Prohibited Behavior at the Test Center

The following behaviors are prohibited. You will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored if you are found:

  • Filling in or altering ovals on a test section or continuing to write the essay after time has been called on that test section. This means that you cannot make any changes to a test section outside of the designated time for that section, even to fix a stray mark.
  • Looking back at a test section on which time has already been called.
  • Looking ahead in the test booklet.
  • Looking at another person's test booklet or answer document.
  • Giving or receiving assistance by any means.
  • Using a prohibited calculator.
  • Using a calculator on any test section other than Mathematics.
  • Sharing a calculator with another person.
  • Using any device at any time during testing or during break other than an approved calculator, an approved accommodation device, or an assistive device that does not require approval, such as a hearing aid. All other electronic devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of reach from the time you are admitted to test until you are dismissed after testing concludes. This includes assistive devices for which reasonable alternatives are available.  For example, if you need glasses, use glasses that do not have electronics attached or built in.
  • Attempting to remove test materials, including questions or answers, from the test room in any way, including in the memory of a calculator.
  • Using highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, notes, scratch paper, dictionaries, or other aids.
  • Not following instructions or abiding by the rules of the test center.
  • Exhibiting confrontational, threatening, or unruly behavior; or violating any laws.
  • Allowing an alarm to sound in the test room or creating any other disturbance.

All items brought into the test center, such as hats, purses, backpacks, cell phones, calculators, and other electronic devices may be searched at the discretion of ACT and its testing staff. ACT and its testing staff may confiscate and retain for a reasonable period of time any item suspected of having been used, or being capable of being used, in violation of this list of prohibited behaviors. ACT may also provide such items to third parties in connection with ACT's investigation or the investigation of others.  ACT and its testing staff shall not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

Examinees who are dismissed due to prohibited behavior forfeit their registration for that test date. There are no options for refunds or appeals in situations involving prohibited behavior.

Cheating hurts everyone – if you see it, report it

Students who don't do their own work put honest students at a disadvantage. Whether it's using a cheat sheet, copying someone else's work, or sending another person to take the test, we all feel cheated when someone tries to game the system.

Every examinee deserves the chance to show he or she has learned. ACT has designed its testing procedures to give you and other honest students an equal opportunity to demonstrate your own academic achievement on a fair and equal playing field.

If you suspect that someone is trying to take unfair advantages or encounter anything else out of the ordinary, please report it to ACT. You can make an anonymous report about test security concerns by using the Test Security Hotline.

Keep the ACT fair. Report cheating and comply with all testing rules.

Why We Do This

Our test security procedures are designed to ensure that examinees have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic achievement and skills, that examinees who do their own work are not unfairly disadvantaged by examinees who do not, and that scores reported for each examinee are valid.