ACT 2019-2020 Test Dates and Guide


Posted by Alan Zhang

July 09, 2019 at 5:00 AM

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2019-2020 ACT TEST DATES AND DEADLINES

Similar to the SAT, the ACT is offered seven times a year and also occurs on a Saturday. Again, ACT test dates are clustered more closely together in the fall, and spread out in the spring in order to allow seniors a greater at attaining a higher score as college applications are due. See below for 2019-2020 ACT test dates, deadlines, etc:

ACT DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019 June 15-24, 2019
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 20, 2019 September 21-October 4, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 9-22, 2019
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020

ACT SCORE RELEASE DATES

The ACT releases two scores: 1) a composite score and individual section scores for English, Math, Reading, and Science and 2) the aforementioned scores as well as your Writing (essay) score - if you took it. The first number in each column is for the first score, the second number is for the second score. If you took the ACT without writing, you should expect to receive your full ACT score report within two weeks. If you took the ACT with writing, you should expect the full report in four weeks. See the table below:

ACT DATE ESTIMATED SCORE RELEASE DATE
July 13, 2019 July 23-August 26, 2019
September 14, 2019 September 24-November 8, 2019
October 26, 2019 November 12, 2019-January 2, 2020
December 14, 2019 December 24, 2019- February 7, 2020
February 8, 2020 February 18-April 3, 2020
April 4, 2020 April 14-June 5, 2020
June 13, 2020 June 23-August 10, 2020
July 18, 2020 July 28-September 4, 2020

PREPMEDIANS GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR BEST ACT 2019-2020 TEST DATE

Deadlines for college applications and scholarships In the same vein as taking the SAT, the most important thing to consider when deciding on a test date for the ACT is your college admission deadline schedule. Ideally, you would have taken the ACT at least once during your junior year of high school. This is because when you reach the fall of your senior year, all you will want to be focusing on are keeping your grades high and polishing up your college essays. Aim to take the September 19th, October 26th, and December 14th. For those planning on applying early, September 19th and October 26th are the latest options to choose from.

For regular decision, while you have a bit more time and can shift your testing schedule back if you need more time to prepare, I would really just try and get testing out of the way as soon as possible. Still try to take at least one of September 19th or October 26th. There is one last test date, December 14th, that acts as a last resort.

Regarding scholarships, many SAT/ACT score-based scholarships have deadlines well in advance of the January regular decision deadline - so be aware and plan accordingly.

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Posted by Alan Zhang

Alan scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT in high school and is currently studying Economics at The University of Chicago. Fun fact? I once sneezed seven times in a row (that's a lot for me okay).