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The ACT: Late Spring Administration 

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)



More Information on the ACT

See the available resources in the drop-downs below. If you have general questions, call 800.553.6244, ext. 2800. For questions specific to accommodations or supports, call 800.553.6244, ext. 1788 or email

Test Dates

The ACT Taken on Paper

  • Initial Test Date: April 3, 2018
  • Makeup Test Date: April 24, 2018
  • Accommodations Testing Window: April 3 - 17, 2018


The ACT Taken Online

  • Online Testing Window: April 3-5, 10-12, 2018


Important Testing Information


Select Your Testing Staff


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.
  • Read the What’s New document and pay close attention to recent changes, including those around EL supports and return shipping procedures.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing the drop-down trays 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.

Important Links 


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.

Test Accessibility & Accommodations System (TAA)

The online Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) is used for the ACT test accommodations and English learner (EL) supports management. Requests are submitted and monitored with this system.


Manage Contact Information and Participation


Upload Student Data 


Identify Needs for Accommodations and/or Supports


Site Readiness for Online Testing 

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 district’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 PearsonAccessnext User Guide for the ACT Test in the resources above).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.

Verify Student Information and Materials Orders


Verify Technical Site Readiness for Online Testing


Verify Requests for Accommodations and/or Supports


Tips for Success

  • All transferred/newly enrolled students need to be uploaded in PearsonAccessnext during the window for verifying student information listed on your Schedule of Events.
  •  You do not place an order for initial standard time test materials; this order is automatically generated by your student enrollment count in PearsonAccesnext. 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.
  • If selecting the Late Consideration date in TAA, make sure the Late Consideration Form is included.
  • Complete a Mock Administration, especially if there will be students using text-to-speech functionality.
  • Remember to complete proctor caching setup. 

Important Links 

Information for Examinees - Share these resources with examinees to help them prepare to take the ACT.


Prepare Your Facility


Prepare Your Staff


Prepare Your Examinees


Prepare Your Test Materials 


Prepare for Online Testing


Tips for Success

  • Review the “Receipt and Check-In of Test Materials” section of the Test Coordinator Information Manual (linked above) 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.
  • As you’re unpacking your shipment, notice a couple new features about your return materials: 1) Return materials are color-coded by administration type; 2) You will no longer use polymailers in the return process, so these will not be in your materials shipment.
  • 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







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.

Important Links  

ACT Profile

ACT Profile is a free, mobile resource to help examinees learn more about themselves and their college and career paths.

ACT Student Web Account

Examinees can access their test results through creating an online web account.


Score Reports


Impact of Test Data

  • Using Your ACT Results
  • Using Your ACT Results - Spanish 
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Workshop Workbook
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Resource List
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Roadmap
  • What ACT Data Can Tell You About Your Students
  • Instructional Support Workshop 


Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success