Register for and Take a College Admissions Test

Many colleges require or recommend that students submit test results as part of the admission application process. The ACT is one of two national tests.

The ACT includes multiple-choice tests in four subject areas—English, mathematics, reading, and science. The tests measure students' current levels of educational development in these subjects. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay.

Most colleges and universities in the United States accept ACT test scores as part of their application process.

Registration Tips

  • Plan ahead and allow time to register for the exam.
  • The earlier you take the test, the more chances you will have to retake it if your first scores aren't as high as you would like them to be.
  • Registration deadlines are typically four weeks before the exam date. There are six national test dates each year at test centers throughout the United States.
  • Registration packets are available at most high school guidance offices and college admissions offices.
  • International testing is available.
  • Set up your student account and register online.

Test Preparation

Taking a solid academic program in high school is the best test-preparation strategy. Becoming familiar with the test will also help. Try reviewing ACT test-taking strategies and working through sample questions. If you plan to use a calculator during the mathematics section, know ACT's calculator guidelines, and don't forget to bring your calculator on the test day.

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