Learn More About The ACT Registration Process Today

By Huntington Learning Center

Understanding the ACT Registration Process

The new school year is upon us and it is nearly time to confirm the details of your ACT registration. If you are planning to take the ACT exam this year it is never too early to prepare for the registration process. Understanding as much as you can about the exam is important to ensure the registration process goes smoothly and you can focus on your academic preparation.

ACT Examination Information:

  • The ACT is administered on six national test dates. The test dates for the 2013 - 2014 school year can be found here and on the Huntington Helps website:
    • September 21, 2013
    • October 26, 2013
    • December 14, 2013
    • February 8, 2014
    • April 12, 2014
    • June 14, 2014
  • Plan ahead when registering for the ACT. The registration deadline is typically four weeks before the exam date. You can register after the deadline but will be assessed a late fee.
  • There are fees associated with the ACT exam. A fee of $36.50 includes the ACT exam (no writing) plus reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges. The ACT Plus Writing requires a fee of $52.50 which includes a report for you, your high school, and up to four colleges. There are additional fees assessed for additional college reports, standby testing, telephone re-registration, testing changes, and international testing.

Registering online:

  • Online registration is recommended unless you have extenuating circumstances that require registration by mail. The ACT registration process is secure and you can be confident that your personal information is kept private.
  • You will first need to create an ACT Web account. This is where you will register, verify testing center details, receive score reports, and determine the colleges that will receive your reports. 
  • The ACT Web account initiation will require you to create a log-in and password for future use. Make sure you take note of both of these so you will always have access to the site.
  • You will know instantly whether your preferred testing center has available space for you. You will also be able to print your admission ticket directly from your ACT Web account.
  • The ACT now requires a clear photo with a new registration. You must upload a clear photo of yourself against a light background before your registration is complete. This photo is used as a means of verifying identification on the testing day and on the score report that your high      school will receive. The ACT website contains full quality and technical requirements for your uploaded picture.

Registering by mail:

  • You are required to register by mail if you are younger than 13 years old or are unable to pay by credit card.
  • A registration-by-mail packet is available from your high school or by requesting a packet on the ACT website. 
  • Once your registration materials are received you will then be notified by mail of your testing date and which testing center you've been assigned to.

Special circumstances:

  • There are a variety of special circumstances that may require you to pursue arranged testing options. Details of the arranged testing requirements can be found online at the ACT website. Special circumstances include:
    • Being homebound or confined.
    • Living more than 75 miles from a testing site.
    • Needing international testing.
    • Requiring a Sabbath/Sunday testing center.
  • You may be eligible for extended time if you have a defined learning disability and extended time is part of your Individualized Education Plan (IEP). You must submit an Application for ACT Extended Time National Testing signed by you and a school official. Regardless if you register online or by mail this application must be submitted by mail.
  • ACT testing centers are able to provide a variety of accommodations to students with defined disabilities. These accommodations include a wheelchair accessible testing room, a large type booklet, snacks in the test room for diabetics, and the use of a sign language interpreter. Registration details can be found online with guidelines for requesting special accommodations.


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