Whether you're a high school student or the parent of a high school student, figuring out when to take the ACT can seem like an impossible task. But it really doesn't have to be.We're here to provide you the proper information to help determine the best time to take the ACT. September, for example, is a great time because you're able to use the summer break to your advantage. Taking the ACT isn’t rocket science, but there is a science to it, and it can be difficult manipulating the test to your schedule.
ACT Test Dates for 2018
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||ACT Scores Released|
|February 10, 2018*||January 12, 2018||January 13-19, 2018||To be posted|
|April 14, 2018||March 9, 2018||March 10-23, 2018||To be posted|
|June 9, 2018||May 4, 2018||May 5-18, 2018||To be posted|
|July 14, 2018||June 15, 2018||June 16-22, 2018||To be posted|
|September 8, 2018||To be posted Spring 2018||To be posted Spring 2018||To be posted|
|October 27, 2018||To be posted Spring 2018||To be posted Spring 2018||To be posted|
|December 8, 2018||To be posted Spring 2018||To be posted Spring 2018||To be posted|
When Do You Have the Time?When a student asks me when he or she should take the ACT, this is always my first response Why? Because it’s all about YOU. Not about so-called “rules” made up decades ago to categorize students into rigid paths! Taking the ACT when you have the most time to study for it is the best way to ensure that you get the highest score you can. After all, the ACT is a big deal, it requires months and months of preparation just like an AP exam does. Don’t prep for the ACT in the middle of the finals; start your ACT prep when you actually have the time give the ACT the attention it deserves.
Let's look at a few student examples!
When in Doubt, Look to SeptemberSometimes I meet students who really aren’t sure about their schedules and/or always seem overbooked. For these students, I say: look to September! I recommend September as an excellent catch-all -- if you don’t have a more opportune time that fits your schedule better -- for all students, regardless of the strength of schedule and collegiate aspirations, who aren’t sure how difficult their course loads will turn out to be. Why September? September is a great time to take the ACT because there’s one thing that (just about) every high school student has in common: Summer Break! When those May and June days roll around, it’s easy to want to get outside and relax -- you should! But summer is also a fantastic time to start your ACT preparation. Even if you are working a full-time job like I and many of us at Prep Expert did when they were in high school, summer offers a time to study for the ACT in which your mind will be clear of any other subjects. Because the ACT and SAT -- like all standardized tests -- require studying for them independently of your regular course load, it can be a great idea to do so most aggressively when you don’t have other academic commitments. A good number of the students whom I meet who score in the 99th Percentile took their ACT in September or October, studying for it in the summertime. Likewise with three of our four perfect scorer instructors; they too took this strategy and ran with it! However, as I mentioned before, not all schedules are the same. You may have summer courses or want to prepare for classwork in later months. This may make another test date throughout the year more preferable, a question only you will know the answer to!
Don’t Complicate ThingsThe ACT is a huge, messy test. So don’t overthink it. It’s hard enough just to beat the test! I have worked with so many wonderful, driven students who spend months and months planning to take the ACT and only a few weeks preparing for the material of the test. It’s the wrong approach. Instead, spend the majority of your time actually preparing for the content of the exam and the length of the test through legitimate, structured practice. And don’t worry too much about when to sign-up for the test. Just give your own schedule primary consideration and when in doubt, look to September! For more information about our ACT prep courses please visit our website, Prep Expert. You can pick from our any of our flagship six-week courses, as well as tutoring packages and weekend camps. If you’re a parent and would like speak with one of our awesome representatives about when’s the best time for your son or daughter to take the ACT, give us a call today! We are available 24/7 to help you and your student succeed.
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