Taking the ACT? Sign Up Soon for Your Test Date
While the SAT is the country’s most popular college entrance exam, the ACT is widely accepted at U.S. universities. What makes the ACT different from the SAT is that it has less of an emphasis on vocabulary, it tests more advanced math concepts and it includes a science reasoning section. The writing section for the ACT is optional, but many colleges require the writing section.
When to take the ACT:
ACT test dates are coming up soon. If you’re a senior, you should choose a test date that is at least two months ahead of the college application and scholarship deadlines you need to meet, according to ACT. This means you’ll likely want to sign up for the October or December test to allow enough time to get your scores back.
Juniors who choose to (or are required to) take the ACT, should take the test during the spring term. This will ensure you’ve got as much classroom knowledge of various subjects as possible before you take the test and give you an opportunity to re-take the test in the fall of your senior year if you aren’t happy with the score you get the first time.
Test dates for this school year are:
- October 26, 2013
- December 14, 2013
- February 8, 2014
- April 12, 2014
- June 14, 2014
You need to register for the exam about a month prior to avoid paying a late registration fee, so plan ahead and sign up early on the ACT website. Because you can send your scores to up to four colleges for free, have a list of your top four college choices ready when you register. (Sending scores to schools later on will cost you $11 per school.)
If you’ve already taken the ACT, here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about taking it again.
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If you plan to take the SAT instead of (or in addition to) the ACT, see our recent post on ways to save money on the SAT test preparation and test-taking.