Retest Exception Request

To maintain the security of the test, ACT restricts the number of times an examinee may take the ACT to a total of 12 times. This restriction applies even if your scores from a test date are cancelled by you or by ACT. In calculating the 12-test total, ACT makes exceptions for State Testing required by your state's department of education, your district, or tests taken as a young examinee through an academic talent search organization.

Retest Exception Request Deadlines
Test Date Deadline Date
Sept 21, 2013 Aug 9, 2013
Oct 26, 2013 Sept 13, 2013
Dec 14, 2013 Oct 25, 2013
Feb 8, 2014 Dec 27, 2013
Apr 12, 2014 Feb 28, 2014
Jun 14, 2014 Apr 25, 2014

If you wish to request an exception to be allowed to test more than 12 times, complete and submit this form no later than the deadline listed above for your desired test date.

Please complete as many fields as you can. Fields marked * are required.

Provide the following information about the student:

Date of Birth:


What is my ACT ID and why is it important?

If you register for an ACT National or International Test Date, we will automatically assign you an ACT ID whether or not you provided your Social Security number (SSN) when you registered. If you test through any other testing program (e.g., State, Special, Arranged, DANTES, or Residual), we assign an ACT ID only if you did not provide your SSN. The ACT ID is an eight-digit number beginning with a dash that is located at the top of your Student Report and also appears on the score reports we send to the high school and colleges you requested.

The ACT ID helps us identify your record if you did not provide your SSN and allows you to access and order ACT services without having to provide your SSN. (For example, if you wish to send your scores, correct information on your score reports, or create a student Web account.)

If you test through State, Special, Arranged, or DANTES Testing, you can view your scores and score report online after you receive your score report in the mail. All you need to do is create or log in to your ACT Web account. You must provide the ACT ID printed on your score report to access your scores if you did not provide your SSN when you tested.

Explain why you are requesting an exception to be allowed to take the ACT more than 12 times. Include as much detail as possible.

Please Note:
This form is to be used only for exceptions to ACT’s 12-test restriction policy. Exception requests will not be considered for students who have not already tested 10 times. Please direct any other questions related to registering for the ACT to

Examinees filling out the form by hand should mail submissions to:

ACT Retest Administrator (53)
P.O. Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243-0168