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Caiaimage/Chris Ryan / Getty Images For Students and Parents Test Prep Test Registration Test Prep Strategies Study Skills SAT Test Prep ACT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated February 20, 2020 Students taking the ACT college entrance exam in the 2019-20 academic year will need to pay $52.00 for the basic ACT or $68 for the ACT with writing. The true cost of the exam, however, is likely to be much higher because most students take it more than once, and a significant percentage of applicants will need to purchase additional score reports. A typical applicant will spend well over $100 on the ACT during the college admissions process. The table below presents the costs of ACT exams and services for the 2018-19 admissions cycle. You'll also find information on fee waiver availability. You'll see that ACT costs are similar to SAT costs. ACT Costs, Fees, and Waiver Availability Product/Service Cost Fee WaiverAvailable? ACT Exam (no writing) $52 Yes ACT Exam with writing $68 Yes First four ACT score reports $0 Free 5th and 6th score report add-on $13 each No Re-register by phone $15 No Late registration $30 No Standby testing $55 No International testing $150 No Test date change $32 No Test center change $32 No Test information release $22 No Addition score reports $13 No The True Cost of the ACT? Your actual cost for the ACT will obviously depend upon a few factors: How many times you take the exam. Applicants to the country's top colleges and universities tend to take the ACT at least twice. To see when it makes sense to take the exam, read this article: When and How Many Times Should You Take the ACT?. How many colleges you apply to. ACT covers your first four score reports in the exam fee, but here again applicants to selective colleges typically apply to more than four schools. Read To How Many Colleges Should You Apply to learn more about the issue. Sample ACT Cost Scenarios: The following situations are typical and illustrate the wide range of ACT costs students might accrue during the college admissions process. Scenario 1: Gwen is applying to three regional universities within an hour of her home. She takes the ACT (without writing) once at the end of junior year, and her scores are in the upper range for admitted students at two of those universities. She decides not to take the exam again senior year. Gwen's three score reports will be free, so she simply needs to pay the ACT exam fee. Gwen's Total ACT Cost: $52. Scenario 2: Antonio is applying to six colleges, and none of them require the writing section of the ACT. His top two colleges are highly selective, and Antonio worries his scores from junior year won't be high enough to get in. He studies over the summer and retakes the exam his senior year. He will need to pay for two administrations of the ACT (at $52 each) as well as two additional score reports (at $13 each). Antonio's Total ACT Cost: $130. Scenario 3: Aleksandra is an ambitious student applying to a few of the country's most selective colleges. She took the ACT her sophomore year for admission to a summer program, and she then took it again with the writing section in both her junior and senior years. Because the colleges to which she is applying have such low acceptance rates, she is applying to 11 colleges and universities. Aleksandra's costs really start to add up. She has one ACT (at $52), two ACT with writing (at $68 each), and 7 additional score reports (at $13 each). Aleksandra's Total ACT Cost: $279. For students applying to highly selective colleges, Aleksandra's situation is not uncommon, and ambitious students should plan on budgeting a couple hundred dollars for the ACT. Also keep in mind that the ACT is just one piece of the standardized testing equation for college admissions. For top schools, applicants may also need to take SAT Subject Tests and Advanced Placement exams. The latter are pricey, and it isn't unusual for academically strong students to spend upwards of $1,000 on standardized testing during the college admissions process. Can You Get Your ACT Fees Waived? Fee waivers are available for the ACT and the ACT with writing. Qualifying students can get two waivers. You'll need to talk to your school counselor to learn about ACT fee waiver eligibility guidelines, for waivers are granted through your school, not through the ACT website. The ACT is a bit stingier with fee waivers than the SAT, for ACT waivers do not cover additional score reports. This can be a burden for academically strong low-income students. If you need more than four score reports but can't afford them, be sure to talk to your school to see if assistance is available. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Grove, Allen. "2019-20 ACT Costs, Fees and Waivers." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/act-costs-fees-and-waivers-4122131. Grove, Allen. (2020, August 26). 2019-20 ACT Costs, Fees and Waivers. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/act-costs-fees-and-waivers-4122131 Grove, Allen. "2019-20 ACT Costs, Fees and Waivers." 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