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Future Years' ACT Test Dates: 2020, 2021, and Beyond

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jan 2, 2021 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.

In this guide, we'll provide the confirmed and likely dates for 2020-21 and 2021-22. From the data we've looked at, we can predict these dates with a fair degree of confidence.


2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

This is the schedule for the ACT test dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for the 2020-21 school year. The test dates and deadlines are confirmed by ACT, Inc., but the score release dates are our own projections. 

Note that the February 2021 test date has no late deadline. There is simply one deadline and no late registration fee.

Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Online Score Release*
Dec 12, 2020 Nov 20, 2020 Dec 22, 2020; Jan 5, 2021
Feb 6, 2021 Jan 15, 2021 Feb 27; Mar 13, 2021
Apr 17, 2021 Mar 12, 2021 Mar 26, 2021 Apr 20; May 4, 2021
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 21, 2021 June 22; July 6, 2021
July 17, 2021** June 18, 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
** No test centers are scheduled in New York for the July test date


2021-2022 ACT Test Dates

Finally, let's take a look at the projected dates and deadlines for the 2021-22 ACT testing year. 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


Note that in 2020-2021, extra ACT testing dates were added in September and October to help students dealing with canceled test dates due to COVID-19. So far, it doesn't seem like anything similar is planned for the 2021-2022 testing year, but we will update this article as new information comes out.




How Accurate Are These Future ACT Test Dates?

The 2020-21 ACT test dates and registration deadlines have been confirmed by ACT, Inc. All other dates are our projections based on the testing patterns from previous years' 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, these charts make 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
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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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