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 and District 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 12, 2015 Aug 7, 2015
Oct 24, 2015 Sept 18, 2015
Dec 12, 2015 Nov 6, 2015
Feb 6, 2016 Jan 8, 2016
Apr 9, 2016 Mar 4, 2016
Jun 11, 2016 May 6, 2016

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 at the time of registration. If you test through any other testing program (e.g., State and District, Special, Arranged, or DANTES), we assign an ACT ID when your answer document is scored.

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 to any colleges you requested. The ACT ID helps us identify your record and allows you to access and order ACT services. (For example, if you wish to send your scores, correct information on your score reports, or create an ACT Web account.)

If you test through State and District, 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.

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