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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.

 

 

Have questions?

  eMail  Typical response in 2 biz days, often much faster
 Phone  (319) 337-1332 M-F 8 AM to 5 PM CT

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

If you are an examinee who is no longer in school or requires assistance working with your school to submit a request in TAA, please call ACT at 319.337.1332, option 3. ACT Customer Services is available to take your calls Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. central time.

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

  • Preparing for the ACT® Test, Special Testing (link coming soon!) – a booklet provided free of charge specifically for examinees with disabilities taking the ACT through Special testing who plan to use an alternate format test. 
  • 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.
  • 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.