ACT Test Dates 2018
Updated on Apr 18, 2018 - 9:26 a.m. IST by Ranjini Basu

ACT Test Dates 2018 – ACT, the non-profit organisation and ACT conducting body declares the ACT 2018 test dates. The ACT test is conducted seven times a year at national (in the US and its territories) level and five times a year at international (outside the US) level every year. The US states and districts have additional ACT test dates 2018. In the US, the ACT is administered in the months of September, October, December, February, April, June, and July. However, in New York State, the test is not offered in the months of February and July. Outside the US, the ACT is conducted in the months of September, October, December, April, and June. The ACT 2018 test dates both in the US and outside the US are mostly similar and normally fall on a weekend, especially on Saturdays. For credible religious obligations, one may take the test on another day instead of Saturday. In this article by Careers360, aspirants will get to know the complete procedure to register for ACT exam and know the country specific availability of the ACT test dates 2018.


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At a Glance: ACT 2018 Test Dates

ACT Test Dates 2018-2019 for the US

ACT Test Dates

ACT Registration (Without Late Fee)

ACT Registration (With Late Fee)

February 10, 2018*

January 12, 2018

January 13-19, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 10-26, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 5-18, 2018

July 14, 2018*

June 15, 2018

June 16-22, 2018

September 8, 2018



October 27, 2018



December 8, 2018



February 9, 2019*



April 13, 2019



June 8, 2019



July 13, 2019*



** February and July test dates not scheduled for New York test centres.


ACT Test Dates 2018 outside the US:

ACT Test Date

Registration Deadline

September 9, 2017

August 4, 2017

October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

What is Non-Saturday Testing?

The unique feature of ACT 2018 exam is the non-Saturday testing and it is available only for students who cannot test on a Saturday due to religious commitments. If there is a non-Saturday test centre within 75 miles of a test taker’s residence for any test date, he/she needs to register for that particular date and request that centre for the same. If there is not any non-Saturday test centre within the proximity of 75 miles of a candidate’s home (in U.S. or Canada only), or in one’s country, candidates are required to follow the requirements mentioned under “Arranged testing.” When one searches for a test centre on the official website, both Saturday and non-Saturday test centres appear in the search results. ACT test dates 2018 list the Saturday and non-Saturday test dates separately.


What is Standby Testing?

According to the test dates of ACT 2018, if an aspirant fails to register for a test date within the mentioned deadline, or to request a test date or test centre change, he/she may choose to sign into the ACT account to request and pay for standby testing. Standby requests should be submitted during a limited “Standby Request Period” before the actual test date. Candidates must note that the requests will not be accepted after the last date listed for each test date below.


ACT Test Dates 2018: National (in the US and its territories) Standby Request Periods

Test Date

Standby Request Period

February 10, 2018*

January 20 – February 2, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 24 – April 6, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 19 – June 1, 2018

July 14, 2018*

June 23 – July 6, 2018

*No test centers are scheduled in New York or California for the February or July test dates.


ACT 2018 Test Dates: International (Outside the US) Standby Request Periods         

Test Date

Standby Request Period

April 14, 2018

March 10 – April 6, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 5 – June 1, 2018

How to Search and Select ACT Test Dates 2018?

  • On the official website of ACT click ‘Register’ tab.

  • Scroll down the page that opens and click the "ACT Test Dates and Locations"

  • Scroll down until you see the Search Now option on the right-hand corner of the new window. Click ‘Search Now.’

  • A page will open where you have to select your country and choice state or territory.

  • Based on the information you provide, available ACT Test Centers 2018 will be displayed along with ACT 2018 test dates.

  • If your preferred ACT test centre has an ACT Test Date 2018 that conforms to your requirements, you can book the chosen date.

  • For example, if you select Bangalore, India for your ACT 2018 test, you will have options like Candor Intl School with ACT test dates 2018 on June 9, 2018.

ACT Test 2018 is a standardized college readiness assessment test conducted by ACT, Inc., for college admission in the US. According to the test pattern of ACT 2018, the total duration of the test is 2 hours 55 minutes. The ACT test 2018 includes 215 multiple-choice questions, and one essay (optional). Those appearing for the optional writing (essay) test have additional 40 minutes to complete their essay.

  • The ACT test 2018 (without writing) consists of four subject area tests: Mathematics, English, Reading and Science.

  • Students opting for ACT 2018 with writing have to appear in the Essay test separately. Subject tests measure a student’s grasp of specific subjects.

ACT, Inc. do not specify any eligibility criteria of ACT 2018. Anyone, irrespective of their age and grades can appear for the exam. However, considering it is a college admission test, it is typically taken by high school graduates. Close to two million students from more than 130 countries appear for the ACT 2018 test annually, making it the most popular admission test for undergraduate college admission in the US. With ACT test centres spread across all major cities, prospective test takers can select an ACT 2018 test centre as per their convenience. Candidates can choose the ACT test centre at the time of the registration of ACT 2018.


FAQs Related to ACT 2018 test dates:

Q1. How can a candidate reschedule ACT 2018 test?

Ans. ACT, the exam conducting body may reschedule the test for reasons like bad weather and unforeseen circumstances. Candidates can reschedule their ACT test dates 2018 by logging into their respective ACT accounts. The candidates are advised to reschedule their test dates of the ACT before the last date for registration for the particular test date.


Q2. When should one take their retests?

Ans. A number of students take the test twice. The ideal time for retests is during the spring semester in junior year; this will help if the candidate requires a retest in your senior year.


Q3. How many times can a candidate appear for ACT test?

Ans. The ACT limits the number of times an examinee may appear for the ACT test to a total of 12 times. This restriction applies even if the scores from a test date are cancelled by the candidate or by the ACT. If one wishes to request an exception to be allowed to test more than 12 times, candidates need to complete and submit a form no later than the deadline listed above for the desired test date.

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