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.
If you currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, see ACT Policy for Documentation (PDF), 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.
- Register for the ACT test
- Indicate need for accommodations
- Select the type of accommodation you need
2. 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 (PDF) form. This email initiates the process.
3. 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. Find upcoming test dates and deadlines on the Registration page.
All accommodation requests should be submitted by your school official by the published registration deadlines for your preferred test date.
For immediate answers to commonly asked questions, download FAQs for Students and Parents (PDF).
Other Options for Requesting Accommodations
While our preference is for all examinees to work with their school to submit a request through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (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 complete one of the following request forms: Request for Special Testing, Request 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.
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.
Resources for Students and Parents
|File Name and Link||Description|
|Preparing for the ACT Test - Special Testing (PDF)||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 (PDF)||Answers to commonly asked questions by parents and students who request accommodations through TAA.|
|Consent to Release Information to ACT Form (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)||Download this infographic for a quick reference as to which type of accommodations to select.|
|Accommodations Checklist (PDF)||Quick visual reference for the steps to request accommodations.|
If you have a more specific question, please use the Accommodations 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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