ACT Test Dates and Tips


2018-19 ACT Test Dates

                Test Date:                         Registration Deadline:

September 8, 2018                                              August 10, 2018

October 27, 2018                                                 September 28, 2018

December 8, 2018                                               November 2, 2018

February 9, 2019                                                 January 11, 2019

April 13, 2019                                                      March 8, 2019

June 8, 2019                                                         May 3, 2019

July 13, 2019                                                        June 14, 2019


*Juniors and seniors who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive two (2) ACT fee waivers total (not two per year) to take the ACT for free. You may ask your program advisor or school guidance counselor for a waiver.*

How to Ace the ACT:

PRACTICE PRACTICE  PRACTICE.  Don’t wait until senior year– start preparing for the ACT early! The more you are exposed to the types of questions on the test, the better you’ll do. Sign up for ACT Question of the Day and check out ACT Academy. Both are free! Ask us for additional practice materials.

Did you know you can get your test answers from your test to see what mistakes you made and help prepare for your next test? Not all test dates offer this service, so make sure to check the ACT website for details.

ACT Get Your Test Answers

Mastery Prep Tips for the ACT

English: English Tips for ACT Success

Math:    Math Tips for ACT Success

Science: Science Tips for ACT Success

Reading: Reading Tips for ACT Success

The ACT challenges your knowledge of vocabulary, basic math, and reading charts & graphs. Improve these and you’ll improve your score!

  • Wanna work on your ACT vocab?   Right here!  Quizlet is an amazing test prep site for all subjects.
  • Strategies for taking all parts of the ACT: Sparknotes ACT Tips All Subjects

General Tips and Strategies

  • Memorize the directions. During the test, you won’t get extra time to read the directions, so if you take five minutes to figure out what to do, that’s five fewer minutes you’ll have to get points.
  • Bring two erasers – one for the heavy-duty erasing you may need to do and another clean eraser to fix up your ovals completely. You don’t want erasure marks mucking up your answers and causing you to lose points.
  • Bring a watch–  OLD FASHIONED? , yes, with your cell phone and all, but since you won’t be able to have your cell phone on you, bring a watch. There’s no guarantee you’ll be testing in a room with a working clock.
  • When you start to run out of time and have a bunch left, pick one letter for the whole test, let’s say choice B, fill in only choice B on the ones you couldn’t get to or didn’t know right. That way, theoretically at least, you’ll get 1 out of every 4 right (or in Math 1 out of every 5). If you “christmas tree” there is a higher possibility that you will miss every single one. So stick to the same choice and you’ll do better.
  • Don’t change answers: Statistics prove that your first guess is usually the best one. If you marked B for question 18, there was probably a good reason for it, so don’t go back and change it, unless you’ve found information in a later part of the test to disprove your original theory.

And DON’T leave any blank, then your score can’t go up at all.

  • English: Skim the passage first and fix the underlined portions the way you think fits best. Then, after doing this for the whole passage, look at the answer choices and what you did will probably be in there (or some variation of it) this process helps to take out the guess work and speeds things up some. DON’T do this for the reading section. Then read the question and answer choices then go back in the passage and look for key words. Reading the whole passage here is futile and unnecessary.
  • Math: DO THE FIRST 30. Those are the easiest. Then, go through the other 30 and find ones you know how to do. After that, make sure you go back and answer the harder ones you didn’t answer before.
  • Reading: As long as you can read fast and comprehend, you’ll do fine. If you are not a quick reader, read the first and last sentences of each paragraph and skim the rest. After you’ve looked at the questions you can go back to the text for evidence if necessary. The passages contain different content each test, but are always in this order: 1) Fiction 2) Social Science 3) Humanities 4) Natural Science 
  • Science: Most of the science section is about how well you can interpret graphs and reason scientifically. Before you read those hefty passages, take a look at the graphs and tables and then head straight to the questions. If you have to, go back and skim the passages later. 
  • Essays: BE SURE to take FIVE out of the THIRTY  minutes and plan before you write. It isn’t a waste of time; the scorers are looking for well-organized essays. The best way to get one is to plan ahead with either an outline or graphic organizer, like Thinking Maps !

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