Whether you’re new to the ACT game or a seasoned veteran, it’s 100% normal to look for every possible advantage to improve your score. How do I find a comfortable seat in the testing room? What should I eat for breakfast on the day of the exam? Is there an easiest ACT test date?
So is there an easiest ACT test date? Sort of. Let’s take a look at the test dates coming up in the next twelve months and figure out which date is easiest for you.
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:
- April 8, 2017
- June 10, 2017
- September 9, 2017
- October 28, 2017
- December 9, 2017
All of the test dates fall on a Saturday. And all tests, no matter the 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.
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. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have one!
The first thing to know is that no matter which test date you choose, it’s all the same test. 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 that the standardized tests it offers are, you know, standardized. So it really doesn’t matter which Humanities passage you read on the Reading Test, or which equations you tackle on the Math Test; you should get around the same score on any test date.
Making the Decision
Though the previous section might have deflated your hopes, don’t worry! It’s actually GREAT that the easiest ACT test date is all up to you. Think about it like this: 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 for a vacation 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 are 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?
- When will I have finished the classes that teach material covered on the ACT? When will the material still be fresh in my mind?
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.
I’m sorry that there really isn’t a universally easier ACT test date. If there were, I’d shout it from the rooftops (but then the ACT would probably change the exam to make it fairer, so there’d really be no point). Even so, there is an easiest ACT test date for each of you. Get out there and find yours!
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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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