How Do I Register for the ACT®?

How Do I Register for the ACT®?

Registering for the ACT is not difficult, but it does take some time. To get through the registration process easily, you should enter it fully prepared.

Here is what you need to know:

Getting Started

The ACT registration process takes around 40 minutes. Most students register online at the ACT registration website. Plan a time when you can focus on the process for around 40 minutes; know that you need to register a month before your chosen testing date. If you are under the age of 13, cannot pay via credit card, or do not wish to register online, you can register via mail after requesting the official form from ACT. 

Taking a Picture

Registering for the ACT requires a headshot photograph. The photo must be a full face-and-shoulders shot of you squarely facing the camera against a plain background. You cannot enhance the photo, wear dark glasses, or wear a head covering. Students who wear daily head coverings for religious reasons need to adjust it so the headshot is a full-face view. The photo must be 5MB or less and at least 640×480 pixels.

Grabbing Your Information

When you register, you will need your high school code. If your school has not provided a code, it is available on the ACT website. You will also need to know which test center you wish to use and your parent’s or guardian’s email address.

Answering Questions

During the registration process, you will be asked some questions that you may need to think about beforehand. First, you will need to choose whether or not you are taking the writing portion of the test. If you know the colleges you wish to apply to, check ahead of time to see if your chosen school requires the written portion. If you are undecided, consider taking the writing portion so you will be prepared no matter which school you choose.

The registration process will also ask you which schools you wish to have your information sent to. If you know the schools you’re interested in, you can list those, but you are not required to list any. You will also be asked about your high school experience, classes you took, your interests, your contact information, and your social security number.

Paying for the Test

At the end of registration, you will need a credit card number to pay for the test. The cost for the ACT with the writing portion is $67. If you opt not to take the writing portion, it is $50.50. If you register late or ask to change your test date or testing center after registration, you will pay an additional $30.

No matter how you register, once you have completed the process, your registration cannot be canceled nor can you get your fees back, so choose your testing date wisely. Also, register early, as testing centers tend to fill up as registration deadlines get closer. Once you’ve registered, start practicing for the test so you will be fully prepared on test day.

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