ACT canceled – What am I supposed to do?

ACT canceled woman showing frustration on her face

Your high school student wants to apply to Flagship U, which despite the growing list of test optional colleges and universities, still requires the ACT.  She was registered for an earlier test, but a global pandemic rudely interrupted our lives and the ACT got canceled.

Okay, you thought, we’ll just sign up for the June test. Now that one got canceled as well.

There is a July test scheduled, which traditionally has had more demand than seats available, and the possibility remains that could be canceled as well.


Incredibly. Frustrating.


What is a family supposed to do?

ACT canceled empty classroomThe good news is you are not alone. Thousands of families are running into the same barriers.

So much related to COVID-19 is unknown. ACT cancellations will depend on the regulations and safety precautions connected to each testing site, making it crucial that families directly contact the testing site where they are registered to get the most up-to-date information.

With all this in mind, here are some recommendations:

  • Register for the earliest available test date at a site that is convenient for you
  • If your ACT test is canceled, re-register for the next available test date at a convenient location
  • Communicate with your admission reps at the colleges you are considering to understand how they are responding to test cancellations
  • If appropriate, use the special circumstances section on the college application to explain your testing challenges

Finally, hang in there. Colleges understand the admissions process has been massively disrupted and will be adapting their policies.

The team of experts at College Inside Track is happy to help. Schedule a free advice session to learn how to navigate the testing landscape, the new college admissions normal and help your student stand out.