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ACT Test Dates and Deadlines

Test Dates                                       Registration Deadlines      Late Registration Period
September 12, 2020
September 13, 2020
September 19, 2020
August 14 August 15 – 28
October 10, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
October 25, 2020
September 17 September 18 – 25
December 12, 2020 (Testing available at the high school) November 6 November 7 – 20
February 6, 2021 (Testing available at the high school) January 8 January 9 – 15
April 17, 2021 (Testing available at the high school) March 12 March 13 – 26
June 12, 2021 May 7 May 8 – 21
July 17, 2021 June 18 June 19 – 25

Taking the ACT

RHS CODE - 445810

WHAT IS THE ACT? The ACT is a test that many colleges use to evaluate a student's readiness for college. The SAT is another exam used by colleges. The tests are designed to measure the same abilities. The only difference is that a few colleges require one over the other. Almost all of the colleges in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, or Oklahoma will accept either one.

WHAT IS ON THE ACT? The ACT contains multiple-choice test questions in four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science. There is also an ACT-Plus Writing section for an additional fee.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE ACT? Everyone should take the ACT at least once. This gives you an indication of your academic weaknesses and strengths. The ACT may also be your first opportunity to take a timed test. If you are planning on attending any kind of higher education, you should take the ACT.

WHY SHOULD I TAKE THE ACT MORE THAN ONCE? Many colleges and universities have minimum ACT scores for both admissions and scholarships. Once you have narrowed down your college choices, check with those colleges about ACT score requirements.

SHOULD I TAKE THE ACT PLUS WRITING? You should check directly with the schools you are interested in to see if they require the writing. Your counselor's advice is to take it at least once. It only adds 30 minutes to the test and increases the fee by $15.

HOW MUCH IS THE TEST?  ACT Only (no writing) is $50.00 ACT Plus Writing is $67.00.

IS THERE HELP AVAILABLE IF I CAN'T AFFORD IT? Yes, you can apply for a fee waiver. You are allowed two between your junior and senior years.  See your counselor for help.

WHERE DO I TAKE THE ACT? The ACT can be taken at any approved high school or college testing site. Redwater High School is now an ACT testing site for the December, February, and April administrations.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE ACT? You can register either on-line or by mail. Either way, you will need to know the following information: your name, SSN, date of birth, gender, phone number, the year you will graduate, high school code (top of page), test center code (top of page), college choices (pp.33-38 in "Registering for the ACT" guide), & address.

HOW WILL COLLEGES KNOW MY SCORE? The ACT will send your scores to any four colleges that you choose. You will provide those when you register.

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? Refer to the "Preparing for the ACT" Guide or go to Also, your counselor, Mrs. McCarter, will be happy to help.

You may go to and set up an account.  It cost you nothing.  You can get helpful tips and you will also be able to check your ACT scores here as well.