Services for Examinees with Disabilities

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, 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.



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Requesting Accommodations

To request accommodations for an administration of the ACT, examinees must first:

  • create an ACT web account, or log in to an existing account
  • register for a test date

When registering to test, examinees must determine what accommodations will meet their needs.

Refer to the comparison chart within the Accommodations on the ACT® Test to review the requirements and features of National Extended Time (50% time extension) and Special Testing (at examinee’s school) to decide which is most appropriate for you.

Note: The basic fees for accommodated testing are the same.

Once an examinee has registered online for the ACT, ACT will automatically email instructions (with Subject: Requesting Accommodations on the ACT) regarding how to work with a qualified school official to request accommodations and submit supporting documentation via the Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA). The test coordinator will need the Test Accessibility and Accommodations User Guide to get access and instructions on how to navigate through this system.

IMPORTANT! All accommodation requests must be submitted by your school official through TAA by the published registration deadlines for your preferred test date. Refer to View Test Dates for those registration deadlines.

After ACT reviews a request for ACT-approved accommodations, an examinee-specific Accommodations Decision Notification is created in TAA. When the notification is available, the individual who submitted the request will receive an email. That individual should provide a copy to the examinee and/or parent(s)/guardian(s). The notification contains the:

  • examinee’s name
  • examinee’s personal identification number (PIN) for TAA
  • accommodations approved (including any special authorizations), or not approved, as applicable
  • reason accommodations are not approved, if applicable

While our preference is for all examinees to work with their school to submit a request through TAA, ACT will accept paper requests for a limited period of time during this transition and 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 Testing, Request for National Extended Time, or Request for Standard time with Accommodations forms below under Downloadable Forms and Other Resources.  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. 


Downloadable Forms and Other Resources