Standby Testing

If you miss the late deadline to register for a test date, or to request a test date or test center change, you may choose to sign in to your ACT account to request and pay for standby testing.

Standby requests must be submitted during a limited “Standby Request Period” before the test date. Requests cannot be accepted after the last date listed for each test date below.  

Test Date Standby Request Period
September 13, 2014 August 23 – September 5, 2014
October 25, 2014               October 4 – October 17, 2014
December 13, 2014 November 22 – December 5, 2014
February 7, 2015 January 17 – January 30, 2015
April 18, 2015 March 28 – April 10, 2015
June 13, 2015       May 23 – June 5, 2015

The following conditions apply to standby testing:

  • You are not guaranteed a seat or a test booklet.
  • To be considered for admission to the test center, you must bring your Standby Ticket for that center and have your name on the Standby Roster at that test center.
  • Paper registration folders will not be accepted at the test center.
  • Only standard time and regular print materials are available for standby testing.
  • Standby testing costs $47.00 plus the fee for your test option ($85.00 total for the ACT No Writing or $101.50 total for the ACT Plus Writing plus $37.00 international surcharge if it applies).
  • Your standby request is valid only if you fully complete all required information online (including uploading a photo if required for your test date) and submit payment.
  • If you fail to provide a photo by the stated deadline for your requested test date, your registration will be cancelled and you will not be allowed to test. Your standby request will not transfer to any other test date. Instead, ACT will refund the fees paid for your standby request.
  • You must print a copy of your Standby Ticket and take it with you to the test center on test day. If you bring a ticket for another test date or a different test center, you will not be admitted.
  • Test centers admit standbys on a first-come, first-admitted basis and only if there are seats, test materials, and staff available after all registered students have been admitted for their test option. You may be turned away.
  • If you do not take a copy of your Standby Ticket and acceptable photo identification to the test center with you on test day, you will not be admitted to take the test.
  • If you are not admitted to test on the upcoming test day, your standby request will not transfer to any other test date. Instead, ACT will refund the fees paid for your standby request.
  • If you submit and pay for a standby request in order to change your test date or test center, your previous test date and test center assignment will be cancelled immediately, and the basic fee paid for your previous order will be refunded.