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The ACT: Ohio

The ACT® test is the nation's most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.

More Information on the ACT

See the available resources in the drop-downs below. If you have general questions, call 800.553.6244, ext. 2800. For questions specific to accommodations or supports, call 800.553.6244, ext. 1788 or email

State Code: 36

Test Dates

The ACT Taken on Paper


  • Initial Test Date: February 27, 2018
  • Makeup Test Date: March 20, 2018
  • Emergency Test Date: April 24, 2018
  • Accommodations Testing Window: February 27 - March 13, 2018
  • Makeup Accommodations Testing Window: March 20 - 26, 2018
  • Emergency Makeup Accommodations Testing Window: April 24 - 30, 2018


The ACT Taken Online

  • Online Testing Window: February 27 - 28, March 1, 6 - 8, 2018


Important Testing Information


Select Your Testing Staff


Tips for Success

  • Bookmark the url for your state’s testing website (this site) and check back frequently for updated information and content.
  • Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  • Read the What’s New document and pay close attention to recent changes, including those around EL supports and return shipping procedures.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing the drop-down trays for the ACT. You can see a brief description, action items, and resources associated with each stage to help you get a feel for the testing timeline. Content will be linked as it becomes available.
  • Watch for emails from ACT with important reminders. Add our email address to your contacts to prevent emails from going to spam/junk folders.

Important Links  


PearsonAccessnext is the web application used by testing staff (i.e., test coordinators, room supervisors) to start and monitor the tests when taking the ACT online. It is also used for administrative tasks leading up to testing, like managing participation and ordering materials.

Test Accessibility & Accommodations System (TAA)

The online Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) is used for the ACT test accommodations and English learner (EL) supports management. Requests are submitted and monitored with this system.


Manage Contact Information and Participation

Upload Student Data 

  • Student Data Upload File Layout & Loading Instructions (CSV)
  • Student Data Upload File Layout & Loading Instructions (TXT)
  • Student Data Upload Header Template
  • Student Data Upload Troubleshooting Guide


Identify Needs for Accommodations and/or Support


Site Readiness for Online Testing 


Tips for Success

  • Remember to complete Manage Participation before the SDU loads begin.
  • Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select in TAA. National test dates are also listed, so be sure to distinguish the test dates for your state’s administration.
  • Note the fact that there are field size limitations for the SDU loads. First names are limited to 12 characters and last names are limited to 16. Making adjustments to generated files before loading will prevent errors.
  • If you’re updating test coordinator information, it has to be changed in two places: the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account (see the PearsonAccessnext User Guide for the ACT Test in the resources above).
  • The TAA PIN can only be applied to an examinee if:
    • The school has indicated they are participating in PearsonAccessnext.
    • The student data has been uploaded in PearsonAccessnext.
    • The request has been submitted in TAA.
    • The test date has been associated in TAA.
    • The examinee has been approved for ACT-approved accommodations (not NCR or local arrangements).
    • The examinee’s information in PearsonAccessnext matches the examinee’s information in TAA (including the spelling of the examinee’s name/use of a nickname).
  • Communications from ACT about PIN applications/materials are in PearsonAccessnext, not TAA.

Verify Student Information and Materials Orders


Verify Technical Site Readiness 

  • Technical Guide (online testing)
  • Mock Administration Guide
  • Training Videos 


Verify Requests for Accommodations and/or Supports


Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success

Important Links 

Information for Examinees - Share these resources with examinees to help them prepare to take the ACT.


Prepare Your Facility


Prepare Your Staff

  • Training Testing Staff (TC Information Manual)
  • Success for You and Your Students 
  • Test Coordinator Testimonial
  • Register for Ohio State-Funded ACT Administration Q&A #1  (January  17, 2018 - 10 a.m Eastern Time)
  • Register for Ohio State-Funded ACT Administration Q&A #2 (February 21, 2018 - 10 a.m Eastern Time)
  • Test Administration Training Q&A Webinars
  • Register for Ohio State-Funded ACT Administration Q&A JVSD/ESC (December 12, 2017 -10 a.m Eastern Time)
  • Training Videos


Prepare Your Examinees


Prepare Your Test Materials


Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success

Important Links  

ACT Profile

ACT Profile is a free, mobile resource to help examinees learn more about themselves and their college and career paths.

ACT Student Web Account

Examinees can access their test results through creating an online web account.


Score Reports


Impact of Test Data

  • Using Your ACT Results
  • Using Your ACT Results - Spanish
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Workshop Workbook
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Resource List
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Roadmap
  • What ACT Data Can Tell You About Your Students
  • Instructional Support Workshop 


Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success