Accommodations and English Learner Supports
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 examinee’s disability.
To assist students who currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see the ACT Policy for Accommodations Documentation (PDF), which will guide you through the process of requesting test accommodations on the ACT test.
ACT recognizes the need to expand access to English learners. Beginning in the fall of 2017, ACT will provide supports on the ACT test to U.S. students who are English learners. These supports are designed to improve access and equity for those students whose proficiency in English might prevent them from fully demonstrating the skills and knowledge they have learned in school. The number of English learners is growing in our country and ACT is committed to improve access and opportunity for them and all underserved learners.
To assist students who currently receive supports in school due to limited English proficiency, see the ACT Policy for English Learner Supports Documentation (PDF), which will guide you through the process of requesting English learner supports on the ACT test.
Requesting Accommodations and English Learner (EL) Supports
All requests should be submitted by you as the school official through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) by the published registration deadlines for your examinee's preferred test date.
- Receive registration email from student
- Confirm that a signed Consent to Release Information (PDF) form has been received from the student or parent.
- Sign in or create an account in the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) (Watch the Video)
- Using TAA, provide all the examinee details, testing information, reason for the request, plan details, requested accommodation and/or support, and documentation and submit the request.
- ACT reviews the requests. This generally takes 7-14 business days. You'll receive an email when the Decision Notification is available to view online. Print two copies, one for the examinee and one for your records.
The examinee will NOT receive a copy of the notification directly from ACT. If students or parents have questions about the decision notification have them contact ACT.
Note: The basic fees and registration deadlines are the same. Find upcoming test dates and deadlines on the Registration page for students.
ACT will treat all information provided to support accommodations and EL supports requests as confidential and will use it solely to determine eligibility. Details about accommodations or EL supports will be shared only with the testing staff and will not be released to anyone else, including score report recipients. The only exceptions are for those instances in which an examinee’s accommodation/support-related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity.
Policies and User Guides
|File Name and Link (PDF)||Description|
|Test Accessibility and Accommodations User Guide (PDF)||Instructions for how to access and navigate the TAA system.|
|Test Coordinator/School Official FAQs for the ACT® Test Accommodations (PDF)||Answers to commonly asked questions by test coordinators and school officials about requesting accommodations through TAA.|
|Test Coordinator Policies for ACT Special Testing (PDF)||Brief outline of policies and requirements for a qualified member of the school staff to serve as the test coordinator for Special testing.|
|ACT DVD Usage Guidelines (PDF)||For test coordinators planning to test examinees with audio DVDs for Special testing.|
|ACT USB Usage Guidelines (PDF)||For examinees using the practice USB materials to prepare for Special testing|
|ACT-Approved Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries (PDF)||Guidelines and a detailed list of approved word-to-word dictionaries for use by examinees approved for English learner supports.|
|English Learner Supports Guide (PDF)||Information outlining available supports and how to make a request.|
|English Learner Info Graphic (PDF)||Quick visual reference about available EL supports.|
|English Learner Info Graphic (Spanish) (PDF)||Quick visual reference about available EL supports (Spanish).|
|Quick Start Guide for Requesting Accoms/Supports (PDF)||Information for Test Coordinators about requesting accommodations for examinees with disabilities and supports for English learners.|
|Extended Time Testing Policy FAQ (PDF)||Frequently asked Questions and Answers about ACT’s updated extended time testing policy|
|File Name and Link||Description|
|Sign Language Interpreter Certification Form and Request for Payment Form (PDF)||The test coordinator and sign language interpreter must complete and submit these forms when applicable.|
|Teacher Survey Form (PDF)||A teacher at the examinee’s school may complete this form as supporting documentation to be uploaded in TAA. It asks for specific ways in which the examinee used accommodations in their class.|
|Order Form for Alternate Format Practice Tests (PDF)||Is used to place an order for free alternate formats of the ACT practice test. These materials may be checked out by students or used to simulate a practice session in school.|
|Exceptions Statement Form and Checklist (PDF)||Examinees who do not currently have an official accommodations plan, EL support plan, IEP, or 504 plan can submit the Exceptions Statement Form to support their request.|
Resources for Students and Parents
Are you a student or parent looking for information about accommodations or English learner supports?
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