These tests will help prepare you for the structure and rigor of the ACT by your junior year.
But if you are applying to a school with rolling admissions, you don’t want to wait until the last minute, even if you technically could: Things get increasingly competitive as spaces get filled, so get your testing done and your application in as soon as you can. If your ACT test scores are within the middle 50th percentile or above for all of the colleges on your college list, your time may be better spent focusing on your schoolwork, activities, and applications than studying for the ACT again.
If you fall within the middle 50th percentile for your dream school, that’s a great start and means you have a good chance, but you’ll be even better off if you can push your score above the 75th percentile for admitted students.
This generally means that your test scores won’t be a question in the admissions process.
A retake in September after a summer of ACT test prep could be a very good idea if this applies to you.
**Test date excludes New York and international locations Now that you know when the ACT is offered, let’s talk about finding the best ACT test date for you.
If you’re a rising senior, you have basically seven ACT test dates left that you could potentially use for college admissions: February, April, June, September, October, December, or (next) February.
**Test date excludes New York and international locations ***The July test is a new addition to the ACT schedule!
It will debut in 2018, and further details will be released at the beginning of the year.
), here are the probable test dates based on past history.
The ACT tends to be on the same weekend every month, so these are highly likely to be correct.
There are some colleges that have application deadlines that run into February, or that have rolling admissions policies, which means they make decisions on applications as they come in and may continue evaluating applications into late spring and summer.