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Registering for ACT Test Dates – How do I go about it?

Howdy! I've decided to take the ACT instead of the SAT, but I’m not sure how to register for it. And how far in advance should I be prepping? I really don’t want to miss those registration deadlines so any advice is much appreciated.

13 days ago

Absolutely, happy to guide you through this process. First, you'll need to create an account on the ACT's official website, if you haven't done so already. During the registration process, you'll need to provide personal information, high school courses and grades, and interest/prospective major information. In addition, the ACT requires a photo, so you'll have to upload one that meets their specific guidelines.

After completing the necessary details, you'll be directed to choose your test date and test center based on availability. There are typically seven ACT test dates spread out throughout the course of a year – normally September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. You'll want to finalize the test date and test center sooner rather than later as spots can be limited and fill up quickly, depending on the location.

In terms of how far in advance to prepare for the ACT, it greatly depends on your current level of understanding of the test materials and your target score. Generally, most students start their in-depth prep around 3-6 months before their test date. This allows for adequate time to gain familiarity with the test format, work on test-taking strategies, and review subject-specific content. Regular practice tests are highly recommended during this period to monitor progress and adjust study strategies.

Keep in mind that ACT deadlines are usually about a month ahead of the exam date. However, there are late deadlines available for an additional fee if required. It's recommended to register as early as possible to secure your preferred testing location and give yourself ample time for preparation.

One last tip: leave some buffer time between your test date and college application deadlines. This way, if you want to retake the test, you have plenty of time to do so. Good luck with your prep!

13 days ago

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