Can I retake the ACT test?

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You can take the ACT as many times as you like before it's time for your college applications to be done. If you take it more than once, you can select whichever test score you prefer to be sent to colleges when you apply. However, you can only take advantage of this option if, at the time you register for the test, you do not designate certain colleges to receive your scores automatically. Thus, if you are even possibly interested in taking the test more than once, it is crucial that you not designate any colleges when you register for the test. You can (for a small additional fee) have ACT scores sent to colleges at any time after the scores are reported.

So if you can afford the small extra fee to send the scores again, give yourself the freedom to retake the test (unless you're taking it under the wire and need your scores to reach your target schools ASAP). What this means, of course, is that even if you don't get the score you're looking for the first time, you can give yourself another chance without the schools of your choice seeing every score. The ACT is one of the few areas of your academic life in which you get a second chance. Still, keep in mind that your goal is to get your desired score as soon as possible by using your Kaplan Strategies and Methods. Once you get the score you're looking for, you can breathe a little easier about your college applications!


The ACT is offered many times per year, so plan your prep and testing around the date that will give you the most time to prepare. Consider activities, class tests, and personal plans when setting your prep and test schedule so you can give your preparation the attention it deserves.

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