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Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

ACT reopened its MyACT registration system for fall testing this morning at 10am Central. After a multitude of issues last week, ACT has instituted two major changes to the system: auto-registration for seniors and queuing.

Auto-Registering Seniors
They appear to have attempted to auto-register rising seniors who were scheduled for a canceled test this past spring or summer. Students likely received an email from ACT letting them know if they were able to auto-register them successfully. If they were auto-registered, students can still log in and make changes to the registration like test site or date. Some students have reported that they have received notifications from ACT that they were unable to auto-register them, though a reason was not provided.

Registration Queuing
They’ve introduced a queuing system for students to get on the site to prevent crashes similar to last week. Once the site has reached a maximum number of users, students attempting to register will be placed in line. Students will hear a “chime” when they are at the front of the line, at which point they will have 20 minutes to access the registration system. With some wait times being over an hour, it’s important to stay near your computer so you don’t miss the “chime.”

ACT also updated their FAQ with more information on registration today and have been posting on Twitter. Some important notes:

  • Standby testing will be available at no charge for the September test date
  • Online, remote testing is still planned at this point for winter, which may be helpful for some students
  • Juniors are encouraged to select December or later dates to enable seniors to test before college admissions deadlines

Our directing team will continue to support students and families as they plan for the fall.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO

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