In India, the ACT tests are offered on second Saturday of April, June, September and December. Also available on the fourth Saturday of October.
The best time to give the tests are all with respect to College Application Deadlines.
For exact Dates and Deadlines for each college click here.
For exact ACT dates, visit: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html
For a majority of the colleges, the Early Action or Early Decision Applications deadline is November 15th. For Regular Decision, the Deadline is 1st January.
You want all your ACT scores in at least a month before you apply.
Why is the end of your 11th grade the best time to take the ACT?
The December of the 11th grade is the ideal time to take the ACT. The Math syllabus for ACT is all covered by the 12th grade and the English is where most people are stumped. With sufficient preparation, even the English sections can be tamed.
The shortage of ACT test dates limits the time you have to give these exams. The 12th grade is where students have a hard time balancing academics, social service, extra-curriculars and college applications and being done with the ACT is a big relief.
Results of the ACT tests come out 3-4 weeks after you take it. So if you are unhappy with your score the first time, you can give it again in April or June.
The most important part about choosing a date is that you are relaxed and not worrying about anything else during your test. It is a 3 hour long test where you want to be fresh and ready to concentrate. Don’t pick a date where you have another School exam on the Monday after or a big Project due on the Friday before.
Often, the slots are already full and you don’t get your desired date. So, book your date well in advance. Some prefer to wait till the last minute, and once they are confident about their preparation, they start searching for the nearest available date. This can be a problem as you might not get a single date and have to wait for a long time which in turn affects your preparation leading to a BAD day.
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