ACT Test Dates 2016 - 2017 

Use the ACT Test Dates 2016 - 2017 below to create a solid testing schedule. These test dates are also the same ones offered for the SAT Subject Tests (unless noted otherwise). And don't forget to read my recommendations for Best ACT prep books and important registration tips to guarantee that the testing experience is the best possible one. 

ACT Test Dates 2016-2017

Test Dates

September 10, 2016 

October 22, 2016

December 10, 2016

February 11, 2017

April 8, 2017

June 10, 2017

Registration Deadline            

August 5, 2016

September 16, 2016

November 4, 2016

January 6, 2017

March 3, 2017

May 5, 2017

**There are "late" registration dates but try to avoid these: they cost more and more likely most desirable test sites will be filled.

Test dates typically correspond to the school year, rather than calendar year. Every year, the ACT test is offered six times: February, April, June September, October, and December. Most colleges will take test scores from any test taken before December of the senior year (and some schools may also take the December ACT test too). 

NoteThe test dates listed below are for test takers in the United States. If you plan to take the exam outside of the United States, be sure to check the ACT test dates 2016-2017 for International ACT testing.

ACT Superscore: What's That?

Remember that students often take the ACT test more than once. Why? For a couple reasons. Some schools will take a super score, or your "highest combined" ACT score from multiple sittings (which almost always results in a higher total score). Some students just need a couple attempts at the ACT test to feel comfortable and relaxed. Generally, though, after three attempts, students will have achieved their best scores.


ACT Test Dates 
2017-2018 (Tentative)

ACT Test Dates

September 10, 2016

October 22, 2016

December 10, 2016

February 11, 2017 (except New York)

April 8, 2017

June 10, 2017

Register By:

August 5, 2016

September 16, 2016

November 4, 2016

January 6, 2017

March 3, 2017

May 5, 2017

Note: The ACT sets the date and registration deadlines for the ACT exam several years in advance of the actual exams. Even though the test dates have been released for upcoming years, a student cannot register that far ahead (typically in July the registration opens for the coming school year). But it does help to have the list of test dates for long term planning. When the ACT officially announce the new schedule, I will update this page with registration deadlines.

Take A Practice ACT

Taking a practice ACT is a great first step in the test preparation process. Why? Because if you take a practice test, you will get an accurate diagnostic score? It is not enough to just take the exam, however. If a student would like to raise the ACT test score, the student must also analyze the results of the diagnostic test and create a solid ACT study plan.

Scores Too Low?

Did you know that not all colleges require students to submit SAT or ACT scores to be admitted to college? If you are a strong student, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be surprised to learn that many colleges, and really good colleges, have become "test-optional". Too many parents and students dismiss "test-optional" as a possible route to college admission. But before you do that, find out more about this growing, "student-friendly" trend in college admission.

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