Starting this September, international students who sit for the ACT exam — required by many U.S. colleges and universities for admissions — will use a computer instead of pencils and paper. The ACT made the decision to go digital for all international versions of the exam after successfully testing the computer-based version in the U.S.
Students can register in July for the September test, which will have the same format and timing as the paper test. However, there will reportedly be some cool new digital tools including:
ANSWER MASKING: Allows students to block a question’s answer choices at first, in case they’d like to propose their own answers before seeing the choices.
ANSWER ELIMINATOR: Helps students eliminate wrong answers by allowing them to place a large red “X” over discarded choices
MAGNIFIER: Makes text, charts and graphs larger and easier to read.
BOOKMARK: Allows students to save questions to which they’d like to return
If you’re planning to take the digital ACT and want to try out the software and tools, you can take practice tests on the ACT website. You must have the Google Chrome browser to access the tests.
The following ACT international test dates for 2018-19 have been announced. For each of the two days within a testing window, morning and afternoon sessions will be offered. Session availability may vary by test center, so be sure to check.
September 7-8. 2018
October 26-27, 2018
December 7-8, 2018
February 8-9, 2019
April 12-13, 2019
June 7-8, 2019
For more information about the new computer-based test, click here