ACT Eligibility Criteria

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Samarpita Goswami
Aug 08, 2022 5:34 PM IST

The conducting body of the ACT exam does not prescribe any minimum eligibility criteria or official prerequisite to be able to appear for the test. Students of all grades and ages are eligible for the test. However, as the ACT is designed to measure the student's readiness to enter college, it is usually taken by students who are in classes 10, 11 and 12. 

In addition, as the ACT makes test-takers eligible to study in the USA, Canada and other English-speaking countries, proficiency in the English language is another basic requirement for any candidate to fetch a decent score on the test.

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Detailed ACT Eligibility Criteria 2022

Anyone can apply for an ACT irrespective of their academic grade levels or grade. The key points related to ACT Eligibility Criteria 2022 are mentioned below. 

  • Students in grades 6 through 9 can also apply for the test in addition to the graduates of high school.

  • Despite not possessing any eligibility criteria for the ACT, students are required to meet the course-wise eligibility criteria set by the desired college/university.

  • Since the ACT score is accepted for admission to most colleges in the US, it is generally taken by those above the age of 13 years of high school graduates.

  • Candidates who are under 13 years of age cannot create an online MyACT account. In such cases, the candidates must contact ACT Customer Support for assistance and complete the registration.

  • Students must ensure to take the ACT at least 2 months before the application deadline of the college/institution. ACT score is declared around two-eight weeks after the ACT.

  • There are no age or grade requirements to attempt the ACT exam. However, a candidate is required to have an International Debit/Credit card to register for the exam.

  • The applicant must be a valid international passport holder as it serves as valid identification proof.

ACT is the leading test design generally for high school students seeking admission to the American College for undergraduate study. ACT has no defined eligibility criteria. Every year, over 2 million students take the ACT, belonging from all the fifty states in the US and across 130 countries in the world.

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FAQs on ACT Eligibility

Can I appear for the ACT after passing the 9th standard?

Yes, a 9th standard student can take the ACT as the test does not have any age criteria.

Can I appear for the ACT after passing the 10th?  

Yes, if you have just cleared or are going to appear for your 10th exam, you may take the ACT.

Is there any college-specific eligibility criteria to appear for the ACT?

Yes, every university would a different minimum ACT mark requirement. Please check with the university before applying.

Do I need to have a passport to appear in the ACT?

The applicant must have a valid passport as identification proof while appearing for the ACT.

Can I take the ACT after 12th?

People of all ages and grade levels are eligible to take the ACT as there are no eligibility criteria for the test.

Is there an age limit to appear in the ACT?

There is no age limit to appearing for the ACT test. However, any candidate below the age of 13 will not be allowed to create a MyACT account, which is required to register for the test. In such cases, the student will be required to contact the ACT Customer Support to seek assistance and complete the registration for the test.

Who can apply for the ACT?

Inclduing students who have graduated high school, anyone from grade 6 to 9 can appear in the ACT test.

Do I need any language proficiency to appear in the ACT?

All candidates must be fluent in the English language to appear in the ACT.

What are the academic qualifications required to appear in the ACT?

There is no specific academic qualifications to attempt the ACT. However, the candidate must have passed high school to apply for admissions at the different colleges and universities in the US using the ACT scorecard.

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