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The ACT: Early 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 ACTStateAccoms@act.org.

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Test Dates

The ACT Taken on Paper

  • Initial Test Date: February 27, 2018
  • Makeup Test Date: March 20, 2018
  • Accommodations Testing Window: February 27 - March 13, 2018

The ACT Taken Online

  • Online Testing Window: February 27 - 28, March 1, 6 - 8, 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

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 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 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 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.
  • 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

Forms
 
Manuals
 
Supplements

 

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.

Transfer Test Materials and Data

 

Tips for Success

  • The instructions for collecting, packing, and returning test materials are linked above. The instructions were updated for 2018, so carefully follow the new returns process. Polymailers are no longer used.
  • 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.

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

 

Tips for Success

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