Services for Examinees with Disabilities

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee's diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations. For details, see ACT Policy for Documentation to Support Requests for Test Accommodations on the ACT.

If you currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support a request for one of the following:

  • National Extended Time (50% time extension):  Approved examinees taking the ACT have up to 5 hours total to work on all four multiple-choice tests at their own pace. Approved examinees taking the ACT with writing have up to 6 hours to complete all five tests. Both options include time for breaks between tests.
  • Special Testing (at school): Testing at school with extended time (more than 50% time extension) and alternate formats available—not as part of national or international testing at a test center.

The basic fees for all forms of testing are the same. Read the information about each to determine which one to choose and follow that application or request process carefully. Refer to the comparison chart to review the requirements and features of National Extended Time and Special Testing (at school) to decide which is most appropriate for you.

If you have already been approved for National Extended Time, you may request a test date change or register to take the test again.

ACT will treat all information you provide to support your request as confidential and will use it solely to determine your eligibility for accommodations. Details about your test accommodations will be shared only with the testing staff and will not be released to anyone else, including your chosen score report recipients. The only exceptions are for those instances in which an applicant's accommodation-related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity. 

The ACT and ACT with writing are offered only in English. Accommodations (including extended time) are not available solely on the basis of limited English proficiency.