ACT 2020 Registration Process, Dates, Deadlines and Application Cost

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    ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test used by most colleges and universities in The United States for making admission decisions. Students willing to apply into any US college are required to appear for ACT or SAT, an equivalent test. They can register for the test through online or offline mode. International (Non-US) students can register online only.

    • The registration fee for US students is USD 50.50 for ACT without writing and USD 67 for ACT with Writing.
    • International students need to pay USD 150 for with writing and USD 166.50 for without writing.
    • Late registration fee for both international and domestic students is USD 30.

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    It is recommended to students to register early as it can get the aspirants exam day and center of their choice and also save from the late fees. Before moving to the registration process students can have a view at the available ACT 2020 Dates.

    ACT Dates 2020

    The ACT Test Dates varies for US and Non- US students. Below is the tabulated test dates for US and International test dates:

    Dates for US

    ACT Test DateACT Registration DeadlineLate Registration

    ACT Score Release Date

    February 8, 2020

    January 10, 2020

    January 11-17, 2020

    April 23 – June 7, 2020

    April 4, 2020

    February 28, 2020

    February 29-March 13 , 2020

    June 18 – August 2, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    May 9-22, 2020

    July 23 – August 26, 2020

    July 18, 2020

    June 19, 2020

    June 20-26, 2020

    September 24 – October 10, 2020

    September 26, 2020

    August 16, 2020

    August 17-30, 2020

    November 12 – 26, 2020

    October 26, 2020

    September 27, 2020

    September 9-22, 2020

    December 24 – January 7, 2020.

    ACT International Dates 2020

    ACT Test DateACT Registration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline

    February 8, 2020 

    January 10, 2020

    January 11-17, 2020

    April 4, 2020

    February 28, 2020

    February 29- March 13, 2020

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    How to Register for The ACT?

    High school students can register for ACT test by the following methods:

    1. Online Registration.

    2. Registration through Mail.
    3. Standby Admittance Registration.

    Online Registration 

    Students will have to visit the official website for ACT registration –

    Step 1 – Assemble Your Documents

    • The registration process will consume around an hour of time.
    • Keep all your documents handy to refer while putting information in the registration form.
    • The spellings and numeric data should be accurate.
    • The details that will be needed are name, communication address, email address, social security number, parents’ name, their emails, high school classes and grades, digital head shot and credit card for fee payment.

    Step 2 – Visit the Official Website  

    • The official website for ACT Registration is
    • Students should use a laptop or computer with updated web browser such as Internet explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.
    • It is not recommended to visit the website through a tablet or mobile phones.

    Step 3 – ACT Account Creation 

    • Before registering, an ACT account has to be created by inputting your name, address, date of birth, social security number, email address followed by choosing a login Id and password.
    • Students are advised to note down their login ID and Password as it will be required to view the score or apply for an additional test.
    • This account will able you to register for the test, check and share your score to colleges as well. Without this account, registration process cannot be commenced.

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    Step 4 – Register for ACT

    • Start registration process by Clicking on “Register to Test” which will take you to the first page of the registration form.
    • It is the most vital page as in here you mention the details of your identity and communication.
    • Make sure not to make any mistakes while filling this page.

    Step 5 – Complete Your Profile

    The conducting body of ACT needs to know about the exam takers and their demographical status to provide them with right suggestions of careers and majors.

    Students can complete their profile by mentioning details of thier high school, educational and career plans and interests, financial aid needs and demographic background.

    However, nearly all questions are optional in this section.

    Step 6 – Select ACT Test Date

    • Once you finish the profile section you will be directed to the test registration section.
    • Students have to select the test date of their choice from the available schedule.
    • While choosing the date students should keep in mind the weather, traffic rush, strikes or any other factor that can cause a difficulty for them.
    • In this section you will be asked to mention your high school classes, grades and GPA.

    Step 7 – Selection of Writing Section 

    • ACT exam pattern includes four sections – English, Math, Reading and Science.
    • Along with these four mandatory sections Writing test is an optional section.
    • Its score is given separately. Students have to choose whether they want to opt the writing test as well or go for the conventional test only.
    • It depends on what colleges are being sought by the student. Some colleges require the writing test as well while others don’t.
    • You can check on the official website about these colleges. Those who want to apply for writing test have to click on “ACT Plus Writing”. 

    Step 8 – Select the colleges to share your scores with

    • Students can send their ACT score as and when released to four colleges of their choice before appearing for the test.
    • Sending the scores to the colleges after taking the test will cost students USD 12 per college.
    • Hence, it is advisable to students to list a maximum of 4 colleges in this section to save money.
    • Sending scores to more than 4 colleges will again cost you USD 12 per college.
    • However, you can send the scores any time by logging into your ACT account. 

    Step 9 – Choose the ACT Test Center

    • Although the test is held in the school itself but if the school is not conducting the test on the day of your choice you can pick any other test center near your locality.
    • Students can enter their ZIP code in the form and can check available test centers with the number of vacant seats.
    • While selecting the exam center students must review the location and atmosphere about the place.

    Step 10 – Review the Form Once

    • After filling all the details, students must recheck the form, it should be free from any error or misinformation.
    • Post reviewing the form students can submit the form to move to the next step which is fee payment.

