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ACT Changes for International Students

Attention international students – the ACT is changing things up.  Starting in September 2018, the ACT is moving towards computer-based testing for all international students.  International students will need to take the entire exam on the computer (unless the student has approved accommodations that approve them for paper testing).

While the test is still taken in one test sitting, international students now have the option of choosing among four testing times occurring within a two-day window. For instance, the September ACT is being offered on both September 7 and September 8, with two separate testing time options for each day. Students have the option of choosing which day and which time slot they would like for the exam. Additionally, a late registration window has been created for the first time for ACT International test takers. Following in the path of the SAT, the ACT’s extended time window now grants additional opportunities for students to register.

ACT International Test Dates & Deadlines [2018-2019]
Test Date* Registration Deadline $46 or $60 (w/ essay) Late Registration Deadline + $29
September 7-8, 2018 August 10, 2018 August 11-31, 2018
October 26-27, 2018 September 28, 2018 September 29 – October 19, 2018
December 7-8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 3-30, 2018
February 8-9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 12 – February 1, 2019
April 12-13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 9 – April 5, 2019
June 7-8, 2019 May 3, 2019 May 4-31, 2019

*For each of the two days within a testing window, there will be morning and afternoon sessions offered. Session availability may vary by test center.

The ACT has upgraded their test prep materials to provide downloadable software for students to practice their computer testing skills online. By downloading the ACT’s TestNav system, students have access to one full-length ACT practice test that is broken down into subsections. Students have the opportunity to log into each section separately (i.e. the Science section) and take the section timed or untimed. While the test is not compiled, students can take the sections back to back to simulate the testing experience. Unlike the practice tests provided in the ACT Online Prep (to purchase) this exam is a much more recently administered form of the test released in April 2017 (74F).

The TestNav system is the same software international students will be using on test day at their testing center. Additionally, students have access to practice test 74F, which is relatively recent compared to their other practice materials.

To learn more about the testing software and the tools students will have available during the test, click here. An additional fact sheet is also available for download here.

Note Stoodnt has partnered with one of the leading test prep companies to offer online SAT/ACT testing.  Please contact us for more information.

Author: Yuri Punj

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