ACT District Testing
The ACT: Early Spring Administration
The ACT Taken on Paper
Initial Test Date: February 20, 2019
Initial Accommodations Testing Window: February 20 - March 6, 2019
Makeup Test Date: March 12, 2019
Makeup Accommodations Testing Window: March 12 - 18, 2019
The ACT Taken Online
Online Testing Window: February 20 – 28, 2019 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Welcome to Your Testing Program
Test Administration Process Overview
Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that section, or simply scroll down the page.
- Orientation - Get oriented with the testing program.
- Configuration - Configure testing setup and systems.
- Verification - Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.
- Preparation - Prepare for testing.
- Administration - Administer the test successfully.
- Transportation - Transport materials and data to ACT.
- Interpretation - Interpret score reports and test data.
Learn about ACT Test
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.
- Schedule of Events (PDF)
- What's New with State Testing (PDF)
- The ACT Taken on Paper or Online (PDF)
- Testing Policies and Information
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.
- Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing the sections 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.
Make Staff Arrangements
Manage Contact Information and Participation
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.
- PearsonAccessnext User Guide for the ACT (PDF)
- Address Change Request Form (PDF)
- How To Manage Participation (Video)
- Manage Contacts (Video)
Upload Student Data
- Student Data Upload File Requirements & Loading Instructions (PDF)
- Student Data Upload Header Template
- Training Video-How to upload Student Data to PearsonAccessnext
Confirm Enrollment Information and Order Materials
- PearsonAccessnext User Guide for the ACT (Verifying Materials, Ordering Additional) (PDF)
- How to Enroll/Verify/Update Students in PearsonAccessNext (Video)
Site Readiness for Online Testing
- Technical Requirements for the ACT Test Taken Online
- Technical Readiness Overview Video (Video)
- The ACT Online Testing Site Readiness Plan (Graphic) (PDF)
- Technical Guide (online testing) (PDF)
- Mock Admin Guide (PDF)
- How to Set Up a Mock Administration Video (Video)
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 PearsonAccessnextUser Guide for the ACT Test ).
- 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.
Arrange For Accommodations
- Accommodations vs. Arrangements (PDF)
- Policy for Accommodations Documentation (PDF)
- Accommodations Training Videos
Arrange For English Learner (EL) Supports
- EL Information Graphic (English) (PDF)
- EL Information Graphic (Spanish) (PDF)
- EL Supports Guide (PDF)
- Policy for EL Documentation (PDF)
Request Accommodations and/or Supports
- Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) User Guide (PDF)
- Requesting Reconsideration (TAA User Guide) (PDF)
- Requesting Text-to-Speech Accommodations (The ACT Test Accessibility User Guide – Online Testing) (PDF)
- Retesting with Accommodations (PDF)
- High-Incidence Accommodations, Local Arrangements, and Accessibility Supports (PDF)
- Consent to Release Information (PDF)
Tips for Success
- You do not place an order for initial standard time test materials; this order is automatically generated by your student enrollment count in PearsonAccessnext. Orders for initial materials for students testing with ACT-approved accommodations or EL supports are automatically generated when ACT enters the TAA PIN in PearsonAccessnext.
- If additional materials are needed after the window to verify student enrollment has passed, submit an additional order in PearsonAccessnext for standard time examinees, or call the ACT Test Accommodations team for materials needed for examinees approved to test with accommodations or EL supports.
- You can track test materials shipments using the Orders & Shipment Tracking option in PearsonAccessnext.
Prepare Your Facility
Prepare Your Staff
Prepare Your Examinees
- Information for Examinees
- Taking the ACT (PDF)
- Preparing for the ACT (Paper) English (PDF)
- Preparing for the ACT (Paper) Spanish (PDF)
- Preparing for the ACT Taken Online (PDF)
- Successfully Achieving College and Career Readiness for All Students - A program of self-paced tutorials designed for educators to strengthen their knowledge of the ACT test. This program will help educators apply that knowledge by integrating instructional practices promoting college and career readiness for all students to help them maximize their performance on the ACT.
Prepare Your Test Materials
Complete Non-Test Activities
- Non-Test Activities
- How to Complete the Non-test Information for Online Testing (PDF)
- Non-Test Instructions for Online Testing (Blank Student Form) (PDF)
- Barcode Labels (ACT Admin Manual – NCR)(PDF)
Prepare for Online Testing
Tips for Success
- Review the “Receipt and Check-In of Test Materials” section of the Test Coordinator Information Manual before receiving your shipment. Have it available to refer to while unpacking your test materials.
