ACT 2021

Update by: Neha Kumari on Feb. 26, 2021, 12:54 p.m.

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About ACT 2021

ACT is a standardised test, short for American College Testing. It is one of the major parameters that determine the admission of a student to most universities and colleges across the United States. ACT checks the readiness of the high school students for admissions in US colleges and universities including Stanford UniversityHarvard UniversityUniversity 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 COVID-19 Updates

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. Also, the candidate can check the status of the test on  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 check-in to an ACT test centre. If an examinee affirms any of them, he/she can make a test date change at no cost.

ACT Highlights 2021

Name of the Exam ACT (American College Testing)
ACT Conducting Body ACT, Inc.
Exam Level International
ACT Exam Mode Both Paper-Based and Computer-Based Mode
ACT Duration 2 Hours 55 Minutes (+ 40 Minutes essay is optional)
ACT Sections English, Reading, Maths, Science (Writing section is optional)
Structure of Exam 4 tests + 1 essay (optional)
Negative Marking NA
Total Questions 215 questions + 1 essay
ACT Fees With Writing Section: 68 USD
Without Writing Section: 52 USD
ACT Validity No expiration

ACT Test Dates 2021 Outside the US

ACT Registration Last Date ACT Test Dates
15th January 2021 5th February-6th February 2021
26th March 2021 16th-17th April 2021
21st May 2021 11th June-12th June 2021
25th June 2021 16th July-17th July 2021 

Who can take the ACT 2021?

ACT or the American College Testing is accepted for undergraduate admissions by the universities and colleges in the United States. ACT is taken by candidates willing to pursue undergraduate degrees at the colleges and universities of America, 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.

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Availability of ACT 2021

ACT is administered around the world across different test centres. In the US, Puerto Rico and US Territories, it is conducted through seven annual test dates, one each in the month September, October, December, February, April, June and July. Internationally, ACT is 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. Such students can take the exam on Sundays. Each student gets 12 attempts to appear for the ACT test.

FAQs about ACT

1. What is the ACT Test? 

ACT is a standardised test that is conducted for admissions in undergraduate degree programmes in various universities and colleges of the United States

2. Why should take the ACT? 

ACT is conducted to ensure the readiness of a student to join the college at universities in the US. If the abroad institute where you wish to take admission to study abroad accepts an ACT score then you must take the SAT. 

3. Who conducts ACT? 

The ACT is conducted by a non-profit organization ACT Inc.

4. How many times in a year, ACT is conducted?

ACT is conducted six times a year. 

5. Is it mandatory to take the ACT to take admission in the bachelor’s degree programme in US universities? 

You must either take the ACT or SAT entrance test to take admission in the bachelor’s degree programme. ACT is specially designed for admissions in undergraduate degree programmes at US universities. You can confirm the eligibility criteria of a specific institute and course before taking the ACT. 

6. Who should take the ACT?

ACT must be taken by a 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. When is the ACT conducted?

ACT is conducted six times a year in September, October, December, February, April, and June/ July. 

8. How many times can I take the ACT 2021? 

You can take the ACT 2021 up to 12 times. 

9. What is the MyACT account?

MyACT account is created on the official website of ACT to register for tests, view score, send score reports, download admit cards etc. All details related to candidates taking the ACT can be checked on MyACT account. 

10. 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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