You have seven ACT test dates that you could potentially use for college admissions. If you are planning to apply Early Decision or Early Action (application deadlines between November 1 and December 15), you have four ACT test dates: April, June, July, and September. You can also sign up for October as well when you sign up for September.
National test dates are for the United States, United States territories, and Puerto Rico.
Test date: June 12
Deadline to register without late fees: May 7
Late registration: May 21
More than 200,000 students apply for undergraduate admission to one of the UC campuses each year. They have an application filing period from November 1 to November 30. This means you have five test dates to choose from: April, June, July, September, and October. You should plan on September with October as a backup at the very latest.
There are some colleges that have application deadlines that run into February, or that have rolling admissions policies, which means they make decisions on applications as they come in and may continue evaluating applications into late spring and summer.
You should pick a test date that is at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarships you might want to apply to. Scores for the ACT are normally reported within 2 to 8 weeks after the test date. If you take the ACT with writing, scores will be reported only after all of your scores are available, including writing, normally within 5 to 8 weeks after the test date.
Advantages to testing in junior year: