Accommodations and English Learner Supports

for the ACT test

ACT is committed to providing access to the ACT test for examinees with documented disabilities and English Learners through appropriate accommodations and English Learner (EL) supports.

Making a Request

All requests for accommodations and EL supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the published late registration deadline for your preferred test date through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. 

Temporary arrangements may be available for temporary conditions.

Follow the three steps below to get started.

Step 1

Register to test. Create an account or sign in.

Online registration will ask you for your high school code and your accessibility needs.

You'll receive an email that must be sent to your school official along with a completed Consent to Release Information to ACT (PDF) form.

You will need to work with a school official when making your requests.


Your school official will submit your request, with documentation, to ACT.

Homeschooled or not currently enrolled? 

You will need to request an application to complete. Please see Examinees Who Are Homeschooled or Are Not Currently Enrolled for instructions.

What happens after I make a request?

ACT will review the request and email a Decision Notification to your school. Your school official should contact you once they receive the decision notification.

Requests are normally processed in 10 to 14 business days.

National vs. Special

Your specific accommodations will be provided to your Test Coordinator. Based on your approved accommodations ACT will place you in either:

National Testing

Some accommodations (eg. time and one-half single session testing) and all EL supports, may be administered in National test centers. Examinees approved to test at a National test center will see an “Accommodations” label on their admission ticket once accommodations and/or English Learner Supports are approved by ACT and the examinee’s seat at a National test center is confirmed in the applicable room type (e.g. extended time, single).

Special Testing

If the approved accommodations cannot be provided in a National test center (eg. Multiple-day testing) the examinee and the school official will work together to make arrangements for testing within the applicable special testing window. Examinees approved to test via Special Testing will see a “Special Testing” label on their admission ticket once accommodations and/or English Learner Supports are approved. Examinees will still need to continue to make arrangements with the school official to test.

If the examinee’s school is unable to administer Special testing examinees may find a willing school and work with ACT to request testing at this location.

Special Testing Windows

If you are located in the US, US Territories, or Puerto Rico, special testing is available during the designated testing windows below. Please note, some schools may be closed during part of the testing window due to schools being out of session.

2020-2021 Special Testing Windows
Test Date Testing Window
September 12, 2020 September 12 - September 27, 2020
October 24, 2020 October 24 – November 8, 2020
December 12, 2020 December 12 - December 27, 2020
February 6, 2021 February 6 – February 21, 2021
April 17, 2021 April 17 - May 2, 2021
June 12, 2021 June 12 - June 27, 2021
July 17, 2021* July 17 - August 1, 2021

*Special testing is not available in New York for the July Testing Window.

The Test Information Release for Special testing is available during the April testing window. Learn more!

Forms and Resources


Consent to Release Information (PDF) Must be printed, signed by parent or legal guardian, or examinee if over age 18, and filed at the school.
National vs. Special (PDF) Infographic detailing examples of Accommodations and EL Supports in National and Special testing.
Preparing for the ACT Test - Special Testing (PDF) Learning resource for examinees taking the ACT through Special testing.

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 accessibility supports. Details about these supports 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 related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity. ACT Score Reports do not include any specifics about the accessibility supports provided.

Contact Us

If you have a more specific question, please use the Contact Form.

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.

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