* ACT Test offered at St. James Academy location
WHEN SHOULD MY STUDENT TAKE THE ACT?
- It is recommended for students to take the ACT at least three times and at least once by June of their junior year.
- Before taking the ACT, we recommend that you complete Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I and completed or enrolled in Algebra II.
- If you are not happy with your Junior spring or summer ACT score, you can still take the test in the fall of Senior year. Many students take the test multiple times; the September and October testing dates are particularly popular. If you’re considering taking the December test during Senior year, make sure your college(s) accept the results of the test; for some, the December results may be released too late to be considered.
Timeline for Scheduling your ACT
September ACT: This is fine but earlier than needed for college applications. You will be taking the PSAT in the fall of junior year at your high school or another local high school in the community. Check on the PSAT date to make sure it doesn’t interfere with preparation for your ACT.
October ACT: Still a little early, but your academic and activity schedule may be lighter at this time of year. If you feel like you’ve had enough time to prepare, go ahead and register for this test.
December, February, April, June ACT: Any of these tests are fine for college applications and still allow you enough time to take the test again if you want to. For early admissions, plan to take one of these tests at the latest—applications are usually due sometime during October or November.
September or October ACT: This might be okay for students applying rolling or regular admissions. For early admissions, September is probably too late, but check if your college will accept a test score this close to the application deadline. September will be okay for the Nov 1 local priority deadline (for merit based scholarship based on your GPA and ACT score) but October will be too late.
December ACT: This is cutting it really close—regular admission applications are usually due between early January and late February. Check if your colleges will accept a score this close to the application deadline. This test is too late for students who are applying for early admissions—early admission decision letters usually arrive between mid-December and February.