If this is your first time taking the ACT, consider choosing a TIR date and ordering the service. A copy of the test questions can help guide your preparation for taking the test a second time.


According to ACT, Inc., the ACT measures your achievement in core academic areas important for success in college: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science (and an optional Writing test). They state that the ACT is not an IQ test; it’s an achievement test that assesses your general educational development and ability to complete college-level work.

All claims aside, one thing the ACT undoubtedly measures is how good you are at… taking the ACT. Beyond that, the ACT (and the SAT) can give colleges an objective way to compare students. For this reason, after your high school record, your standardized test scores are arguably the most important component of your college application.

Let's admit it, the ACT can be intimidating; however, it’s not impossible. What's required is a commitment to practice and learn, an understanding of ACT-specific strategies, and a belief in yourself — confidence — that you can do well.

2013-2014 Test Dates

(Click here for the official ACT page on Test Dates and Fees)

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 21, 2013 August 23, 2013 August 24 - September 6, 2013
October 26, 2013 September 27, 2013 September 28 - October 11, 2013
December 14, 2013 (*TIR) November 8, 2013 November 9 - 22, 2013
February 8, 2014 January 10, 2014 January 11 - 24, 2014
April 12, 2014 (*TIR) March 7, 2014 March 8 - 21, 2014
June 14, 2014 (*TIR) May 9, 2014 May 10 - 23, 2014

*TIR - Test Information Release available (click here for additional information).
Provides a list of your answers, a copy of the multiple-choice test questions used to determine your score, the answer key, and scoring instructions. If you took the Writing Test, you will also receive a copy of the writing prompt, the scoring rubric, and the scores assigned to your essay by two readers.