- Run the TAA PIN report in PearsonAccessnext to view a roster of examinees testing with accommodations and/or English learner (EL) supports. Check this against the materials you receive in your shipment to ensure you have all accommodations materials for test day. If testing online, this report should also be used to assign examinees to accommodations sessions based on their approved accommodations/supports and timing codes.
- Remember to hold a training session with all testing staff (new and old) before test day. This is required and is separate from the briefing session that happens on test day. Suggested topics to cover during the training session are in your administration manual.
- Schedule a session for examinees to complete the non-test questions before test day. Examinees testing with accommodations/EL supports can complete the non-test questions in the same session as all other examinees. You may also want to schedule an alternate time for any examinees absent during the first non-test session.
Resources for Test Day
- Test Administration Form - ACT Standard Time Paper (PDF)
- Test Administration Form - ACT Accommodations Paper (PDF)
- Test Administration Form - ACT Non-college Reportable Paper (PDF)
- Test Administration Form - ACT Online Standard Time (online testing) (PDF)
- Test Administration Form - ACT Online Accommodations (online testing) (PDF)
- ACT Administration Manual - Standard Time Paper (PDF)
- ACT Administration Manual - Accomms Paper (PDF)
- ACT Administration Manual - NCR (PDF)
- ACT Administration Manual - Online Testing (PDF)
- ACT Test Accessibility User Guide - Online Testing (PDF)
- ACT Test Coordinator Information Manual (PDF)
- Calculator Policy (PDF)
- ACT-Approved Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries (PDF)
- No Phone Poster (PDF)
- USB Usage Guidelines (PDF)
- Training Video: How to Enter Online Irregularities
- Training Video: Test Day Overview for Room Supervisors - Writing
Tips for Success
- Ensure you are using the correct materials for your test date. Using test booklets assigned for another test date will result in the cancellation of scores.
- For paper testing, make sure examinees properly grid the form code into the Test Form block on their answer documents. This is essential to the answer documents being scored properly.
- If you are testing an examinee approved for English learner supports, print a copy of the ACT-Approved Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries List (linked above) to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.
- For online testing, the test coordinator starts that day’s test sessions in PearsonAccessnext. This is performed once for each test session to activate it. For multiple day testing, this is performed on the morning of the first sitting.
- If an examinee does not log in to TestNav (e.g. absent, denied admission), remove the examinee’s name from the session in PearsonAccessnext. Do not mark the test complete.
- If you are testing an examinee approved for using the text-to-speech accommodation for online testing, review The ACT Test Accessibility User Guide—Online Testing (linked above) for more information on the functionality of this feature.
- If you provide local arrangements to any examinees, be sure to complete an Irregularity Report.
Tips for Success
- Test coordinators should verify completeness and accuracy of materials received from room supervisors before returning them to ACT. Check that all Test Administration Forms are filled out and check that the test form code is properly gridded on each answer document.
- Test coordinators need to completely fill out the front of the processing envelope(s).
- When packing the processing envelopes, about 100 answer documents can fit in each envelope. Envelopes will need to be folded to fit into the shipping carton, so push materials down into the envelopes as far as possible.
- Do not return unused answer documents; keep those for makeup testing.
- Return materials for all accommodations examinees together at the end of the testing window. Do not return individual materials as they are completed.
- If you received any additional orders, the return shipping labels received with these orders will require you to fill in your high school name and code. These fields are already completed on initial order labels.
Understand Score Reports - School
- Score Report Schedule for the ACT Test (PDF)
- ACT User Handbook for Educators (PDF)
- Sample Score Report - High School (PDF)
Understand Score Reports - Students
- Student Information Booklet (PDF)
- Sample Score Report - Student (PDF)
- Using Your ACT Results (PDF)
- Using Your ACT Results - Spanish (PDF)
- Understanding Your Scores
Tips for Success
- Refer to your Score Report Schedule for more information on when you can expect to receive score reports.
- Examinees can create an ACT Web Account to access their test scores online.
- Sample score reports and complete descriptions of the reports’ contents are available in The ACT Test User Handbook for Educators.