Registration & Test Dates
Students interested in taking the ACT should use the information below to check for deadlines for registration. All students are required to create an account and register online for the ACT (with the exception of the school day testing in the spring of their junior year).
To register for go to www.actstudent.org and complete registration and payment.
- If you have missed the late registration deadline for a test date, you may be able to request standby testing.
- If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you can qualify for a fee waiver to cover the cost of the test ($62.50 with writing, $46.00 without). See the guidance office for the waiver.
All requests for accommodations (including those specified from an IEP, Section 504, or ELL document), must be submitted by the late registration deadline through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. Accommodations and English learner supports are not available for standby testing.
Reminders for ACT test day:
- Arrive no later than 7:55 am
- Bring items on this checklist, including a calculator (check approved calculator list to make sure your calculator is allowed), pencils, photo I.D., and ACT ticket
- Even if you are a Goshen student, you will not be allowed into the test without a photo I.D.
Maximizing your ACT scores: Should I take it again?
As students across the country receive their ACT scores, many are left wondering if they should retake the test in order to improve their score. According to ACT, 57% of students nationally improve on their second attempt. However, fewer students see improvement on a third attempt compared to their second. Ultimately, test scores are just a snapshot of who you were on a single test day, and thankfully, colleges will look at the whole picture.
For students who are considering a retest, it may make sense to engage in some test preparation beforehand. One option is to enroll in test preparation classes such as The LEAP Improvement offered by our ACT Prep partner. This summer LEAP is offering ACT Prep Essentials Courses for both June and July tests. The regular price for each course is $279, and registration is now open.
What is "super scoring"?
By understanding the ACT score reporting process and the concept of Super Scoring, students can greatly impact their chances of acceptance into their desired colleges.
Privacy laws allow students to control the release of their score reports, and with the ability to test four times, students can choose to only release their highest score report.
Some colleges offer Super Scoring, which takes the best score from each section across multiple test dates, potentially boosting the student's chance at acceptance. It is important to ask colleges where you intend to apply about their Super Scoring policy.
To calculate your ACT Super Score Composite, locate the best English, Math, Reading, and Science scores across all testing attempts, add them together, then divide by 4. The new composite score should be rounded down for .25 and up for .5 and .75.
With a deeper understanding of Super Scoring, students can strategically plan their testing and score reporting to increase their chances of college acceptance.