Accommodations

ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee's diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an examinee’s disability. 

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If you currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see ACT Policy for Documentation, which will prepare you and guide you through the process of requesting test accommodations on the ACT® test. 

Note: The ACT and ACT with writing are offered only in English. Accommodations (including extended time) are not available solely on the basis of limited English proficiency.

Requesting Accommodations - Students and Parents

  • Upon completion of your registration, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to work with your school to submit a request for accommodations. Forward this email to your school official along with a completed Consent to Release Information to ACT form. This email initiates the process.
  • Your school official will submit your request to ACT. ACT will review the request and email the Accommodations Decision Notification to your school official. Your school official should contact you within two weeks of submitting your request.

Note: The basic fees and registration deadlines for accommodated testing are the same. Refer to View Test Dates for registration deadlines.

All accommodation requests should be submitted by your school official by the published registration deadlines for your preferred test date.* See below for further information.

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Learn More

For immediate answers to commonly asked questions,
download FAQs for Students and Parents.
 
If you have a more specific question, please use the Contact Us form link below.

Still Have Questions?

Call to speak with an ACT representative at (319) 337-1332
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Central)
Call wait times may vary.

Resources for Students and Parents

    

Preparing for the ACT Test
Special Testing

Provided free of charge specifically for examinees with disabilities taking the ACT through Special testing who plan to use an alternate format test. 
Parent/Student FAQs for the ACT® Test Accommodations
Answers to commonly asked questions by parents and students who request accommodations through TAA. 
Consent to Release Information to ACT Form
Must be printed, signed by parent or legal guardian, or examinee if over age 18, and filed at the school.

Requesting Accommodations - Educators

  • Receive accommodations email from student
    • Confirm Consent to Release Information form has been received.
  • Log in or create an account in the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) (Watch the Video)
    • Using TAA, provide all the examinee details, testing information, diagnosed disabilities, plan details, requested accommodation, and accommodation documentation and submit the request.
    • ACT reviews the request for ACT accommodations. This generally takes 7-10 business days
  • You'll receive an email when the Accommodations Decision Notification is available to view online.
    • Print two copies, one for the examinee and one for your records.
    • The examinee will NOT receive a copy of the notification directly from ACT.
    • If students or parents have questions about the decision notification have them contact ACT.

Note: The basic fees and registration deadlines for accommodated testing are the same. Refer to View Test Dates for registration deadlines.

All accommodation requests should be submitted by you as the school official through TAA by the published registration deadlines for your examinees preferred test date.*  See below for further information.

DOWNLOAD ACCOMMODATIONS CHECKLIST

Learn More

For immediate answers to commonly asked questions,
download FAQs for Educators

If you have a more specific question, please use the Contact Us form link below.

Still Have Questions?

Call to speak with an ACT representative at (319) 337-1332
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Central)
Call wait times may vary.

Resources for Educators

  

Test Accessibility and Accommodations User Guide
Instruction on how to get access and navigate through this system.
 
Test Coordinator/School Official FAQs for the ACT® Test Accommodations
Answers to commonly asked questions by test coordinator’s and school officials about requesting accommodations through TAA.
Test Coordinator Policies for ACT Special Testing
Brief outline of policies and requirements for a qualified member of the school staff to serve as the test coordinator for Special testing.
ACT DVD Usage Guidelines
For test coordinators planning to test examinees with audio DVDs for Special testing.
Sign Language Interpreter Certification Form and Request for Payment Form
The test coordinator and sign language interpreter must complete and submit these forms when applicable.
Teacher Survey Form
A teacher at the examinee’s school may complete this form as supporting documentation to be uploaded in TAA.It asks for specific ways in which the examinee used accommodations in their class.
Order Form for Alternate Format Practice Tests
Is used to place an order for free alternate formats of the ACT practice test. These materials may be checked out by students or used to simulate a practice session in school.
Request for Special Testing
A request form to submit when the examinee needs accommodations that cannot be provided at a National Test Center (e.g. more than 50% extended time, multiple days or a reader).
Request for National Extended Time
A request form to submit when the examinee needs 50% extended time all in one day, self-paced, to access the ACT.
Request for Standard Time with Accommodations
A request form to submit when the examinee needs accommodations other extended time that can be provided at a National Test Center (e.g. stop-the-clock breaks, snacks, wheelchair accessibility).

Other Options for Requesting Accommodations

While our preference is for all examinees to work with their school to submit a request through TAA, ACT will accept paper requests through the June 2017 test date from examinees who are no longer in school or choose not to involve their school in the accommodations request process.  Do not submit requests through TAA and paper format. Please see the Request for Special TestingRequest for National Extended Time, or Request for Standard Time with Accommodations. The examinee will register online through their ACT web account and provide a copy of their admission ticket or confirmation email with the completed request form. 

Your Privacy

*ACT will treat all information you provide to support your request as confidential and will use it solely to determine your eligibility for accommodations. Details about your test accommodations will be shared only with the testing staff and will not be released to anyone else, including your chosen score report recipients. The only exceptions are for those instances in which an examinee’s accommodation-related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity.