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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2017, 2018, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Feb 19, 2017 8:00:00 PM

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Future ACT dates are only confirmed a little over a year in advance, but at PrepScholar, we’ve researched patterns from previous years to predict future dates.

The ACT test dates for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 have been officially released, but in this article, I’ll also provide the likely dates for 2018-2019. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with decent confidence.

 

2016-2017 ACT Test Dates

These test dates and registration deadlines have been confirmed by ACT. The score release dates are projections, but the scores are likely to come out within a week of the projected dates.

 

Test Date

Deadline

Late Deadline

Score Release*

Sept 10, 2016

Aug 5, 2016

Aug 19, 2016

Sept 19; Oct 3, 2016

Oct 22, 2016

Sept 16, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Nov 8; Nov 15, 2016

Dec 10, 2016

Nov 4, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

Dec 21, 2016; Jan 4, 2017

Feb 11, 2017**

Jan 13, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

Feb 21; Feb 28, 2017

Apr 8, 2017

Mar 3, 2017

Mar 17, 2017

Apr 26; May 10, 2017

June 10, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 19, 2017

June 21; June 28, 2017

 

*= Refers to online score release. The first date is when multiple choice scores come out, and the second one is when complete scores are available.

**= No February dates are scheduled in New York.

 

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2017-2018 ACT Test Dates

Here are the future ACT dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for 2017-2018. This will be the first year to have seven total test dates, with one in July.

All of the test dates are according to ACT, Inc. (though they are subject to change); the deadlines and score release dates are based on PrepScholar projections.

 

Test Date

Deadline

Late Deadline

Score Release*

Sept 9, 2017

July 28, 2017

Aug 11, 2017

Sept 10; Oct 3, 2017

Oct 28, 2017

Sept 22, 2017

Oct 6, 2017

Nov 7; Nov 21, 2017

Dec 9, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

Dec 19; Jan 2, 2018

Feb 10, 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

Feb 20; Mar 6, 2018

Apr 14, 2018

Mar 9, 2018

Mar 23, 2018

Apr 24; May 8, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

June 19; July 3, 2018

July 14, 2018

June 8, 2018

June 22, 2018

July 24; August 7, 2018

 

*= Refers to online score release. The first date is when multiple choice scores come out, and the second one is when complete scores are available.



2018-2019 ACT Test Dates

This is the anticipated schedule for the test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for the 2018-2019 school year. Again, these dates are based on our projections.

 

Test Date

Deadline

Late Deadline

Score Release*

Sept 8, 2018

Aug 3, 2018

Aug 17, 2018

Sept 18; Oct 2, 2018

Oct 27, 2018

Sept 21, 2018

Oct 5, 2018

Nov 6; Nov 20, 2018

Dec 8, 2018

Nov 2, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

Dec 18, 2018; Jan 1, 2019

Feb 9, 2019

Jan 4, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

Feb 19; Mar 5, 2019

Apr 13, 2019

Mar 8, 2019

Mar 22, 2019

Apr 23; May 7, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 17, 2019

June 18; July 2, 2019

July 13, 2019

June 7, 2019

June 21, 2019

July 23; August 6, 2019

 

*= Refers to online score release. The first date is when multiple choice scores come out, and the second one is when complete scores are available.

 

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2019-2020 ACT Test Dates

Finally, these are the projected test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Test Date

Deadline

Late Deadline

Score Release*

Sept 14, 2019

Aug 9, 2019

Aug 23, 2019

Sept 24; Oct 8, 2019

Oct 26, 2019

Sept 20, 2019

Oct 4, 2019

Nov 4; Nov 18, 2019

Dec 14, 2019

Nov 8, 2019

Nov 22, 2019

Dec 24, 2019; Jan 7, 2020

Feb 8, 2020

Jan 3, 2020

Jan 17, 2020

Feb 18; Mar 3, 2020

Apr 11, 2020

Mar 6, 2020

Mar 20, 2020

Apr 21; May 5, 2020

June 13, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 22, 2020

June 23; July 7, 2020

July 18, 2020

June 12, 2020

June 26, 2020

July 28; Aug 11, 2020

 

*= Refers to online score release. The first date is when multiple choice scores come out, and the second one is when complete scores are available.

 

How Accurate Are the Tables Above?

The 2016-2017 test dates and registration deadlines and the 2017-2018 test dates have been confirmed. All other dates are projected based on patterns from previous years’ test schedules.

The test dates and registration deadlines for future years are most likely to be accurate, since when the ACT occurs varies very little from year to year. The score release dates for all years are less predictable, but scores should come out within a week of the anticipated score release dates. Also, keep in mind that not everyone receives their multiple choice scores at the same time.

 

How to Use These ACT Test Date Projections

Most of the future ACT dates in this article should be exactly correct. If you have an idea of the month and year you want to take the test, you can check to see if your test date is on the same day as prom or your birthday. You can figure out if you’ll have any possible conflicts. If any of the test dates are off, they’ll most likely be exactly a week earlier or later.

Remember, though, that there is some margin of error and these are projections. You can plan using our projections, but you should check with ACT within a year of the test for the confirmed dates. However, the above dates should give you a good idea of when future ACTs will take place.

 

What's Next?

If you're starting to prepare for the ACT, learn more about the best ways to study.

Also, you may want to check out our guide to using ACT practice tests to help your studying.

Finally, read this post about how to beat procrastination in your ACT prep.

 

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Justin Berkman
About the Author

Justin has extensive experience teaching SAT prep and guiding high school students through the college admissions and selection process. He is firmly committed to improving equity in education and helping students to reach their educational goals. Justin received an athletic scholarship for gymnastics at Stanford University and graduated with a BA in American Studies.



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