How to Register for the ACT
Last updated December 19, 2022
Taking the ACT for the first time? Here's how to register for the ACT.
Where & when to register
Register on the ACT's website by your test's registration deadline. We recommend registering as early as possible. If you miss your tests's registration deadline, you can register 1-2 weeks after the deadline date, but for an additional late fee. If you're a high school senior planning on applying to college through Early Action or Early Decision, we recommend taking the ACT before December. If you're applying through Regular Decision, we recommend taking 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
ACT fee waivers
The ACT offers fee waivers, which allow eligible students to take the exam for free. Students that qualify for fee waivers will also receive access to the ACT's free study and learning resources. Fee waivers are available to 11 th and 12th graders in the U.S. or U.S. territories who meet at least one of the following requirements:
- You are enrolled in a free or reduced-price lunch program at school
- You’re enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (such as GEAR UP or Upward Bound)
- You reside in a foster home, are a ward of the state, or are homeless
- Your family receives low-income public assistance or lives in federally subsidized public housing
- Your family's total annual income is at or below USDA levels for free or reduced-price lunches
Not sure if you qualify for a fee waiver? Ask a counselor or educator at your school.
Studying for the ACT?
Read here about our time management tips for the ACT.
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