ACT Test Dates for 2012-2013
If you plan to take the ACT, consider the test dates well ahead of time so you know when to register. In general, registration takes place about a month before each test date, so you need to plan ahead at least a little bit!
If you do end up registering late, you can expect to pay a fee, so registering on time is advised. As you browse this year’s ACT test dates, remember that they are subject to change, which means you should definitely recheck the dates as you register.
ACT Test Dates
|ACT Test Dates:||Registration Deadlines:||Late Registration Deadlines:|
|Sept. 8, 2012||Aug. 17, 2012||Aug. 24, 2012|
|Oct. 27, 2012||Sept. 21, 2012||Oct. 5, 2012|
|Dec. 8, 2012||Nov. 2, 2012||Nov. 16, 2012|
|Feb. 9, 2013*||Jan. 11, 2013||Jan. 18, 2013|
|April 13, 2013||March 8, 2013||March 22, 2013|
|June 8, 2013||May 3, 2013||May 17, 2013|
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.
Don’t Wait to Register
As soon as you are sure of the best ACT test date for your situation, you should register. When you register online, you can even see the number of spots left at your preferred testing center. If you wait too long, you will arrive at the website only to find that the ACT testing location you want is full and you have to go elsewhere.
Not only can registering late require you to drive to another city to take the ACT exam, but if you get shut out it can also reduce your chances of getting the score you want. It is not uncommon to take this test a few times, and the earlier you take it, the more chances you have to improve your score.
Especially if you are applying to competitive colleges, it makes sense to turn in the highest test scores possible. Checking out the ACT test dates now and choosing one of the earliest ones available allows you more time to look over your scores and take the test again if desired.
Of course, the late registration fees alone should convince you to look at the ACT test dates now and register quickly. You will have to pay $22 extra when you register late.
Plan Ahead for Changes to the ACT
At some point between September 2012 and June 2013, there will be some changes to the security measures for the SAT and ACT exams. For example, you will need to send in a photo of yourself when you register, so be sure to factor in some time to choose a picture to use.
In addition, even taking the test standby will require some planning. Once the rules change, you will not be able to register the same day of the test. Instead, you will have to register your intent to take the ACT on standby, so you cannot just drop in like you could before.
Clearly, it makes sense to plan ahead before taking the ACT. The test dates and their accompanying registration deadlines should be browsed and bookmarked as you plan your last year or two in high school.