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ACT INFORMATION

Test Date: Registration Deadline:
September 10, 2016 August 5, 2016
October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016
February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017

Registration Information

ACT Photo Submission Overview

As part of ACT's test security requirements, you must provide a recent photo of yourself in order to complete your test registration. This photo will be used for identification and test security purposes. This photo will print on your ticket and on the score report that is automatically sent to your high school. ACT will retain the photo for a period of time consistent with active use of test scores and test security purposes.

Photo submission options include:

  • Uploading a photo from your computer
  • Uploading a photo using a mobile device
  • Submitting a paper photo

Your photo must be added by the photo upload deadline for your test date. You are strongly encouraged to complete this part of your registration and print your ticket as soon as possible, to ensure everything is in order well before test day. You can't print your ticket until the photo is added—and without a ticket, you can't test. If you don't add your photo by the photo deadline, your registration will be cancelled and you will NOT be admitted to test. More details are provided in the photo upload deadline section below. You must bring a printed copy of your ticket and a valid photo ID in order to be admitted on test day. For more details, check out the Test Day Checklist.

FAFSA Information

What happened to the Federal Student Aid PIN?

The FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN on May 10, 2015. (Read a post on the Department of Education blog providing an “obituary” for the PIN, explaining its history and introducing the FSA ID.) If you haven’t logged in to a Federal Student Aid site (such as fafsa.gov or StudentLoans.gov) since May 10, you will need to create an FSA ID before you can log on in the future. If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. (This will save you time when registering for your FSA ID.) If you’ve forgotten your PIN, don’t worry; you can either enter the answer to your PIN “challenge question” during the FSA ID registration process to link your PIN, or you can just create your FSA ID from scratch. A PIN is not required to create an FSA ID.