Should I retake the ACT?

Dear Eligibility Coach:

I got my ACT scores and my coach has suggested that I re-take the test. How do I know if I should take the test again?

Dear Student:

The next national testing date for the ACT is May 9, 2013, and the deadline to register is Friday, March 1, 2013.

When trying to decide if you should re-test, there are two questions you need to ask yourself: Will I be able to be admitted to the university of my choice, and be certified by either the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Centers with my current score? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then you probably need to re-test.

There is no point of re-testing unless you are going to change how you prepared for the test originally. ACT research shows that of the students who took the ACT more than once:

  • 57% increased their Composite score on the re-test
  • 21% had no change in their Composite score on the re-test
  • 22% decreased their Composite score on the re-test

Registration

The fastest way to register for the ACT is online. This allows you to know immediately if your preferred test center has space available for you. On-line registration also allows you to print your admission ticket directly from the website.

Please note that you will need to register by mail IF: 1) you are younger than 13, or 2) you cannot pay by credit card.

Registration Fees

  • $35, for ACT without writing component, includes a score report for you, your high school, and up to four colleges or universities
  • $50.50 for ACT with writing component, includes a score report for you, your high school, and up to four colleges or universities
  • $11 for additional scores reports, other than the initial four
  • $16 for additional score report delivered as priority
  • $22 late fee, for registering after the deadline

If you want to participate in sports in college, you must include the NCAA Eligibility Center code: 9999, and/or the NAIA Eligibility Center code: 9876 when you register for the ACT in order for you to not have to pay an additional fee to have the scores sent.

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