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ACT Exam Registration: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated on 11 January, 2024

Mrinal Mandal

Mrinal Mandal

Study Abroad Expert

ACT, or American College Testing, is an entrance examination taken by high school students in English-speaking countries. The examination is open to applicants above 13 years of age and evaluates their readiness for post-secondary education abroad. It comprises four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science, and also includes an optional writing test.

A good ACT examination score helps international students get admission globally ranked universities worldwide and earn while earning scholarships. It is usually conducted seven times a year. This article will explore the ACT exam in-depth – its fee structure, registration process, and documents required for different registration types.

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ACT Exam Fee Structure

Understanding the fee structure is essential for planning and budgeting for the exam. The ACT exam fee structure includes various costs associated with taking the ACT, such as registration fees, additional service fees, and score report fees. 

Test Options



Full ACT without writing


It includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges.

Full ACT with writing


It includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges.


Test option change



You may change your writing test preference through the late deadline in MyACT.

Additional Fee





Late registration



Registration or test date changes made during the late period.

Change fee


Changes made in a test date or test center.

Score reports to 5th and 6th college preferences



Request online before the test date. 

Additional score reports


Request additional score reports online after registering.

If any economically challenged student finds it difficult to pay the registration fee, they can apply for the ACT fee waiver. Their entire ACT fee will be waived if they qualify for the program. 

Types of ACT Exam Registration

Test-takers can register for the ACT exam in three ways:

  • Online registration
  • Offline or mail registration
  • Standby testing registration
Online registration: 

Registering online for the ACT exam is a simple process. You need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Create your MyACT account.

Go to the official ACT website, www.act.org, and create a MyACT account to register, send, or view your test scores. After creating the account, verify your details via text or email.

2. Visit the ACT dashboard.

Go to the dashboard and click on the ‘registration’ button. After reading all the requirements, you can begin your registration.

3. Select the test location and test option.

Choose a country outside the US since you will take your ACT exam in India. After choosing the country, select whether you require accommodation or not. Then you must select whether you want to opt for writing or not. 

4. Select the test center and date.

Select the county and enter your city. It will show you all the test centers in your preferred city; select the one that is convenient for you. Then choose the test date from the available dates and select the most convenient one. Click on ‘Add to Cart’ after choosing the center and date.

5. Enter your personal and demographic information.

Enter your personal and demographic information, including your gender, race, preferred language, highest education level, parent's education level, etc. Then Choose Educational Opportunity Service (EOS), a free voluntary program, scholarship agencies, and other educational opportunities.

6. Select the college preferences.

You need to select up to four colleges to send your ACT scores. The cost of sending test scores to four colleges is included in the registration fee.

7. Submit the payment.

Carefully review and confirm all the information before proceeding with the payment. You can pay the ACT test fees with a credit card, debit card, or net banking after you confirm the details.

Offline or mail registration:

To register for the ACT exam via mail, you can download a registration form from the official ACT website, fill it out, and mail it along with a check or money order for the registration fee to the address provided on the form. To register by mail, candidates should be below 13 years of age or if they cannot pay for their registration via credit card. To register for the ACT exam offline, you can:

  1. Visit the official website and request the mail packet.
  2. Fill in all the details and choose the test date and center.
  3. Mail the registration form that will be delivered within 7-10 days.
Standby testing registration:

If you miss the last date to register for the ACT, standby testing provides a non-guaranteed opportunity. Moreover, you can submit the standby requests during a limited period after the late deadline. To be considered for standby testing, you must meet other registration requirements, such as photo upload.

Test centers only admit standbys on a first-come, first-admitted basis. They are considered only if the seats, staff, and test materials are available.

One can follow the below steps for standby registration:

1. Log in to your ACT account. 

The standby request period closes seven days before the test date and entails additional fees.

2. Choose the test center. 

3. As standby testing spots are given on a first-come, first-served basis, reaching the test center early is advised. The fee will be refunded if the candidate is not admitted.

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Documents Required for ACT Exam Registration 

You must have the important original documents.  to register successfully for the ACT examination. You must carry the documents you used for registration on the test day.

Here's a complete list of documents used for the ACT registration process: 

· High school course details 

· Headshot photo

· Personal details (name, email address)

· Credit card or other payment details

Recommended Read: ACT Syllabus

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does ACT cost in India?

If you opt for ACT without writing, the cost is $176, and if you opt for ACT with writing, it is $201.

How do I apply for the ACT exam?

To apply for the ACT exam, you can follow the steps below:


  • Create an account on the ACT's official website.
  • Choose a test day and center according to your convenience.
  • Create your profile, fill in the application form, upload all the required documents, and confirm your registration.
  • Complete your registration by paying the exam fee. You can pay the fee with a debit or credit card or use any other online payment mode.

Is the ACT exam available in India?

Yes, the ACT exam is available in India. You can visit the official website to check the test dates and centers.

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Mrinal Mandal

Study Abroad Expert

Mrinal Mandal is a study abroad expert with a passion for guiding students towards their international education goals. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, earned in 2018. Since 2021, Mrinal has been working with upGrad Abroad, where he assists aspiring students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad. With his expertise and dedication, he empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of international education, making their aspirations a reality.

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