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ACT State and District Testing

Program Details

During the 2017–2018 school year, ACT will offer three test dates: one in the fall and two in the spring. Select the date(s) that work best for your district.

Test Type

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

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.

Price

The ACT: $45.00

The ACT with writing: $61.50

Sign-up Deadlines

See Key Dates and Deadlines below. If you want to sign up, but are waiting for approval from your district, please let us know via the contact form below.

High-Level Schedules

Districts may choose to participate in both fall 2017 and one spring 2018 ACT test window—or choose to participate in only fall or only one spring test date. Note that all schools in a district must select and test on the same day.

In spring 2017, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for fall 2017. 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 2017 test window beginning in late May. You can continue to submit accommodation applications through early August.

In the spring of 2017, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for the spring 2018 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 2018 test window in November. You can continue to submit accommodations applications through mid-January.

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District Testing: Key Dates and Deadlines

  Registration/Contract Deadline** Initial Test Date (Paper) Make-up Test Date (Paper) Online Testing Window
Fall 2017 April 14, 2017 October 3, 2017 October 17, 2017 N/A
Spring 2018* September 29, 2017 February 27, 2018 March 20, 2018 February 27-28, 2018
March 1, 2018
March 6-8, 2018
January 19, 2018 April 3, 2018 April 24, 2018 April 3-5, 2018
April 10-12, 2018

*Districts may participate in one of the two spring test dates.
**This deadline is the date a signed contract is required. It is possible to register and sign the contract the same day using a digital signature. 

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2017

This year’s report shows that 60% of students in the 2017 US graduating class took the ACT test, up from 54% in 2013.  The increased number of test takers over the past several years enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool, providing a comprehensive picture of the current graduating class in the context of college readiness, as well as offering a glimpse at the emerging educational pipeline.

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