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How to Register for the ACT

Last updated August 15, 2022

Here's everything you need to know about registering for the ACT exam. 

How to Register for the ACT

Where and when to register

Register on the ACT's website here by the registration deadline. If you miss this deadline, there is a week or so after this date to register, but there will be a late fee. Register as early as possible due to space availability at your preferred location. Test dates in the fall usually fill up quickly, so plan accordingly. If you are applying for Early Action or Early Decision, plan to take the ACT before December. If you are applying for Regular Decision, plan to take the ACT before January.

What you need to register 

  • Around 40 minutes of time 
  • A computer, phone, or tablet with internet connection
  • Credit/debit card or other form of payment
  • General information about your high school courses
  • 1 headshot photo for identification purposes

Can I take the ACT for free?

Yes! There’s a chance you may qualify for an ACT fee waiver if you meet certain eligibility requirements. You can get your ACT fee waiver from your school counselor, or a representative of an authorized community-based organization can help you get a fee waiver. ACT fee waivers are for 11 th and 12th grade students in the U.S. or U.S. territories who can say “yes” to any of the following requirements:

  • You are enrolled in a National School Lunch Program
  • Your annual family income falls within the income eligibility guidelines
  • You’re enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (TRIO programs such as Upward Bound)
  • Your family receives public assistance
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home or are homeless
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan

Studying for the ACT? 

Read here about our time management tips for the ACT. Any other questions about taking the ACT? Text us! Send #Hello to 33-55-77!

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