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2015 ACT Test Dates and Registration

When is the ACT Exam Held?

The ACT test is held six times a year in the US and Canada. Four of these test dates have already passed for this 2014-2015 school year, but don’t fret – you still have two chances to take the ACT before summer vacation. Lucky you!

The ACT is held at numerous testing centers around the country, and is almost always held on Saturday.

Remaining 2014-2015 School Year ACT Test Dates

If you’d like to take the ACT this school year, here are your options:

  • April 18,2015
    • Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015
    • Late Registration Deadline: March 14-27, 2015
  • June 13, 2015
    • Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015
    • Late Registration Deadline: May 9-22, 2015


Upcoming 2015-2016 School Year ACT Test Dates

If you’re currently a sophomore or a junior, and are planning to take the ACT next school year, plan for one of these dates:

  • September 12, 2015
  • October 24, 2015
  • December 12, 2015
  • February 6, 2016
  • April 9, 2016
  • June 11, 2016

Head to the ACT’s official website for information on registration deadlines and test dates in other countries.

When Should You Take the ACT?

In general, you should take the ACT at least two months ahead of your college application deadlines. The most important part of that sentence? The words “at least.”

Technically, if you’re taking the ACT at the very last minute, you need to give the test makers two to eight weeks to evaluate and report your ACT scores. If you’re taking the Writing test (ACT Plus Writing), then you’ll probably have to wait anywhere from five to eight weeks after your test date before getting your score report. The ACT reports all your scores at the same time, so if you do take the Writing test, you’ll have to wait longer for all of your scores.

My recommendation? Take the ACT junior year. Don’t wait until two months before college apps are due to conquer this exam. That’s so stressful! And also not a great strategy. Here’s a whole post explaining why.

How Do You Register for the ACT?

There are two ways that you can register: online and by mail. Most students register online, because it’s the fastest and easiest way to go. By registering at actstudent.org, you’ll be able to find out right away if your closest testing center has space for you, or if you need to find an alternate location. You’ll also be able to print your admission ticket (which you’ll need on test day) directly from the website.

In order to register for the ACT, you’ll have to create an account. Save your login information somewhere safe, because you’ll eventually need it to access your scores and send them to the colleges you’re applying to.

How Much Does the ACT Cost?

The ACT costs too much for a four-hour test, but not that much in the grand scheme of life, college, and achieving your dreams. 🙂

Oh, you wanted to know the actual dollars and cents? Here ya go:

  • ACT (No Writing): $38.00
  • ACT Plus Writing: $54.50

Not terrible, right? Don’t forget the additional fees, which you add to the original cost of the test:

  • Additional score reports: add $12.00 each
  • Telephone re-registration: add $14.50
  • Late registration fee (US and Canada): add $24.00
  • Standby testing: $47.00 (If you forgot to register and need a seat to open up.)
  • International testing (Non-US or Canada): add $37.00
  • Test date change: add $23.00
  • Test center change: add $23.00
  • Viewing scores online: Free!

Everything about applying to college is expensive. It can be tough if you’re working to pay for your own testing and application fees. Before you pay more than you need to, check to see if you’re eligible for a fee waiver. To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in high school, in 11th or 12th grade, be either a US citizen or testing in the US, US territories, or Puerto Rico, and meet certain specific economic indicators.

If you’re eligible for a fee waiver, you’ll have to request one through your high school. Be sure to work with your high school guidance or admissions counselor to determine whether or not you’re eligible and get help filling out the form. If you’re eligible, you’ll get two waivers – that means that you’ll have two chances to take the ACT for free.

That’s all for now! Take some time this weekend to look through your calendar and figure out the best time for you to take the ACT. Then, hop online and register before you forget! 🙂 If you run into any trouble, or have questions along the way, feel free to leave me a comment below.


About Rita Kreig

Rita helps high schoolers find Magoosh, improve their SAT/ACT scores, and get into their dream schools. She earned both her BA and Master of Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego, where she also studied Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Rita loves education and marketing, just as much as she loves vinyasa yoga and baking chocolate chip cookies.

2 Responses to “2015 ACT Test Dates and Registration”

  1. Carolyn Crabtree says:

    I have not seen copies of the February or April 2015 ACT tests, but have been told that the science format has changed — only 6 passages instead 7, as all previous tests had. I am a tutor, not a parent, and unless my students order the test, I’m no able to see one. Do you know where I could view a copy of this new format?

    • Rita Kreig Rita Kreig says:

      Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks for commenting! It’s great to know that ACT tutors have found our blog. 🙂

      I haven’t seen this new version myself, but Kristin did when she took the ACT back in February. While I don’t have a copy to show you, you can read Kristin’s post on her experience taking the Feb. exam and her notes on how the format of the science test may have changed.

      I hope you find this helpful!


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