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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2019, 2020, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 PM

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

The ACT test dates for 2018-19 have been officially released, but I’ll also provide the likely dates for 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with a fair degree of confidence.

 

2018-2019 ACT Test Dates

Here are the future ACT dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for 2018-2019. All dates and deadlines have been confirmed by ACT, Inc. The score release dates are based on PrepScholar projections.

Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Online Score Release*
Sept 8, 2018 Aug 10, 2018 Aug 26, 2018 Sept 18; Oct 2, 2018
Oct 27, 2018 Sept 28, 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Nov 13; Nov 27, 2018
Dec 8, 2018 Nov 2, 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Dec 18, 2018; Jan 1, 2019
Feb 9, 20191 Jan 11, 2019 Jan 18, 2019 Feb 19; Mar 5, 2019
Apr 13, 2019 Mar 8, 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Apr 23; May 7, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 20, 2019 June 18; July 2, 2019
July 13, 20191,2 June 14, 2019 June 24, 2019 July 23; August 6, 2019

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available.

1Not scheduled in New York.

2Not scheduled in California.

 

2019-2020 ACT Test Dates

This is the anticipated schedule for the test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for the 2019-2020 school year. All dates and deadlines are based on our own projections.

Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Online Score Release*
Sept 7, 2019 Aug 9, 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sept 17; Oct 3, 2019
Oct 26, 2019 Sept 27, 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Nov 12; Nov 26, 2019
Dec 7, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Dec 17; Dec 31, 2019
Feb 8, 2020 Jan 10, 2020 Jan 17, 2020 Feb 18; Mar 4, 2020
Apr 18, 2020 Mar 13, 2020 Mar 30, 2020 Apr 28; May 12, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 25, 2020 June 23; July 7, 2020
July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 29, 2020 July 28; Aug 11, 2020

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available.

 

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2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

Here are the projected test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for the 2020-2021 testing year. Again, all dates are based on our own projections.

Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Online Score Release*
Sept 12, 2020 Aug 7, 2020 Aug 21, 2020 Sept 22; Oct 6, 2020
Oct 24, 2020 Sept 20, 2020 Oct 4, 2020 Nov 3; Nov 17, 2020
Dec 12, 2020 Nov 6, 2020 Nov 20, 2020 Dec 22, 2020; Jan 5, 2021
Feb 6, 2021 Jan 8, 2021 Jan 15, 2021 Feb 16; Mar 1, 2021
Apr 10, 2021 Mar 5, 2021 Mar 19, 2021 Apr 20; May 4, 2021
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 21, 2021 June 22; July 6, 2021
July 17, 2021 June 11, 2021 June 25, 2021 July 27; Aug 10, 2021

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available.

 

2021-2022 ACT Test Dates

Finally, let's take a look at the projected dates and deadlines for the 2021-2022 ACT testing year. As noted above, all of these dates are our own projections.

Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Online Score Release*
Sept 11, 2021 Aug 6, 2021 Aug 20, 2021 Sept 21; Oct 5, 2021
Oct 23, 2021 Sept 19, 2021 Oct 3, 2021 Nov 2; Nov 16, 2021
Dec 11, 2021 Nov 5, 2021 Nov 19, 2021 Dec 21, 2021; Jan 4, 2022
Feb 5, 2022 Jan 7, 2022 Jan 14, 2022 Feb 15; Feb 28, 2022
Apr 9, 2022 Mar 4, 2022 Mar 18, 2022 Apr 19; May 3, 2022
June 11, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 20, 2022 June 21; July 5, 2022
July 16, 2022 June 10, 2022 June 24, 2022 July 26; Aug 9, 2022

*The first date is when multiple-choice scores come out, and the second date is when complete scores become available.

 

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How Accurate Are These Future ACT Test Dates?

The 2018-19 test dates and registration deadlines have been confirmed by ACT, Inc. All other dates are projected based on patterns from previous years’ test schedules.

The ACT test dates and registration deadlines for future years should be fairly accurate, as there's little variation 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, note 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 correct. If you have an idea of the month and year you want to take the test, you can check to see whether your test date is on the same day as, say, prom or your birthday. Basically, it makes it easy to figure out whether 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 still just projections. You can plan your ACT schedule using our projections, but definitely check again within a year of the test for the confirmed dates. Nevertheless, the above dates should give you a good idea of when future ACTs will take place.

 

What's Next?

Are you wondering when you should sign up to take the ACT for the first time? This guide to choosing the right ACT test date describes the most important considerations to help you choose the best test date for you.

Starting your ACT prep? Check out our guide on the best ways to study for the ACT for all the tips you need to know to reach your goal score. In addition, learn how to make your own study plan.

Practice tests are an important part of ACT prep, and our guide to using ACT practice tests will explain everything you need to know about how to use them correctly.

 

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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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