ACT Test and Practice Information

Students who plan on attending a four-year college or university should take the ACT exam toward the end of their Junior year.  ACT has a 30 minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT Assessment. To find out which colleges are requiring or recommending the Writing Test or to register to take the ACT, log on to  Due to security enhancements, students will now be required to upload a photo of themselves when registering for the ACT.  This photo will be printed on their registration ticket and matched against their ID on test day.


2017-2018 Test Dates (National)
Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)
September 9, 2017August 4, 2017August 5-18, 2017
October 28, 2017September 22, 2017September 23-October 6, 2017
December 9, 2017November 3, 2017November 4-17, 2017
February 10, 2018*January 12, 2018January 13-19, 2018
April 14, 2018March 9, 2018March 10-23, 2018
June 9, 2018May 4, 2018May 5-18, 2018
July 14, 2018*June 15, 2018June 16-22, 2018

*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February and July test dates.

**See Non-Saturday testing for information related to this test date.

If the college you are applying to requires the SAT, visit to see the list of test dates and registration information.

All Grade 11 students will have the opportunity to take the ACT plus Writing (college entrance exam) in April at Centennial High School during the school day.  More information to follow.