    Step 11 – Payment of ACT Registration Fee

    • After submitting the form, you will have to pay the application fee.
    • Students will need a credit card to pay for the exam.
    • As of 2019, ACT will cost you USD 50.50 for ACT without writing and USD 67 for ACT plus writing. 
    • However, for Non – US students the no writing fees stands at USD 150 and with writing it is USD 166.50.
    • There is a fee waiver available subject to the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria laid down by the conducting body.

    Step 12 – Upload Your Photo

    The final step before printing your ticket is uploading your photo of face and shoulders. The same photo will be printed on your hall ticked so that the invigilator can confirm your identity at the exam venue.

    • The Photo should have a plain and light colored background with good lighting. You must not wear a cap/ hat/ sunglasses or head wears.

    • The photo should be in a portrait mode and JPG, JPEG, PNG or BMP format. It must be 2” X 2” in physical and less than 5 MBs in digital size.

    • However, you can upload your photo at a separate time but before the deadline. Failing to upload the photo before the deadline will lead to cancellation of registration.

    You are done with the online registration process. Take a print of your ACT ticket and save it for further use. It must be carried by the students to their respective exam centers.

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    Mail – in Registration

    Students who are unable to register through online mode and those who don’t have a credit card/ a fee waiver or are younger than 13 years of age can register by mail only. However, International students must register online only.

    Step 1 – Request a Register- by- Mail Form

    • Students will have to request a Register-by-Mail Form at their schools/colleges or career counsellor’s offices.
    • If it is not available there, you can also request it online at

    Step 2 – Fill the Form

    • The Register-by-Mail Form is the same as online form.
    • The same information that are asked in the online form has to be filled in this form.
    • Fill the form with all the personal and academic details along with choice of test center, test date and choice of paper.
    • Students will also have to submit a recent photograph of your face and shoulder or you can upload the photo online by logging into your account.
    • However it is not mandatory to have an ACT account while filling the form offline but it is advisable to create an account even if you are registering through mail.

    Step 3 – Mail the Physical form 

    • The filled form should be sent at the specified address at least 10 days before the ACT deadline to avoid late fees as delivery of form will take time.
    • Your hall ticket will be sent in the mail. If you have created your account you can access the ticket from there as well.

    Standby Admittance Registration 

    Students who miss the deadlines or needs to sit for the test on an urgent basis can register for standby admittance.

    Step 1 – Login in your ACT Account 

    • Students need to register a week prior to the exam day and must have possessed a ticket to appear in the exam.
    • In this mode of registration students are not guaranteed a seat but raises their chances of taking the exam.

    Step 2 – Select a large Test Center 

    Choosing a large testing center will increase your chances of getting a seat.

    There are seats reserved for standby. So a large center will have a more number of seats.

    Step 3 – Visit Test Center Early

    • Students who arrive at the exam center early are more likely to get a seat.
    • As test centers follow ‘First Come, First Serve’.
    • Hence, it is advisable to students to arrive as earliest as possible to the exam center.

    ACT Test Cost

    The ACT cost varies for US and Non-US students and also choice of paper that is with or without writing section. As of 2019, the ACT cost is tabulated below:

    Act CostUS Students (in USD)Non-US Students (in USD)
    ACT without Writing50.50150
    ACT with Writing67166.50
    Late Registration3030
    Test Date Change3030
    Test Center Change3030

    There is a fee waiver available for eligible students which can be availed by visiting the official website and apply for the aid.

    ACT Registration FAQs

    Ques. What is the attempt limit for ACT Test?

    Ans. As per the official website of ACT, a student can attempt the test for a maximum of 12 times.

    Ques. Can I register without creating an ACT account?

    Ans. Yes, you can register by mail without creating an account though it is highly recommended to create an account to view and send the score to colleges.

    Ques. How to cancel Act test Registration?

    Ans. ACT registration once done cannot be cancelled. However, you can change the exam date, test option and test center. Registration fee is nonrefundable under any circumstances.

    Ques. Is the registration fees for US and Non – US students same?

    Ans. No, the fees for US students is USD 50.50 and USD 67 for ACT without writing and with writing respectively. While for Non – US students it is USD 150 and 166.50 for without and with writing respectively.

    Ques. I did not upload the photo while registering for ACT. Can I do it now?

    Ans. ACT has a separate deadline to upload the photo if you did not upload it at the time of registration. If you don’t upload your photo before the deadline then your registration will be cancelled and fees will be forfeited.

    Ques. Can I change my test date on the test day?

    Ans. Before opening the seal of the question set you can postpone the test day on the test day.

    Ques. What is a Registration packet of ACT test?

    Ans. It is the physical registration form that can be either procured from your high school or online downloaded and printed. It is used for ACT registration through mail.

    Ques. What exactly is standby admittance registration?

    Ans. When a student misses a deadline or needs to appear for the test on urgent basis, then he can apply for standby registration. In this he can select an exam date which must be later than a week from the date of registering, and a test center where he is not guaranteed a seat but can get one. The fees for this registration process is higher than other two methods.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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