ACT Registration and Application Form

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Samarpita Goswami
Aug 08, 2022 5:37 PM IST

International students who wish to take the ACT exam 2022 must register for the exam. ACT dates and registration process is the same for the US and non-US countries. Applicants need to create a free MyACT account to register and book the test date before the deadline specified for each ACT test date. 

One must consider registering for the ACT as early as possible to get the desired slot and test centre. Also, it is advisable to book the ACT test date at least two months before the college application deadline and scholarship deadlines. 

There are three ways to register for the ACT: 

  • Registering Online for ACT,

  • Registering via mail for ACT, and

  • Registering for Standby Admittance for ACT.

Important Dates for ACT Registration 2022

Here are the updated dates to register for the upcoming ACT international tests 2022:

ACT Registration Last Date

ACT Test Dates

Registration with Late Fee

January 14, 2022

February 11 - 12, 2022

January 28, 2022

March 4, 2022

April 1 - 2, 2022

March 18, 2022

May 13, 2022

June 10 - 11, 2022

May 27, 2022

June 17, 2022

July 15 - 16 2022

July 1, 2022

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ACT Online Registration 2022

The online registration for ACT is conducted on the official website of ACT. It is a straightforward process and the following steps need to be completed for registering online for the test.

1. Gather all the Required Information

  • The foremost step is to accumulate all the required credentials that include name, email, address, high school grades, a digital headshot, social security number, and credit card or another payment method.

  • Around 40 minutes will be required to complete the entire process. Sit for the registration when you have time on your hands.

2. Visit the Official Website

  • Go to the official website of ACT. Aspirants are advised to use a desktop or laptop computer with Chrome (version 18 or higher), Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher), Safari (version 5 or higher), or Firefox (version 7 or higher).

  • Mobile phones and tablets are not recommended for the registration

3. Create an Account

  • Create an account if you are a first time user.

  • The account allows the aspirant to register, send or view scores and register for additional tests (if you have decided to appear for it the second or third time).

  • Memorise or write down your user id and password. You will have to provide it each time you log in for registration and result.

4. Register to Test

  • Tap on Register to test option.

  • You would be directed to the first page of the registration packet.

  • It is one of the most vital stages as it requires the information to track your scores and contact you.

  • Fill in the answers carefully and correctly.

5. Profile Selection Needs to be Completed

  • The registration packet for ACT is divided into several sections. The first few sections ask for information that provides ACT with demographic data on aspirants taking the test. It also focuses on providing personalised information and suggestions for majors and careers.

  • Almost all the questions are optional except for the ones that are marked with a red asterisk.

  • Questions on high school, career plans, educational plans, demographic background, and financial aid needs are asked in this section.

6. Pick a Date and Select the Test Option

  • Upon completion of profile selection, the student will be directed to the test registration.

  • Input your high school grades, classes, and GPA.

  • Choose your test date wisely.

  • Some colleges require writing tests whereas others do not. Writing tests is completely optional. Sign up for the option that says “ACT Plus Writing” if you want to appear for the writing test.

7. Select the Colleges to Send your Scores

  • Sending your scores to up to 4 colleges is free. Make a list of colleges before the registration process.

  • It is not necessary to list the colleges to receive your score at this time. Students can sign into their accounts at any time to do so.

  • Sending scores after the test is taken or to more than four colleges will cost 12 USD per college.

8. Choose Your Test Centre

Many high schools do not offer ACT on every date. If your school does not offer the test on the desired date or if all the seats are full, students can use the zip code to find other nearby centers.

9. Confirm the Information

  • You would be asked to check all the information filled in closely and confirm once done.

  • Typos or missing fields can prevent the student from registering successfully.

10. Make the Payment

  • You will require a credit card to pay for the test. A candidate needs to pay 52 USD and 68 USD for no writing test and with writing test respectively.

  • Additional score reports, late registration fees, and other fees for optional services can increase the cost.

  • A candidate would not be able to cancel the registration once the payment has been made. 

11. Upload your Photograph

  • It is essential to upload the photo before printing the ticket as the test administrator requires it to verify your identity.

  • You do not need to upload the photo during the registration time but it is mandatory to upload the photo by the deadline. If not done, registration would be canceled.

  •  Make sure the photo is clear and you are the only one in it.

