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The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:

  • English, Mathematics, Reading, & Science.  

The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test.  


ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.


The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).  Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).


The ACT is administered on seven test dates within the 50 United States and District of Columbia—in September, October, December, February, April, June and July.


The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.


The ACT tests are prepared according to the:

  • Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on Measurement in Education (1999).
  • Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement, National Council on Measurement in Education (1995).
  • Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, Joint Committee on Testing Practices (2004).



Students who submit a lunch ticket application & qualify for FREE or REDUCED lunch can see school counselor for a FEE WAIVER. (First come, first serve.)  Additional fees apply if you register late or make changes to your test date after registering.



Includes reports for student, high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided upon registration)


ACT with Writing: $62.50 

Includes reports for student, high school, and up to four colleges (if codes are provided upon registration). The $16.50 writing test fee is refundable on written request if you are absent on test day or switch to ACT (no writing) before testing begins. 


Additional Registration Fees & Services 

Item More Information Fee
International Testing Testing outside of the US., Canada, or U.S. territories. $47.50
Score Reports for 5th & 6th College Choice Request online before the test date and refundable on written request if you do not test. $13
Telephone Re-Registration

Call 319.337.1270

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., central time, Monday through Friday.

What you need to know:

  • There is an additional fee for this service.
  • To register by phone, you must have previously registered for a national test date or have already received a score report from State and District, Special, Arranged, or DANTES testing.
  • Plan ahead when re-registering by phone. You can expect longer than average wait times during registration deadline weeks. The earlier you register, the more likely you are to secure your preferred test date and test center.
  • If you re-register by phone, you can print your admission ticket from the Web if you have a student Web account.
  • If you owe any fees on your account, you will need to pay your balance due before submitting your new registration.
Late Registration (US or Canada Only) Registration or test date change made during the late period for a national test date. $29.50
Standby Testing Refunded if you are denied admission to the test center on test day or registration was cancelled due to no photo provided. $53
Test Date Change For different date only if absent or unable to test on the original date or if registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT test security requirements. You must pay the basic registration fee for the new test date plus the test date change fee. If you request a date change after the regular deadline for the new date, you must also pay the late registration fee. Your basic registration fee for the original test date will be refunded.  $25
Test Center Change  Same Test Date $26
Viewing Scores & Score Report Online   FREE
Test Information Release (TIR) Request copy of your test questions and answers. $20





2017-2018 Test Dates (National)

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018* January 12, 2018 January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018* June 15, 2018 June 16-22, 2018

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates.


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