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

Posted by Justin Berkman | Jun 25, 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 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 have been officially released, but in this article, I’ll also provide the likely dates for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. From the data we’ve looked at, we can predict these dates with a fair degree of confidence.

 

2017-2018 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 9, 2017

August 4, 2017

Aug 18, 2017

Sept 19; 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 18; Jan 1, 2018

Feb 10, 2018**

Jan 12, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

Feb 21; 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 15, 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.

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

 

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2018-2019 ACT Test Dates

Here are the future ACT dates, registration deadlines, and score release dates for 2018-2019. This will be the first year to have seven total test dates, with a new test date 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 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 11, 2019

Jan 18, 2019

Feb 20; 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 14, 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.



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. Again, these dates are based on our projections.

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 5; Nov 19, 2019

Dec 14, 2019

Nov 8, 2019

Nov 22, 2019

Dec 24, 2019; Jan 7, 2020

Feb 8, 2020

Jan 10, 2020

Jan 17, 2020

Feb 18; Mar 3, 2020

Apr 18, 2020

Mar 6, 2020

Mar 20, 2020

Apr 28; May 12, 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.

 

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2020-2021 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 12, 2020

Aug 7, 2020

Aug 21, 2020

Sept 22; Oct 6, 2020

Oct 24, 2020

Sept 20, 2019

Oct 4, 2019

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

 

*= 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 2017-2018 test dates and registration deadlines and the 2018-2019 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?

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.

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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