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About the ACTRegistration - Testing Sites - Standby Testing - Scores - Students with Disabilities - Enquiries

About the ACT

The ACT is a curriculum-based exam testing students in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT with writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 40 minutes if you are taking the ACT with writing).

Since the ACT has a Science Reasoning section and its Math section measures at a higher level (trigonometry) than the SAT Reasoning Test (geometry), students strong in these fields may benefit by taking the ACT. Additionally, some students applying to the most competitive universities will prefer the option to complete their admissions test requirement in one testing date (ACT with Writing), rather than two (SAT Reasoning Test on one testing date, SAT Subject Tests on a second date).


The US-UK Fulbright Commission is not a testing centre and cannot register you for the test. You may register for the ACT on the ACT website.

Registration Guide

We have created a step-by-step guide to registering for the ACT. Please note, we have put this document together as a helpful guide. We cannot take responsibility for inaccuracies.

Testing Fees

$39.50 test registration fee + $40 international processing fee: Add $17 for the Writing section: Add $49 for standby testing: $12 for additional score reports (beyond the 4 free score reports at registration).

Testing Dates

The remaining test dates for the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:

The 2017-2018 test dates will be released in 2017. Check the website for updates.  

Please note that not all centres are available on every testing date. Please check the map below to view each test centre and the dates offered for the individual locations. 

Testing Sites

Testing Sites: The tests are offered at the following locations in the UK: Battle (Pestalozzi International Village Trust); Berkshire (Wellington College); Brentwood, Essex (Brentwood School); Bromsgrove (Bromsgrove School); Bushey, Hertfordshire (Immanuel College); Cobham, Surrey (ACS Cobham International School); Cults Aberdeen (International School of Aberdeen); Hillingdon Middlesex (ACS Hillingdon International School); London (University College School); London (Southbank International School); Oxford (EF International Academy); Sevenoaks, England (Sevenoaks School); Shrewsbury, England (Concord University); Thorpe Surrey (TASIS The American School).

 Please note that not all centres are available on every testing date. Please check the map below to view each test centre and the dates offered for the individual locations.

Map of ACT testing centres in the UK

Standby Testing

Students who missed the registration deadline may take the ACT via standby testing. To take the test standby, you will go to a testing centre with your completed form (a list of centres is online). If students who registered for the test do not turn up, their places are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. For that reason, we recommend arriving before 7 am to queue. Do not contact the testing site in advance, as they will not know how many standby places will be available.


There are four sections on the ACT and scores range from 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students taking the test will be scored on each question and for each correct answer will be given one point (there is no penalty for guessing), after the points are added up, they will generate a raw score. This raw score is then compared to other students taking the test on the same day and those who have previously taken the test. This comparison assigns a scale score to each test taker so they may evaluate their performance against other test takers. When students receive their score report, they will only see their scale score and not the raw score.

The four sections in the ACT marked with scores from 1 to 36 and the overall composite is the average whole number score between the four sections. For example, a student could get a 28 in English, 26 in Maths, 32 in Science and 30 in Reading to have a composite score of 29 from all four sections. For further information on ACT scoring please see the ACT website.

After you take the ACT you will be able to see your score reports online after they are scored (within 3-8 weeks). After the scoring, the results can be mailed by post, online or through a twice monthly CD to the universities of your choice. Allow for extra time for the scores to be sent and processed. Your university will have a method of choice for receiving scores and in most cases you will not be able to decide how to send your scores. In some cases the university will accept scores in more than one way and you can chose whether you want it to be sent through electronic submission, by post or in CD form.

During registration you may request that your scores be sent to up to four universities for free and you will have the option to send to another two for an additional fee of $12 each. In total you may request six universities at the time of registration (four for no fee and two for an additional fee).

To order additional ACT scores you can go to the ACT website and make a request online through your online account or by post (telephone requests incur an additional fee). There is a fee of $11.25 for each additional score report made after the registration period, depending on the request type. 

Students with Disabilities

Special accommodations may be arranged for taking most admissions tests. Please allow 6-8 weeks for the process. For more information, consult the College Board or ACT websites or call 001-319-337-1332 during normal office hours, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.


For more information on testing sites, dates and registration, visit the ACT website or contact the ACT.