Registering for the ACT: Practice Steps and Tips for Success

If you would like to study at a US uni, you will need to take either the ACT or SAT. Below you will find out how to register for the ACT and next steps for earning a good ACT score.

  1. ACT international test dates:

The ACT international test dates are: 11-12th September 2020, 9-10th October 2020, 11-12th December 2020, 5-6th February 2021, 16-17 April 2021, 11-12th June 2021 and 16-17th July 2021. There are ample opportunities to take the test! We recommend:

  • Sign up for multiple test dates.  Due to the pandemic, the ACT has sometimes cancelled registrations to make space for social distancing. Sign up for multiple dates to increase your chance of being able to sit the test!
  • ACT registration for all tests of the upcoming year normally opens in July. That means all 2020-2021 test dates are now bookable!
  • If there is still space in your test centre of choice, you can still register late by paying an additional fee.
  • You only sit the exam on one day – there are two exam day options, each with morning and afternoon options.
  • All test centres should accommodate extra time. Make sure you apply for accommodations (extra time, scribe etc) well in advance of the registration deadline.

2. ACT Registration:  Practical Steps

ACT registration has a number of steps, but A-List education is here as your guide!

  • Step One: Create a MyACT account.
  • Step Two: Fill out your profile. Note that the only required (and very important!) part is the first page on Your Information. This will be used to contact you and track your scores – so be sure it’s accurate! The rest of the information is used by ACT for research on college admissions: fill it out or don’t! It has no impact on your score and is not shared with universities.
  • Step Three: Your Test Selection section. Now we’re back to an area you want to fill in! You first need to accept their Terms & Conditions (and agree not to cheat), choose your test date and select whether or not you need to take the essay (which has an additional fee to cover the marker’s time).
  • Step Four: Requirements for uploading a photo for identification – you’ll actually upload the photo at the end of the registration process, but this page sets out the standards that it must meet (plain background, face unobscured). Note: there is a separate Photo Deadline of eight days before the test: upload it before then or your test will be cancelled!
  • Step Five: Secondary school courses. Here you add all the courses from your secondary education and the grades that you got in them (rather than all courses from Year 7, we recommend sticking with your GCSEs/AS levels/A-Levels).
  • Step Six: Score reporting options. You have the option to save a little money and send your ACT score automatically to four colleges you wish to apply to. If you definitely know where you’re applying OR if you’re taking the test very close to the application deadlines, then you may want to take advantage of this.
  • Step Seven: Future plans. Again, this is optional and is primarily designed so colleges get a sense of your interests. You are NOT carving your future or your future major in stone!
  • Step Eight: Choose your test centre, searching either by test centre name or by postcode. Signing up early is a great way to ensure you can grab a test centre relatively close to you. London test centres do tend to fill up quickly! Especially for the population test dates (September, April, June).

3. Earning a good ACT score

A good ACT score requires diligent, consistent practice: increasing content knowledge, practicing timed sections, taking full practice tests and reflecting carefully upon performance. At A-List, we provide our students with proprietary ACT test prep materials, which include valuable A-List techniques on how to earn a good ACT score by increasing accuracy and incorporating test strategy. By providing our students with weekly full-length practice tests replicating the ACT online format, we have improved students’ ACT score by 10-12 points!!

We recommend ACT lessons with one of our highly experienced, Ivy-League graduate tutors to help you earn a good ACT score. If you would like to find out more, our Client Service Team will be delighted to help you.



Registering for the ACT: Practice Steps and Tips for Success
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