  • Do not wear a hat, dark glasses, or any prop that would make it difficult to recognise you.

  • Use a plain background and also face the camera.

  • The photo should be less than 5MB and in portrait mode. Follow JPEG, JPG, BMP, or PNG format.

  • After scanning the photo, it must print clearly as a 2”x 2” image.

ACT Mail Registration 2022

If you prefer to register through mail, follow the process mentioned below thoroughly. It is to be noted that international students must go through the online process only.

1. Request for a Mail Packet

  • You can avail of a mail packet at your career, college, or your school guidance’s office.

  • If not, you can also request a packet by visiting the official website.

  • If you are younger than 13 or do not have a fee waiver or credit card, you can register through the mail.

2. Fill it

  • Fill out all the details asked including your name, address, high school grades, classes, colleges plans, and career interests.

  • Choose a test center and date.

  • You have an option of including your printed photo with your registration packet or uploading one to your ACT account.

3. Mail the Completed Paperwork

  • It takes around 7-10 days to complete the delivery. Make sure to mail the packet before the deadline of the registration as the latter would result in late registration and you will have to pay late registration fees. 

  • You will receive your test ticket via mail. Students also have the option of visiting online and printing the ticket from the ACT account.

ACT Standby Admittance Registration 2022

If a student has missed the regular period of registration, he/she can register for standby testing. You are required to possess a standby ticket before the test date to be allowed into the testing centre. This does not grant you a guarantee of a seat but you must have a ticket if you have any chances of taking the test that day.

1. Sign in

  • Sign in to your ACT account.

  • The standby request period ends a week before the test date.

  • Extra fees are charged for standby registration.

2. Choose a Testing Centre

  • Choose a test centre for ACT  where you can register as a standby test taker

  • Choosing a large testing centre would provide you with a proper chance of being admitted. It has the possibility of having a room for you.

3. Early Arrival

  • Testing spots are given to the students on a first come first serve basis. Reach early to the test centre. It increases the chances of getting a spot.

  • If you do not get admitted to the test centre, ACT will refund you the standby registration fees.

ACT Registration Fees 2022

ACT Services



ACT (no writing)

USD 150.00

Includes reports for the candidate, high school, and up to four colleges of choice (if codes are mentioned while registering).

ACT with writing

 USD 166.50

Includes reports for the candidate, high school, and up to four colleges of choice (if codes are mentioned while registering).

Score reports for 5th and 6th college choices

USD 13.00 (price is for each)

Refundable on written request if the candidate does not take the test.

Late Registration

USD 35.00

Change made during the late period for an international ACT test date.

Test date change

 USD 35.00

Only if absent or unable to take the test on the original date or if registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT test security requirements. 

Test centre change (same test date)

USD 35.00


Note: The USD 16.50 writing test fee is refundable on written request if the candidate is absent on test day or switches to ACT (no writing) before testing begins. All other fees are nonrefundable.

FAQs on ACT Registration

What is the registration fee for the ACT?

The registration fee of ACT with writing is $166.55

What is the deadline to apply for the ACT?

ACT is conducted throughout the year. The deadline date to apply for the test is usually two weeks before the scheduled date.

Which ACT scorecard is accepted, in case I appear for the ACT more than once?

You have an option to select the best score among all the ACTs taken and then send it to the college.

How many times can I appear for the ACT?

You can retake the ACT as many times as possible.

Do colleges prefer SAT scorecards over ACT?

Colleges do not give preference to one of these tests. Both tests fulfil standardized test requirements for the enrollment of students in UG courses. However, over 200 US Colleges and Universities have kept SAT/ACT in Requirement Optional in 2021.

Is the registration fee refundable in case I cancel the ACT?

The registration fee is non-refundable if you cancel the ACT.

Which test should I take: the ACT or SAT?

Whether you should take the ACT or SAT depends on the requirements of the university/ school you are applying to. If there is no specific requirement by the institute then the choice is up to you.

Can I cancel the ACT registration?

ACT registration can be cancelled. However, the basic registration fee and other service fees are non-refundable.

What is the deadline to register for the ACT?

The deadline to register for the ACT is approximately five weeks before each test.

How can I register for the ACT Test?

There are three options to register for the ACT Test. Candidates can apply online through, take help from a counsellor or call ACT Inc.

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