ACT Information

What is the ACT?

The ACT is a national college admissions test that measures student's academic skills in English, Math, Science and Reading.

  • It is curriculum based - not an aptitude or IQ test
  • Standardized, timed, multiple-choice exam

Why take the ACT?

  • Is accepted by all US colleges and universities
  • Has an optional writing test
  • Is the nation's most-taken college entrance exam
  • Includes an educational and career planning component
  • Provides four free score reports for each student (If ordered at time of registration)

What is an ACT Waiver Program?  The ACT fee Waiver Program is designed to assist students for whom payment of the basic registration fee could be a barrier to college entrance. If you are a student that received low-income public assistance, a word of the state, resides in a foster home, is homeless, participates in free or reduced-price lunch program or family income is at or below the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistic Low Standard budget check with your counselor to see if you qualify for a fee waiver for the ACT test.

2023-2024 ACT TEST DATES

September 9, 2023

  • Registration Deadline August 4, 2023
  • Late Fee Registration August 18, 2023 
  • Standby Deadline September 1, 2023

October 28, 2023

  • Registration Deadline September 22, 2023 
  • Late Fee Registration October 6, 2023
  • Standby Deadline October 20, 2023

December 9, 2023

  • Registration Deadline November 3, 2023
  • Late Fee Registration November 17, 2023
  • Standby Deadline December 1, 2023

February 10, 2024

  • Registration Deadline January 5, 2023
  • Late Fee Registration January 19, 2023
  • Standby Deadline February 2, 2023

April 13, 2024

  • Registration Deadline March 8, 2023
  • Late Fee Registration March 22, 2023
  • Standby Deadline April 5, 2023

June 8, 2024

  • Registration Deadline May 3, 2023
  • Late Fee Registration May 17, 2023
  • Standby Deadline May 31, 2023

NOTE: If you miss the regular deadline, you can register during the late period but must pay the additional nonrefundable late fee.  All materials sent by mail must be RECEIVED by the last day of the late period, regardless of when they are postmarked.


  • ACT No Writing $60.00- Check ACT website to see if the colleges you are considering require or recommend the ACT Writing Test.
  • ACT Plus Writing  $85.00
  • ACT Late Registration Fee additional $36.00

How do I register for ACT?

  • Go to
  • Sign up or log in to your ACT web account
  • Select your test date and test option (ACT or ACT Plus Writing)
  • Select your test center (Mexico High School # 262-190)
  • Upload your photo

Choose your college reports:

  • Send up to four score reports free by listing those colleges when you register
  • Scores are normally reported 2-8 weeks after you test (5-8 for the ACT Plus Writing.
  • Learn more about Superscore: ACT Superscore