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Past ACT Test Dates

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The ACT always falls on a Saturday morning (bright and early!), and there tend to be more exams in the fall than in the spring. Looking at the past ACT dates can help you plan for the next round of dates, so you know which weekends to circle on your calendar.

Since there are only six ACT test dates per year, it’s important to plan ahead! This post is a handy calendar of projected future dates, and these are the past ACT test dates from 2014 to the end of 2019:

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Past ACT Test Dates

Past ACT Test DateRegistrationLate Registration
December 13, 2014November 7, 2014November 8-21, 2014
February 7, 2015January 9, 2015January 10-16, 2015
April 18, 2015March 13, 2015March 14-27, 2015
June 13, 2015May 8, 2015May 9-22, 2015
September 12, 2015August 7, 2015August 8-21, 2015
October 24, 2015September 18, 2015September 19-October 2, 2015
December 12, 2015November 6, 2015November 7-20, 2015
February 6, 2016January 8, 2016January 9-15, 2016
April 9, 2016March 4, 2016March 5-8, 2016
June 11, 2016May 6, 2016May 7-20, 2016
September 10, 2016August 7, 2016August 8-9, 2016
October 22, 2016September 16, 2016September 17-30, 2016
December 10, 2016November 4, 2016November 5-18, 2016
February 11, 2017January 13, 2017January 14-20, 2017
April 8, 2017March 3, 2017March 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017May 5, 2017May 6-19, 2017
September 9, 2017August 4, 2017August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017September 22, 2017September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017November 3, 2017November 4-7, 2017
February 10, 2018January 12, 2018January 13-19, 2017
April 14, 2018March 9, 2018March 10-23, 2018
February 10, 2018January 12, 2018January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018March 9, 2018March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018May 4, 2018May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018June 15, 2018June 16-22, 2018
September 8, 2018August 10, 2018August 11-26, 2018
October 27, 2018September 28, 2018September 29- October 14, 2018
December 8, 2018November 2, 2018November 3-19, 2018
February 9, 2019January 11, 2019January 12-18, 2019
April 13, 2019March 8, 2019March 9-25, 2019
June 8, 2019May 3, 2019May 4-20, 2019
July 13, 2019June 14, 2019June 15-24, 2019
September 14, 2019August 16, 2019August 17-26, 2019
October 26, 2019September 27, 2019September 28-October 7, 2019
December 14, 2019November 15, 2019November 16-25, 2019

ACT Season

With plenty of seniors applying to colleges at the start of their final year of high school, the ACT plans more test dates in the fall, so seniors who need to take the test for college applications have options to choose from. More fall testing dates also means more opportunities to retake the test, if you want to try to bump up your scores.

In the spring, the ACT generally expects to fill up testing seats with juniors taking the test early. It’s a good idea to take the test as a junior so you can get comfortable with the ACT, and retake the test again as a senior in the fall. Committing to a date can seem scary, but these Magoosh posts are full of helpful hints for choosing a test date!

Score Reports

Knowing past ACT dates is also helpful for sending score reports! When you register for the ACT, you choose colleges and universities that you want to receive your score reports. BUT, if you decide you want to send more score reports to other colleges after the test, you can do that! To send extra score reports, you will need to know which date you took the test.

Scores are usually released around 3 weeks after your test date, but sometimes they can take longer. The ACT doesn’t send scores to you, but you will be able to check your scores online.

If you took the ACT with the optional essay writing section, your multiple choice scores will likely be posted before your essay has been scored, but the ACT won’t send your score report to colleges until everything has been scored.

Liam got a 35 on the ACT. Get a higher ACT score with Magoosh.

Finally, some colleges and universities may ask you to include the dates that you took the ACT on your applications, so it’s a good idea to make a note of the date you’re taking the ACT, or check out the list above for past dates. If you’re signing up for a future test, always double check the ACT’s schedule on their website to make sure dates are accurate for your area.

About Emily Faison

An avid reader and art enthusiast, Emily has degrees in English from Florida State University and Southeastern University. When she's not editing web content for a local magazine, you’ll probably find her catching up on her Netflix queue or reading a novel with a fresh cup of coffee at a local cafe.

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