The 2018 ACT Calendar of Test Dates and Deadlines
The ACT is one of two tests commonly required of college applicants across the country. Although many students still take the SAT, an increasing percentage are now opting for the ACT. In fact, in 2016, 64% of high school graduates took the ACT.
ACT test dates are generally announced up to two years in advance, but they are not finalized until the preceding spring, at which point registration deadlines are also announced. As of now, test dates and deadlines through June 2018 are available, and test dates through the end of 2018 are also available, but no associated deadlines will be announced until spring 2018.
In this post, we’ll present an updated calendar of ACT dates and deadlines for 2018, along with some important information about them and our top tips for preparation and studying.
Here is the 2018 ACT Calendar of Test Dates and Deadlines!
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Fee||Complete Score Release**|
|Feb. 10, 2018*||Jan. 12, 2018||Jan. 13-19, 2018||Feb. 21- April 6, 2018|
|April 14, 2018||March 9, 2018||March 10-23, 2018||April 24 – June 8, 2018|
|June 9, 2018||May 4, 2018||May 5-18, 2018||June 19 – Aug. 3, 2018|
|July 14, 2018*||June 15, 2018||June 16-22, 2018||July 24, 2018 – Aug. 27, 2018|
|Sept. 8, 2018||TBA Spring 2018||TBA Spring 2018||TBA Spring 2018|
|Oct. 27, 2018||TBA Spring 2018||TBA Spring 2018||TBA Spring 2018|
|Dec. 8, 2018||TBA Spring 2018||TBA Spring 2018||TBA Spring 2018|
- *No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates.
- **ACT Scores begin to be released.
- Note: The dates provided in this charts are based on information released by the ACT. Visit www.act.org for the most up-to-date published information.
What You Need to Know About the 2018 ACT Calendar
When reviewing the ACT test dates and deadlines, it’s important to understand that there are two distinct parts to the ACT test registration. First, you will need to fill out the student information page that collects such information as your age, name, and address. Next, you’ll need to submit a photo of yourself to be used on test day in order to ensure that no one else takes the test for you. For each test date, you’ll need to the deadline for registration, the deadline for registration with a late fee, and the deadline for submitting your photo.
Students should also be aware that there are no test centers available in the state of New York for the February and July test dates. New York residents may still take the test on these dates, but they will need to travel out of state to do so.
Finally, keep in mind that all registration materials submitted by mail must be received by the registration deadlines, regardless of when they are postmarked. We advise students registering by mail to allow up to three weeks for their registrations to be received when mailed domestically. Alternatively, Priority Mail is a smart choice.
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