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ACT joins a host of education providers offering online alternatives during COVID-19. Source: Frederick Florin/AFP

College hopefuls, here’s some good news: you can still take the ACT test this year.

Since the scheduled test on April 4 had to be postponed, ACT has announced a number of options for high-school leavers in the US.

This comes after a growing number of US universities such as the University of California system, Harvard University and Cornell University announced that they would waive standardised testing requirements for 2021 applicants.

Every year, over one million high school students in the US take the standardised ACT test as a college entrance exam. It involves English, Math, Reading, Science, and (optional) Writing components, allowing American universities to gauge their applicant’s breadth of knowledge.

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Missed your college entrance test? Worry not, new dates have been announced. Source: Frederick Florin/AFP

When can I take the ACT test?

ACT has rescheduled the April 4 test to June 13. Besides that, you can also take the test on September 12, October 24 and December 12 this year.

Bear in mind that these dates are not set in stone. They are subject to guidelines from the local authorities and the Centre for Disease Control, based on the COVID-19 situation at that time.

The official website reads: “If a test centre is not able to open on the national test date, a makeup test date will be provided a week later.”

So if the test doesn’t happen on June 13, it will be moved to June 20, and so on.

If you had registered for the April test, you should hear about the rescheduling from ACT via e-mail or mail. Alternatively, you can also check for updates on the official website.

Separately, you still can take the test at participating colleges and universities. Check out the details for ACT On-Campus Testing here.

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You will soon be able to take the ACT test online. Source: Saeed Khan/AFP

Can I take the ACT test online?

Yes, you can!

ACT announced that beginning late fall or early winter this year, students will be able to take the test at home. All you need is a computer with the equipment to facilitate remote proctoring — and a stable Internet connection, of course.

Register to take the ACT test online on the official website now.

What if I signed up for the ACT State and District Testing pmerogram?

As stated on the ACT website, “Students who are testing under ACT State and District Testing programme should reach out to their school to check the latest testing status.”

If you’re waiting on results, it’s best to check through your school too.

Still have questions? Call, e-mail, or live chat an ACT representative to clarify. Details can also be found on the official website.

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