ACT is conducted around 6-7 times in a year and the students can select any test date as per their choice. The booking of ACT Test Dates 2019 will be done after creating an ACT student web account. You will also be able to change your test date in case you are not able to be available for the test. Depending on the application deadline of the college you want to apply to, you can select any specified ACT Test Dates 2019. However, you cannot take ACT more than 12 times in total.

ACT test dates 2019 will vary for national and international students. You have to check the dates based on your category. Let’s explore this post to know ACT national and international test dates 2019, what if you missed the test, how to choose the right test date, what is standby testing etc.

ACT Test Dates 2019

Below here are given the tentative ACT Test Dates 2019-2020 in terms of national and international date. National test dates are for the United States, United States territories, and Puerto Rico. Canada has started following international testing model from September 2018 onwards.

National ACT Test Dates 2019

Registration Deadline Registration with Late Fee Test Date (Projected)
2nd week of August 2019 2nd to 4th week of August 2019 2nd week of September 2019
4th week of September 2019 Last week of September to 2ndweek of October 2019 Last week of October 2019
1st week of November 2019 1st to 3rd week of November 2019 2nd week of December 2019
2nd week of January 2020 2nd to 3rd week of January 2020 2nd week of February 2020
2nd week of March 2020 2nd to 4th week of March 2020 2nd week of April 2020
1st week of May 2020 1st to 3rd week of May 2020 2nd week of June 2020
2nd week of June 2020 3rd to 4th week of June 2020 2nd week of July 2020

>>>Non-Saturday Testing: This facility is accessible to only those candidates who are not able to test on a Saturday due to religious convictions. If a non-Saturday test center is located within 75 miles then only you should register. If it is not located within 75 miles from your home (US only) then you should check the requirement for Arranged Testing (Explained below).

International ACT Test Dates 2019

Registration Deadline Registration with Late Fee Test Date (Projected)
2nd week of August 2019 2nd to last week of August 2019 2nd week of September 2019
Last week of September 2019 Last week of September to 2ndweek of October 2019 Last week of October 2019
1st week of November 2019 1st to last week of November 2019 2nd week of December 2019
2nd week of January 2020 2nd week of January to 1st week of February 2020 2nd week of February 2020
2nd week of March 2020 2nd week of March to 1st week of April 2020 2nd week of April 2020
1st week of May 2020 1st to last week of May 2020 2nd week of June 2020

 Score Reporting Dates

National or International Test Dates Releasing of Score
2nd week of September 2019 3rd week of September to 1st week of November 2019
Last week of October 2019 2nd week of November 2019 to 1st week of January 2020
2nd week of December 2019 3rd week of December 2019  to 1st week of February 2020
2nd week of February 2020 4th week of February to 1st week of April 2020
2nd week of April 2020 4th week of April to 2nd week of June 2020
2nd week of June 2020 3rd week of June to 1st week of August 2020
2nd week of July 2020 4th week of July to last week of August 2020

If you are willing to avail accommodations and English Learner supports including appeals, then you have to submit your request latest by the late registration deadline using the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. However, this facility is not applicable to standby testing. Continue reading this post to know about standby testing.

How to Request for Accommodations and English Learner Supports by US Students?

ACT always looks forward to provide Accommodations and/or English Learner supports to the candidates with documented disability. However, if you fall under this category then you need to submit your request latest by the late registration deadline. Here are is the procedure you need to follow for the same:

Step 1: You need to register for the test and indicate necessity for accommodations and/or English learner supports. Also mention the type of accommodation and/or English learner supports, you are willing to avail.

Step 2: Soon you complete your registration process; you’ll get an email with instructions regarding procedure of contacting school to submit a request. You need to forward the same mail to your school official with a duly filled Consent to Release Information to ACT (PDF).

Step 3: Now, It is the responsibility of your school official to submit your request to ACT. ACT will further review your request and send the decision to your school official. You should be contacted by your school official within two weeks of submitting your request.

How to decide the right ACT Test Dates 2019?

The test date for ACT should be selected as such it is 2 months (around 8 weeks) ahead of the application deadlines of the colleges and scholarship agencies that you are hoping to apply to. This is so because it normally takes 2-8 weeks for the ACT scores to be released. If you are taking ACT with writing, it might take 5-8 weeks for the same. Therefore, to be on the safe side, it is suggested that you choose a date 8 weeks before the college application deadline. It is also advantageous to take this test in your junior year.

#Take care of admission deadline

You must know the admission deadline before plan your ACT testing. Do proper research and find the most suitable date for registering for the test. In case you are keen to grab scholarship benefits then take care of the scholarship deadlines also. You must receive your score before the scholarship deadline.

#How much time do you need to prepare well for the test?

This is highly important. You must give sufficient time to yourself to prepare well for the exam. Taking exam with a lack preparation is wastage of time. Ask yourself how much time you actually need to take the test.

#Is there any potential conflicts on your selected test date?

 Check properly, there should not be any potential conflicts around your selected test date. If there is one then you should plan your test on another test date.

Standby Testing

In case you miss the late deadline for registration, you can still make a request for ‘standby testing’ during a limited ‘Standby Request Period’ before the test date. However, you need to pay the applicable standby testing fee in addition to the regular registration fees. There is no guarantee of seat on the standby test date and the seats are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. In case, you do not get a seat, your standby fees will be refunded.

National Standby Request Periods

Test Date (Projected) Standby Request Period
2nd week of September 2019 4th week of August to 1st week of September 2019
Last week of October 2019 2nd to 3rd week of October 2019
2nd week of December 2019 3rd week of November to 1st week of December 2019
2nd week of February 2020 3rd week of January to 1st week of February 2020
2nd week of April 2020 4th week of March to 1st week of April 2020
2nd week of June 2020 3rd week of May to 1st week of June 2020
2nd week of July 2020 4th week of June to 2nd week of July 2020

 Arranged Testing

You can request Arranged Testing only if you reside in the United States, US territories, or Puerto Rico, and are meeting one or more criterion mentioned below:

  • If your religion faith doesn’t allow Saturday testing and a non-Saturday test center is not located within 75 miles from your home.
  • No test center is located within 75 miles from home for any test date.
  • The examinee is restricted to a correctional institution on all test dates.

How to Contact the ACT?

ACT Arranged Testing 301 ACT Drive (PO Box 168) Iowa City, IA 52243-0168, USA

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. central time, Monday–Friday

Phone: 319.337.1510

Email: [email protected]

 Request for Change in ACT Test Dates 2019

If you miss your test due to any reason like illness, injury, late arrival at the test center, etc, you can request for a change in the test date. You can either log in to your ACT account to make changes to your registration or you can also contact ACT Registration to book a new test date. You will have to make submission of complete application fee and a late fee (if you are booking in a late fee period). The basic fee for the original test date will be refunded.

 Guidelines to be followed on the Test Center

  1. You can bring the following documents to the test center:
  • Printed copy of your ticket
  • Photo identification
  • Sharpened, soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers
  • Watch
  • Permitted calculator to be used on the mathematics test only
  1. You will not be admitted to the test center if you are late. The reporting time is usually 8 am (it will be mentioned on your ticket).
  2. Once you break the seal on your test booklet, you are not be allowed to request a test date change later.
  3. A short break will be provided after the first two tests.
  4. In case you are not able to complete all your tests for any reason, you can tell a member of the testing staff whether or not you want your answer document to be scored.

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