ACT Test Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

 

National Extended Time (50% time extension)

Special Testing (at school)

Eligibility to Request Extended Time

  • Professionally diagnosed condition.
  • Appropriate documentation on file at school.
  • Extended time used on tests in school due to disability.

Which Type of Testing to Request

Apply for National Extended Time if the student:

  • Normally uses up to time-and-a-half for tests in school
    AND
  • Can use a regular type (10-pt.) or large type (18-pt.) test booklet
    AND
  • Will test at a test center in the U.S., U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, or Canada.

Request Special Testing (at school) only if the student:

  • Normally uses more than time-and-a-half on tests (or uses extended time only on writing tests), or
  • Requires testing over multiple days due to the nature of the disability, or
  • Normally uses alternate test formats such as Braille, DVDs, or a reader; or a scribe or computer for essays (available only for students whose disabilities prevent them from writing independently) or
  • Needs extended time or alternate formats and will test outside the U.S. or Canada.

Testing Time Authorized

  • Time-and-a-half: 5 hours total for ACT (No Writing) or 5 hours and 45 minutes total for ACT Plus Writing (includes breaks between tests).
  • Self-paced within total time allowed.
  • Must complete all tests in a single session.
  • Timing guidelines based on test format and disability diagnosis.
  • Time for each test individually monitored.
  • May request to test over multiple days (at least one test per day).

Other Accommodations

  • Requests for accommodations must be warranted by documentation submitted.
  • On written request, supported by documentation, may be authorized to bring a sign language interpreter for spoken instructions, etc.
  • Requests for accommodations must be warranted by documentation submitted.
  • On written request, supported by documentation, may be authorized for assistance marking answers, magnifying device, reader, Braille device, etc.

Forms and Documentation to Submit

  • Application for ACT Extended Time National Testing
  • Supporting documentation required:
    • If first diagnosed within last 3 years, complete documentation required.
    • In all cases, copy of test accommodations pages from most current IEP, Section 504 Plan, or official accommodations plan must be submitted to ACT. If plan has been in place less than 3 years, complete documentation required.
    • If no current IEP, Section 504, or accommodations plan, include exceptions information and complete documentation specified on application.
  • A copy of your ticket (or your ACT ID) for the test date for which you are requesting extended time.
  • Request for ACT Special Testing
  • Supporting documentation required:
    • If first diagnosed within last 3 years, complete documentation required.
    • Copy of test accommodations pages from most current IEP, Section 504 Plan, or official accommodations plan. If plan has been in place less than 3 years, complete documentation required.
    • If no current IEP, Section 504, or accommodations plan, include exceptions information and complete documentation specified on request form.
  • Do not register online or complete a registration folder.
  • Payment of basic fee for test location:
    U.S., U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada: See current ACT fees for details.
    Other locations: (add international surcharge) (not offered in Feb.).

Test Dates or Testing Windows, Deadlines, and Retest Restrictions

Test DateDeadline*
Sept. 13, 2014 Aug. 8, 2014
Oct. 25, 2014 Sept. 19, 2014
Dec. 13, 2014 Nov. 7, 2014
Feb. 7, 2015 Jan. 9, 2015
Apr. 18, 2015 Mar. 13, 2015
June 13, 2015 May 8, 2015
  • ACT (No Writing) and ACT Plus Writing available only during testing windows below (not outside U.S. and Canada in Feb.); requests for Special Testing must be postmarked by the deadline listed below. 
Testing Window Deadline
Sept. 13– Oct. 5, 2014 Aug. 8, 2014
Oct. 25–Nov. 16, 2014 Sept. 19, 2014
Dec. 13, 2014–Jan.4, 2015 Nov. 7, 2014
Feb. 7–March 1, 2015* Jan. 9, 2015
Apr. 18–May 10, 2015 Mar. 13, 2015
June 13–July 5, 2015 May 8, 2015
*Applications for National Extended Time will be processed only if returned with a copy of your ticket. Forms postmarked after the regular deadline, but received by the late deadline, will be processed. Forms received after the late deadline will be processed for the next test date.

Test Location and Supervisor Qualifications

  • At scheduled national test centers; administered in small groups (usually no more than 10 in extended time room).
  • Supervisor must meet required qualifications.
  • Normally, at school attended by student; if alternate location, explanation required; administered individually or in small groups separated by timing code.
  • Supervisor must meet required qualifications.

Test Information Release

Copy of questions and answers available for additional fee after December, April, and June test dates.
Not available through Special Testing.
Contact ACT
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., CT
Phone: 319.337.1332
National Extended Time 
301 ACT Drive
PO Box 4068
Iowa City, IA 52243-4068
Special Testing (at school)
301 ACT Drive
PO Box 4028
Iowa City, IA 52243-4028