Updated by: Nidhi bahl on July 31, 2021, 11:16 a.m.
ACT, short for American College Testing, is a standardised test that is accepted by most US Universities. It is one of the major parameters that determine the admission of a student to most universities and colleges across the US. ACT checks the readiness of high school students for admissions to US colleges and universities including Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Southern California, etc. ACT is administered by a non-profit organization named ACT Inc. and is conducted 6 times in a year for international cities and 7 times for national cities.
The test is accepted by all 4-year universities and colleges in the US as well as more than 225 universities outside the United States. As per the ACT profile report, every year, over 2 million students take up the ACT test. The test centres of the ACT are mainly career schools, local high schools, colleges and universities among other locations.
ACT is keeping tabs on all the current happenings related to the pandemic and adopting measures to ensure a hassle-free ACT registration and testing. Find the latest updates below:
The registration site is officially reopened. However, the ACT test can be cancelled at any time because of any reason at a specific location.
In case the ACT registration status is changed before test day the same will be communicated to the test taker via email. The candidate will be able to check the status of the test on their respective MyACT account.
Policies have been updated following the same issued by local officials and CDC guidance to provide social distancing instruction at ACT test centres.
Examinees will be asked about various health and wellness questions during the check-in process at an ACT test centre. If an examinee affirms to any of them, he/she can make a test date change at no cost.
Over 1,200 US Institutions Make ACT Requirement Optional
Almost half of the universities and colleges in the US have decided to keep ACT/SAT optional for admissions in the near future. This came after a lawsuit was filed against SAT/ACT exams in 2019, alleging the tests to be biased and discriminatory based on race, disability and wealth. However, the pandemic and related test centre closures evidently hastened the movement to a great extent.
University of California Drops ACT Requirement for Admissions and Scholarships
The University of California, on May 14, 2021, announced that it was going test-blind, meaning they have dropped SAT or ACT requirement for admissions and scholarships. This will remain in place from Fall 2021 to Spring 2025.
|Name of the Exam||ACT (American College Testing)|
|Conducting Body||ACT, Inc.|
|Exam Mode||Both Paper-Based & Computer-Based Mode|
|Duration||2 Hours 55 Minutes (+ 40 Minutes essay is optional)|
|Sections||English, Reading, Maths, Science (Writing section is optional)|
|Structure of Exam||4 tests + 1 essay (optional)|
|Total Questions||215 questions + 1 essay|
With Writing Section: 68 USD
Without Writing Section: 52 USD
Here are the official test dates for the ACT to be conducted for non-US students in 2021 and 2022:
|ACT Registration Last Date||Registration with Late Fee||ACT Test Dates|
|June 25, 2021||July 9, 2021||July 16-17, 2021|
|August 13, 2021||August 27, 2021||September 10-11, 2021|
|September 10, 2021||September 24, 2021||October 8-9, 2021|
|November 12, 2021||November 29, 2021||December 10-11, 2021|
|January 14, 2022||January 28, 2022||February 11-12, 2022|
|March 4, 2022||March 18, 2022||April 1-2, 2022|
|May 13, 2022||May 27, 2022||June 10-11, 2022|
|June 17, 2022||July 1, 2022||July 16-17, 2022|
ACT or the American College Testing is accepted for undergraduate admissions by the universities and colleges in the United States. Commonly, the ACT is taken by all high school graduates aspiring to pursue undergraduate programmes across different institutions in the US, this also includes those students who have completed their secondary education in other countries.
Institutions rely on ACT for admission to undergraduate programmes as they cannot be familiar with the academic rigour of all the schools in America and secondary schools in other countries. ACT is one common data point that is used to compare all the applicants.
ACT is administered across different test centres in different parts of the world. In the US, Puerto Rico and US Territories, it is conducted through seven annual test dates, one each in the month of September, October, December, February, April, June and July, every year.
Internationally, ACT can be taken six times a year, i.e. in September, October, December, February, April, and June. Testing is always held on Saturdays unless the student has some religious restrictions. In such cases, students can take the exam on Sundays. Each student gets 12 attempts to appear for the ACT test.
1. What is an ACT Test?
An ACT is a standardised test conducted for the purpose of admissions to undergraduate degree programmes at various universities and colleges of the US.
2. Why should I take the ACT?
The ACT is conducted to ensure the readiness of a student to join the college and universities in the US. If the US institute where you wish to take admission to pursue undergraduate studies does not accept an ACT score then you must attempt an SAT test.
3. Who conducts the ACT?
The ACT is conducted by a non-profit organization called the ACT Inc.
4. How many times in a year is ACT conducted?
Internationally, the ACT is conducted six times a year. In Puerto Rico and the US, the test is conducted 7 times.
5. Is it mandatory to take the ACT to enrol in a bachelor’s degree programme at US universities?
You must either take the ACT or SAT entrance test to take admission in a bachelor’s degree programme. The ACT is specially designed for admissions to undergraduate degree programmes at US universities. You can confirm the eligibility criteria of the specific institute and course before attempting the ACT.
6. Who should take the ACT?
ACT must be taken by any student who wants to pursue an undergraduate degree from a college or university in the United States. There is no specific eligibility criteria for ACT.
7. How many times can I attempt the ACT 2021?
You can attempt the ACT 2021 up to 12 times.
8. What is the MyACT account?
A candidate's MyACT account is created on the official website of ACT to register for tests, view scores, send score reports, download admit cards etc. All details related to candidates taking the ACT can be checked on their respective MyACT account.
9. What are the guidelines to appear for ACT 2021?
Test takers and everyone present at the ACT test centre must wear a mask, maintain social distancing, undergo screening and maintain personal hygiene for safety.
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