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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.

 
 
 
 
 

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

  • Staffing: Roles & Responsibilities (TC Information Manual)
  • Selecting 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.

TestNav  

TestNav is the secure test delivery engine used by examinees to take the ACT test online. There is a downloadable app or browser-based version available.

 

Manage Contact Information and Participation

 

Upload Student Data 

  • Student Data Upload File Layout & Loading Instructions (CSV)
  • Student Data Upload File Layout & Loading Instructions (TXT)
  • Student Data Upload Header Template
  • Student Data Upload Troubleshooting Guide

 

Identify Needs for Accommodations and/or Supports

 

Site Readiness for Online Testing 

 

Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success 

Verify Student Information and Materials Orders

  • PearsonAccessnext User Guide for the ACT (Verifying Materials, Ordering Additional Materials)
  • Training Videos

 

Verify Technical Site Readiness for Online Testing

  • Technical Guide (online testing)
  • Mock Administration Guide
  • Training Videos 

 

Verify Requests for Accommodations and/or Supports

  • Requesting Reconsideration (TAA User Guide)
  • Requesting Late Consideration (TAA User Guide)
  • Late Consideration Form
  • Training Videos

 

Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success

Important Links 

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

 

Prepare Your Facility

  • Facility Requirements (TC Information Manual)
  • Test Coordinator Testimonial

 

Prepare Your Staff

  • Training Testing Staff (TC Information Manual)
  • Success for You and Your Students 
  • Test Coordinator Testimonial
  • Training Videos

 

Prepare Your Examinees

Prepare Your Test Materials

  • Receipt and Check-In of Test Materials (TC Information Manual)
  • Test Coordinator Testimonial
  • Training Videos

Tips for Success

  • Tips for success

Resources for Test Day

  • Test Administration Form - ACT Standard Time Paper
  • Test Administration Form - ACT Accommodations Paper
  • Test Administration Form - ACT Non-college Reportable Paper 
  • Test Administration Form - ACT Online Standard Time (online testing) 
  • Test Administration Form - ACT Online Accommodations (online testing) 
  • Administering the Test (ACT Admin Manual - Standard Paper)
  • Administering the Test (ACT Admin Manual - Accomms Paper)
  • Administering the Test (ACT Admin Manual - NCR)  
  • Administering the Test  (online testing) (ACT Admin Manual - Online) 
  • Calculator Policy
  • ACT-Approved Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries list
  • Decision Tree for Irregularities
  • Audio DVD Guidelines
  • Training Videos 

 

Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success

Transfer Test Materials and Data

  • After the Test  (ACT Admin Manual - Standard Paper)
  • After the Test (ACT Admin Manual - Accomms Paper)
  • After the Test (ACT Admin Manual - NCR)  
  • After Testing (online testing) (ACT Admin Manual - Online) 
  • Returning Materials (online testing) (ACT Admin Manual - Online) 
  • Collecting, Packing, and Returning Test Materials (TC Information Manual)
  • Training Videos 

 

Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success

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