ACT District Testing

Charting a Course to Success

ACT® District Testing is available to administer for the 2020-2021 academic year. Talk to an ACT representative about how a flexible implementation model can help as you navigate COVID or access our FAQs for further answers.

Join School Districts Across the Country in Bringing the ACT Test
to Students in the Classroom
 

Quick facts:

  • Since 2007, students in 50 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.

States with school districts providing the ACT test to students are depicted in blue.

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ACT District Testing Program Details

During the 2020-2021 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.

The ACT: $46

The ACT with writing: $59.50

Additional discounts available for districts with 50%-100% of students in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP). View pricing infographic.

Invoices will be generated based on the counts provided in the Student Data Upload.

Districts may choose to participate in both fall 2021 and one spring 2022 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 2021, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for fall 2021. 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 2021 test window beginning in early May. You can continue to submit accommodation applications through early August.

 

In the spring of 2021, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for the spring 2022 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 2022 test window in September. You can continue to submit accommodations applications through mid-January.

 

Fall High Level Schedule (PDF)

Early Spring High Level Schedule (PDF)

Late Spring High Level Schedule (PDF)

Late April High Level Schedule (PDF)

Key Dates and Deadlines

Test Session Enrollment/Signed Agreement & School List (Org. File) Deadline**
Test Date Online Testing Window
Fall 2021

August 20, 2021

October 5, 2021
(Test Window 1)

October 19, 2021
(Test Window 2)

N/A
Early Spring 2022

January 19, 2022

March 8, 2022
(Test Window 1)

March 29, 2022
(Test Window 2)

March 8-10, 2022
(Test Window 1)

March 15-17, 2022
(Test Window 1)

March 29-31, 2022,
(Test Window 2)

April 5-7, 2022
(Test Window 2)
Late Spring 2022

February 16, 2022

April 5, 2022
(Test Window 1)

April 19, 2022
(Test Window 2)

April 5-7, 2022
(Test Window 1)

April 12-14, 2022
(Test Window 1)

April 19-21, 2022
(Test Window 1)

April 26-28, 2022
(Test Window 2)
Late April 2022

March 16, 2022
N/A – This window is open to online testing only.
April 26-28, 2022
(Test Window 1)

May 3-5, 2022
(Test Window 1)

*Districts may participate in one of the three spring test dates.
**This deadline is the date an enrollment agreement/signed contract and list of participating schools (org. file) is required. It is possible to enroll, sign the contract, and submit a list of participating schools the same day using a digital signature.

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