broderick

Is There an Easiest ACT Test Date?

Hello again, Magoosh readers. Whether you’re new to the ACT game or a seasoned veteran, you’re looking for every little advantage to improve your score. How do I find a comfortable seat in the testing room? What should I eat for breakfast? Is there an easiest ACT test date?


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So many questions, so little time.


Ah yes, is there an easiest ACT test date? Good question. In this article we’ll take a look at the test dates coming up in the next twelve months, and figure out which date is your ‘easiest.’ Fear not, I’ve got you covered.

The Dates

Before we pick the easiest ACT Test Date, we have to know our options. Here they are, but always be sure to check the ACT website for any changes:

  • June 11, 2016
  • September 10, 2016
  • October 22, 2016
  • December 10, 2016
  • February 11, 2017 (Not offered in New York state.)
  • April 8, 2017
  • June 10, 2017

Besides June 11, 2016, all of the test dates fall on a Saturday. All tests, no matter their date, take place in the morning, starting no later than 9AM.

Now that we know the dates, let’s find the easiest one!

The Easiest ACT Test Date

And the easiest ACT test date is…

Drum roll please.


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It all depends on you.

Sorry if that wasn’t the answer you were hoping for. Alas, the easiest ACT test date is different for everyone. Let me walk you through it.

The first thing to know is that no matter which test date you choose, it’s all the same ACT. Yes, different versions of the ACT will appear on different dates, yet these differences have no impact on students’ final scores. ACT spends a lot of money vetting its questions, so it really doesn’t matter which Humanities passage you read on the Reading Test, or which equations you tackle on the Math Test.

Though the previous paragraph might have deflated your hopes, don’t worry! It’s actually GREAT that the easiest ACT test date is all up to you. Here’s an apt comparison. Look at those dates again and think about when would be the best date to leave on an awesome vacation. First of all, most of those dates occur during the school year, so they’re out. The June dates are better because they take place during summer break.

If you think about ACT dates the same way, you can choose the easiest one for you. Here’s some questions to ask yourself before you choose your date:

  • Do I have any plans during or close to the summer ACT dates?
  • What classes am I taking next year that would take time away from studying for a particular ACT date?
  • On what date do I think I’ll have the least amount of other responsibilities vying for my attention?

These aren’t the only questions to ask yourself, but they serve an important purpose. Choosing a date with the fewest distractions means you can more easily bring your A game on test day. Picking that day is up to you, so put some serious thought into it before you register for the ACT.

Final Thoughts

I’m sorry that there really isn’t an easiest ACT test date. If there were, I’d shout it from the rooftops. Even so, there is an easiest ACT test date for everyone. Get out there and find yours!

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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