Frequently Asked Questions
- Registering for the ACT—answers to your questions about signing up for the test, solutions to common registration problems, and information about circumstances that may affect which registration method you use.
- Taking the test—everything you need to know about preparing for the test, including details about what to expect on test day, acceptable identification, and prohibited calculators.
- Scores—answers to common questions about score reports, score reporting schedules, sending additional score reports, and understanding your scores.
Signing up for the ACT
General questions about the ACT
- What is an ACT Web account and why do I need one?
- What is the ACT?
- Who can take the ACT?
- What accommodations are available for students with disabilities?
- Why should I take the ACT?
- When are the test dates and registration deadlines?
- What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?
- When should I test?
- Should I test again?
- Are there any restrictions on how often I can test?
- How much does it cost to take the ACT?
- Can I get a copy of the test questions and answer key?
- I have questions about the optional Writing Test. Can you help?
- Can I take the ACT in a location other than the U.S., U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, or Canada?
- How do I pay when I register online?
- Is online registration secure for payment by credit card?
- How can I add/change/cancel my college choices/high school code after I register?
- Why was I assigned to a test center that was not one of my original choices? Can I change this?
- I want to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?
- How can I make changes to my registration?
- I’ve changed my mind about taking the ACT Writing Test. Can I add or remove it before test day?
- I can’t test on the date I registered for online? What can I do?
- Am I eligible for a fee waiver?
- Is non-Saturday testing available?
- Can homebound or confined students take the ACT?
- Is extended time allowed for examinees whose native language is not English?
- Is the ACT offered in languages other than English?
- Can junior high students take the ACT?
- What if there are no scheduled test centers near my home on any test date?
Taking the test
- What time does the test start?
- What if I’ve lost or never received my admission ticket?
- Why do I need to bring my admission ticket?
- What should I take to the test center?
- What if I’ve missed the late registration deadline?
- Can I change my test center, test option, or test date on test day?
- What happens if there is bad weather on test day?
- What if I miss the test date I signed up for?
- What identification will I have to show at the test center?
- How do I get ready for test day?
- What calculators are permitted and prohibited?
- What is standby testing?
- Is standby testing the same as a Test Date Change on the day of the test?
- I tested as a standby. How do I pay my fee?
- How do I prepare for the ACT?
- Does ACT call to sell test prep services or give information to test prep companies?
- How many questions are there and how long will the test take?
- What are some tips for successful testing?
- Which subject areas do the multiple-choice questions cover?
- How do I prepare for the ACT Writing Test?
Viewing scores online
- How soon can I view my scores?
- Is there any way to view my scores sooner?
- Why can’t I see my scores when I try to view them online?
- What can cause scores to take longer?
- Why are my multiple-choice scores available online before my Writing scores?
- After I view my scores, can I cancel reporting to colleges or my high school?
- I haven’t received my score report yet. How long does it take?
- Can you give me my scores by phone, email, or fax?
- How can I get my scores more quickly?
- Why didn’t my high school get my score report?
- Why can’t a college locate my ACT scores?
- Where are my Test Information Release materials?
- How do I send my scores to others?
- What are my options for sending my scores and how much will it cost?
- Can I send my multiple-choice scores without sending my Writing scores?
- Can I send my Writing scores without my multiple-choice scores?
- What if I want to send my scores, but don’t remember when I took the ACT?
- How often are scores reported to colleges?
- Can I send my scores to a high school or uncoded college? Can I order a personal copy of my score report?
- Can I order Additional Score Reports at no charge for a previous test date?
- Can I send scores from two different test dates as one score report?
- When will the college receive my scores?
- Can I cancel my order?
- What is the highest possible ACT score?
- How does ACT figure test scores?
- I don’t think my test was scored correctly; can I have it hand-scored?
- What are ACT’s scoring policies if there is a problem at a test center?
- How do I correct or add my Social Security number or ACT ID to my score report?
- How do I delete a test date record?
- Some of my information is wrong on the score report. How do I correct it?
- Which scores are reported if I test more than once?
- When will my college need to have my ACT scores?
- Will colleges accept my student copy of the ACT score report?
- Will anyone be able to see the essay I wrote?
- What is my ACT ID and why is it important?