ACT has postponed the launch of online testing. ACT remains focused on increasing seat capacity for fall test dates at in-person centers.

June 25 UPDATE

ACT has added three additional test dates this fall to help meet increased demand created by COVID-19 cancellations and reduced center capacity due to social distancing. The new dates are September 19, October 10, and October 17.

ACT is also opening up Sunday test dates to all students during September and October 2020 only. After October, non-Saturday test dates will again be available only for students who cannot test on a Saturday because of religious convictions.

There are now 8 ACT test dates this fall, and registration for all dates will open in late July.

Remaining 2020 test dates are:

  • Saturday, September 12
  • Sunday, September 13
  • Saturday, September 19
  • Saturday, October 10
  • Saturday, October 17
  • Saturday, October 24
  • Sunday, October 25
  • Saturday, December 12

June 22 UPDATE

ACT is preparing for greater testing capacity in July as more states and communities “open up.” Students registered for the July test should expect an update on their test center status by the end of June.

Registration for fall 2020 and spring 2021 test dates will open at the end of July.

Section retesting, the option to retake one section of the ACT test at a time, has been postponed to focus on testing capacity for those who need to take the full test.

Online test taking will be available at select centers this fall; this allows for faster turnaround of scores which will particularly benefit seniors working to meet application deadlines. A remote proctoring solution will also be available on a limited basis last fall or early winter; more details on this will be announced later.

ACT will report a superscore for students who have taken the test more than once. This gives colleges the option to use the best scores from all tests taken, not just from one sitting.

ACT will now offer four fee waivers to qualifying students (up from the previous two) and unlimited free score reports are available to students who have taken the test with a fee waiver.


The June 13 test is still scheduled to take place in many locations. A list of center cancellations and additional information can be found on the ACT website.

Plans are underway to allow students to take the ACT at home via remote proctoring either late this year or early next.

Registration for the July 18 ACT is currently open; please note that no NY centers are scheduled for this date. Registration for test dates in September and later will open in July.

April 3 UPDATE

ACT has postponed its April test date to June 13 in response to Covid-19 closures. Students who registered for the April test date have the option to reschedule to June 13 or a future ACT test date.

For rising seniors, cancelled test dates have a big impact: every cancelled test date means that there is one less chance to improve test scores. When students are eventually able to take the ACT, they may have fewer opportunities to retest, so the stakes for each remaining test date will be higher.

There is good news, though:

  • Students who had intended to test in April will have more time to prepare for the test. The stakes will be higher on future test dates, but you’ll also be much better prepared.
  • ACT prep is available online, helping students to not only improve their ACT scores but also to remain academically engaged during school closures.

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