The April 4, 2020 ACT has been canceled.

Registered families will be able to reschedule to a future date or request a refund.

ACT will email you details soon. 

The next Saturday national test date for the ACT is Saturday, April 4, 2020

with a registration deadline of February 28 and

a late fee final deadline of March 13.

Should you be taking this test?


If you live in the Greater Cincinnati area (like me!), you probably took or are taking the free state ACT on February 25 or March 10. Well over 90% of public schools choose the ACT over the SAT. Many private schools also opt to give the state test and usually choose the ACT as well.

While you may not have your state scores before the April ACT, you still may want to consider testing.

  • You missed the state test due to illness, or another reason, and haven’t taken an ACT….or you went to school sick and aren’t expecting great scores.
  • Taking the state test envigorated you and you want to keep momentum going (hoping to be finished with April!)
  • You took the state test “cold” (no prep – which we never recommend), realize that was probably a mistake and want to prep and test again soon

We recommend you always test with prep. Check out our open classes and individualized tutoring here.

If you choose to wait beyond April, the next tests before senior year (recommended to finish by then!) are June 13 and July 18.

Seniors Who Want Increased Scholarships

Yes, it may not be too late to get more money!

A couple of years ago a LEAP student, Jill, thought she was finished testing and sitting pretty wtih her 29 ACT and admitted to her goal college. While paying her deposit to enroll, she noticed some fine print on the merit scholarship page,

“(University Name) will take the highest score from any one test sitting until May 1 of the year you graduate high school, so make sure to send your scores if you take the ACT or SAT multiple times.”

Could she have read this correctly? The scholarship grid indicated that her 29 was only 1 point away from the difference in a 45% tuition scholarship and a 67% tuition scholarship: a difference of $5,000 in free merit aid each year.

Jill quickly registered for the April ACT and set up additional tutoring before the test. This would cost her approximately $300 total, but save her $20,000 on college if she improved by one point…….she did it!

Our advice, check merit scholarship details at the school where you’ll enroll.


If you are in algebra 2 and nearing the end of the year, it would be okay to take your first ACT as early as April. And it’s advisable to take your first ACT over the summer if your schedule allows, but by all means no later than December for a first test date.

Those 10th grades in geometry are advised to wait.

To learn when your ideal sweet spot for testing is join us at our next Test Planning Workshop – a free event! 

Attend and learn:

-The best first attempt date for YOU (no one-size fits all)!
-How often and when to test.
-How to create a testing timeline that will avoid testing during the daunting college application season.