ACT State and District Testing
New This Year for the ACT District Testing Program
English Language Learner Toolkit
ACT provides accommodations to U.S. students who are English learners (EL). This toolkit will help schools understand ways to use these supports that ensure the ACT scores earned by EL students accurately reflect what they have learned in school.
Price Lock Option
Have the assurance of the same pricing for the next 3 years with our new 3-year contract option.
Additional Testing Window Available
Increased administration flexibility will be offered with the new Late April 2020 - Online-Only test date option offered April 21- April 23, 2020 and April 28 – April 30, 2020.
Join School Districts Across the Country in Bringing the ACT Test
to Students in the Classroom
- Since 2007, students in more than 47 states have earned college-reportable scores taking the ACT® test in their own classrooms.
- The experience can help students realize they have the skills to perform college-level coursework and give your district the information it needs to get them there. The test raises college awareness and exposure among all students.
- The ACT is tied closely to your district’s curriculum—it’s always been about what students learn in school.
- Empower your students and educators - ACT Academy, the FREE online ACT test prep tool with personalized learning paths for students. Educators have access to resources based on student gaps with robust classroom reporting.
ACT District Testing Program Details
During the 2019-2020 school year, ACT will offer four test dates: one in the fall and three in the spring. Select the date(s) that work best for your district.
Districts may choose from two test options. All participating schools in a district must test using the same test option—either the ACT or the ACT with writing.
The district assessment coordinator will be our primary contact for the ACT District Testing program. During the implementation phase, we ask that this coordinator serve as the liaison between schools, district officials, and ACT.
During subsequent phases (school establishment, training, materials delivery, administration, and some post-exam activities), we will work directly with the schools. From time to time, we may still ask for the coordinator’s assistance.
Once testing is completed, we will send the district assessment coordinator all district-level reports and an invoice based on the number of students tested and the type of test administered.
District assessment coordinators may also be the school test coordinator at individual schools participating in District testing.
Districts may choose to participate in both fall 2019 and one spring 2020 ACT test window—or choose to participate in only fall or only one spring test date. Note that all schools testing under a parent institution (district) must test in the test window selected by the district using the same test option—either the ACT or the ACT with writing.
In spring 2019, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for fall 2019. Any testing staff changes that occur over the summer can be submitted to ACT in August. We’ll accept applications for ACT-approved accommodations for the fall 2019 test window beginning in late May. You can continue to submit accommodation applications through early August.
In the spring of 2019, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for the spring 2020 administration. Any testing staff changes that occur over the summer can be submitted to ACT when they occur. We’ll accept applications for ACT-approved accommodations for the spring 2020 test window in November. You can continue to submit accommodations applications through mid-January.
|Test Session||Registration, Contract, and
School List Deadline**
|Test Date||Online Testing Window|
|Fall 2019||August 16, 2019
October 1, 2019 (Initial)
October 15, 2019 (Makeup)
|Early Spring 2020||January 10, 2020
February 25, 2020
March 10, 2020 (Makeup)
February 25 -27, 2020 (Initial)
March 3 -5, 2020 (Initial)
March 10- 12, (Makeup)
March 17 – 19, 2020 (Makeup)
|Late Spring 2020||February 7, 2020
March 24, 2020 (Initial)
April 7, 2020 (Makeup)
March 24 – 26, 2020 (Initial)
March 31-April 2, 2020 (Initial)
April 7 – 9, 2020 (Makeup)
April 14 – 16, 2020 (Makeup)
|Late April 2020 (Online Only, New Offering)||March 20, 2020
||N/A – This window is open to online testing only.
April 21 – 23, 2020
April 28 – 30, 2020
*Districts may participate in one of the three spring test dates.
**This deadline is the date a signed contract and list of participating schools is required. It is possible to register, sign the contract, and submit a list of participating schools the same day using a digital signature.
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018
The report includes ACT score results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including 16 states that required all students to take the ACT as part of their statewide testing programs and another three states that funded ACT testing on an optional basis. It also includes the results from more than 1,100 individual school districts across the country that administered the ACT to all students.