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ACT International Test Dates Guide, 2020-2021

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Aug 19, 2020 3:00:00 PM

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feature_acttestdatesinternational2020When are the ACT international test dates? If you're an international student thinking about taking the ACT, you might be surprised to learn that the dates the ACT is offered on are different internationally than in the US.

Find out what the ACT international test dates are for 2020 and 2021 and which dates you should choose in this article.


Upcoming ACT Test Days in 2020-2021

Below, we've created a table with the ACT international test dates for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year, as well as estimated test dates for the 2021-2022 school year.

We've also included the regular and late ACT international registration deadlines, so you know when you need to sign up by for each test date.


ACT International Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 11-12, 2020 September 4, 2020 None due to COVID-19
October 9-10, 2020 September 18, 2020 October 2, 2020
December 11-12, 2020 November 20, 2020 December 4, 2020
February 5-6, 2021 January 15, 2021 January 29, 2021
April 16-17, 2021 March 26, 2021 April 9, 2021
June 11-12, 2021 May 21, 2021 June 4, 2021
July 16-17, 2021 November 20, 2020 July 9, 2021

Source: Dates in italics indicate estimated ACT international dates.


Guide to Choosing the Best ACT International Test Dates for You

Here at PrepScholar, we've developed several detailed guides for how to decide when to take the ACT and how many times to take it. While these articles list the (slightly different) US ACT test dates, the strategies they lay out can easily be adapted for international test-takers.

For both international and US students taking the ACT, generally the latest you can take the ACT for Early Decision/Early Action is September or October of senior year and the last test date for regular admission is December.

Aside from the normal pressures of college admissions deadlines and schoolwork/jobs/extracurriculars, international students taking the ACT have an additional factor to deal with that can affect which test date(s) you sign up for: international ACT registration fees.


ACT International Test Fees

ACT international registration fees are $150 for the regular ACT and $166.50 for the ACT with Writing (significantly more expensive than the $55 ACT or $70 ACT with Writing fee you'd have to pay to take the test in the US).

Other international ACT fees are similarly high: $35 to register late, $35 to change your test date, and $35 to change your test center.

It's worth noting here that while taking the SAT internationally is also more expensive than taking it in the US, it's cheaper than taking the ACT internationally—even if you live in an area with the highest international SAT fees, you'd only pay $129 for the SAT or $141 for the SAT with essay.

Unless you've taken practice tests for both and discovered that your ACT score is likely to be much better than your SAT score, you might want to consider switching to studying for that test instead.

If you do decide to stick with studying for the ACT, the higher international fees give you an extra incentive to set out and follow a clear study plan and register for the ACT by the regular deadline so that you can avoid having to pay another $35 in late fees.




The Best ACT International Dates 

To help you avoid having to pay late fees, we've sketched out three possible ACT international testing schedules (including the opportunity for retesting). Note that the specific dates may vary for you, based on future years' ACT international test dates.


Sample International ACT Testing Schedule A: Early Starter

Thinking about getting the ACT out of the way early? Follow this testing schedule to get started sophomore year and leave yourself plenty of time in between tests to study (if you need to take it more than once).

Test 1: Sophomore year, take the ACT either June 12-13, 2020 (register by May 22, 2020) or July 17-18, 2020 (register by June 26, 2020).

Test 2 (optional): Junior year, take the ACT December 11-12, 2020 (register by November 20, 2020) or February 5-6, 2021 (register by January 15, 2021).

Test 3 (optional): Junior year, take the ACT June 11-12, 2021 (register by May 21, 2021) or July 16-17, 2021 (register by June 25, 2021).


Sample International ACT Testing Schedule B: Frequent Tester

Are you planning on taking the ACT multiple times to max out your superscore? This schedule is for you.

Test 1: Junior year, take the ACT February 5-6, 2021 (register by January 15, 2021) or April 16-17 2020 (register by March 26, 2021)

Test 2: Junior year, take the ACT June 11-12, 2021 (register by May 21, 2020) or July 16-17, 2021 (register by June 25, 2021)

Test 3: Senior year, take the ACT September 10-11, 2021 (register by August 20, 2021) or October 8-9, 2021 (register by September 17, 2020); last dates for students applying early decision/early action.

Test 4: Senior year, take the ACT December 10-11, 2021 (register by November 19, 2020)


Sample International ACT Testing Schedule C: Senior-Year Testing

Only decided to apply to colleges in the US the summer before senior year (or later)? You still have a few chances to take the ACT.

Test 1: Take the ACT September 10-11, 2021 (register by August 20, 2021) or July 16-17, 2021 (late registration deadline June 25, 2021).

Test 2: Take the ACT October 8-9, 2021 (register by September 17, 2021). If you took the September ACT, you probably won't get your scores back until after the regular registration deadline, but if you don't mind paying the extra $35 you can wait to see how well you did before registering late for the October ACT (late registration deadline: October 1, 2021).

Test 3 (optional): Take the ACT December 10-11, 2021 (register by November 19, 2021). This is the last test date for most colleges' regular admissions deadlines.


What's Next?

Now you know the ACT international test dates, but are you thinking about taking the SAT instead? Read our guide on taking the SAT as an international student here.

Looking for help on US college admissions as an international student? Look no further than our expert guide on how to apply for college in the US as an international student and our list of the best US colleges for international students, along with our complete guide to SAT/ACT test-taking for international students.

Need some financial assistance to go to college in the US? Our list of colleges with full-ride scholarships includes schools who provide scholarships to international students as well.


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Laura Staffaroni
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Laura graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Music and Psychology, and earned a Master's degree in Composition from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She scored 99 percentile scores on the SAT and GRE and loves advising students on how to excel in high school.

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