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 applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations. For details, see ACT Policy for Documentation to Support Requests for Test Accommodations on the ACT.

The basic fees for all forms of testing are the same. Read the information about each to determine which one to choose and follow that application or request process carefully. Refer to the comparison chart to review the requirements and features of National Extended Time and Special Testing (at school) to decide which is most appropriate for you.

If you have already been approved for National Extended Time, you may request a test date change or register to take the test again.

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 applicant's accommodation-related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity.

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.

If you currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support a request for one of the following options.

ACT POLICY FOR DOCUMENTATION

National Standard Time with Accommodations

Request this only if you can test at a regularly scheduled national test center under standard time limits and use either a regular type (10 pt.) or large type (18 pt.) test booklet, but require other accommodations due to your disability. All scores achieved through National Testing are reported as "National." No details about any accommodations provided are reported.

Examples include:

•    Assignment to a wheelchair-accessible room
•    Large type test booklet (18 pt.)
•    Marking responses in the test booklet
•    Permission for food, drink, or medical supplies in the test room
•    Stop-the-clock breaks

And for examinees with hearing impairments:

•    Seating near the front of the room to lip-read spoken instructions
•    Sign language interpreter (not a relative) to sign spoken instructions (not test items)
•    Printed copy of spoken instructions with visual notification of start, time remaining, and stop times

You must register for your preferred test date by the registration deadline. If you register online, print a copy of your admission ticket and mail it along with the completed Request for ACT National Standard Time with Accommodations. If you register by mail, include the completed Request for ACT National Standard Time with Accommodations with your completed registration folder and payment.

Send all materials to ACT, Attn: National Standard Time with Accommodations, PO Box 168, Iowa City, IA, 52243-0168. Requests must be received by the late deadline. Forms received after the late deadline will be processed for the next test date.

Note: In order to provide the approved accommodations, ACT may not be able to assign you to the test center shown on your admission ticket. If this happens, you will need to print a new admission ticket from your ACT web account.

If you want to test again with the same previously approved accommodations, you may re-register through your ACT web account or by calling 319.337.1270 (phone fee applies).

Because advance arrangements are necessary, students trying to test standby cannot request accommodations.

If necessary, ACT will contact you or your high school for additional information. If accommodations are approved, ACT will make arrangements for you with the test center.


Request for National Standard Time Accommodations

National Extended Time (50% Time Extension)

Request this only if you can test at a regularly scheduled national test center and use either a regular type (10-pt.) or large type (18-pt.) test booklet, but require up to 50% more time due to your disability.

If approved, you will be allowed up to 5 hours total to work on the multiple-choice tests at your own pace. If you are taking the ACT with writing, you will be allowed 6 hours total to work on all five tests.

To apply for this form of testing for the first time, you and a school official must complete and sign the Request for ACT Extended Time National Testing. The request form explains the eligibility criteria, documentation required, registration deadlines, and how to request a test date change or re-register if you were previously approved.

Your Request for ACT Extended Time National Testing cannot be approved without all required supporting documentation.

You must first submit a registration for your preferred test date according to the instructions for your registration method:

  1. Register online: Print a copy of the standard time admission ticket and send it with your Request for ACT Extended Time National Testing. If you are approved, we will assign you to the nearest available center with an extended time seat. We cannot guarantee you will be assigned to the center on your standard time admission ticket. You will receive an e-mail prompting you to print the new admission ticket for extended time.
  2. Register by mail: Return the Request for ACT Extended Time National Testing with your completed registration folder and your fee payment in any 9 x 12 envelope.

Send all materials to the address shown on the Request for ACT Extended Time National Testing, postmarked by the registration deadline for your preferred test date. Forms postmarked after the regular deadline, but received by the late deadline, will be processed.  Forms received after the late deadline will not be processed. You will receive a letter asking if you want your request considered for the next test date.

If you are approved, you will be assigned to an extended time room (usually 10 or fewer examinees), and "Extended Time" will be printed on your admission ticket. If you are not approved, you will be notified in writing. If you registered online, you will still be registered to test with standard time at the test center on your admission ticket. If you registered by mail, you will be automatically assigned to a standard time room. If you do not submit your application and all required documentation with a registration folder or admission ticket postmarked by the deadline, you will only be allowed to test with standard time on test day.

If you are not approved, and therefore decide not to test, you may be eligible for a refund.

Students requesting standby testing cannot test with extended time on test day, even if previously approved.

If necessary, ACT will contact you or your high school for additional information. We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the best chance of being assigned to your preferred test center.

See the testing comparison chart to review the requirements and features of National Extended Time and Special Testing (at school) to decide which form of testing is most appropriate for you.

Special Testing at School

Extended Time and Alternate Test Formats Available

Special Testing is designed for students who:

•    normally use more than time-and-a-half for tests (or use extended time only on writing tests) in school, or
•    require testing over multiple days, or
•    normally use alternate test formats such as braille, DVDs, or a reader; or a computer or scribe for essays, and/or alternate response modes, (such as responding orally) or
•    are testing at an international test center and cannot use a regular type (10 pt.) booklet or test with standard time limits, or need accommodations the test center cannot provide.

If you can test with time-and-a-half and paper formats, you should apply for National Extended Time instead.

Note: If ACT approves you for accommodations that can be provided at a national test center, your application will be automatically transferred to National testing. We will assign you to test on the next available test date at the nearest available test center that can provide the approved accommodations. We will send you notification of the transfer and provide information about steps to complete the process so you can obtain your admission ticket. To request Special Testing, do not complete a registration folder or register on the web. Instead, ask your counselor or qualified school official to complete and submit the Request for ACT Special Testing for you.

The request form explains the eligibility criteria, documentation required, testing schedules, submission deadlines, and retest restrictions.

Special Testing (at school) for both ACT and ACT with writing is available only during the designated three-week testing windows listed on the request form.

Note: At locations outside the US or Canada, Special Testing (at school) is not available during the February window.

See the testing comparison chart to review the requirements and features of Special Testing and National Extended Time to decide which form of testing is most appropriate for you.

Download Request for ACT Special Testing
Preparing for the ACT Special Testing
Alternate Format Practice Tests Order Form

For Counselors Planning to Test Students with Audio DVDs
DVD Usage Instructions

If You Want to Test Again on a National Test Date with Extended Time

After you test, if you want to re-register for a future national test date and test with the same accommodations, you have the following options:

  1. Re-register on the Web. First, create or log in to your ACT Web account using the ACT ID from your admission ticket or score report. If you were previously approved for National Extended Time (50% time extension), click the "Yes" button when asked if you want to test again with the same accommodations and they will be automatically arranged. Payment must be by credit card.
  2. Re-register by Phone. Call 319.337.1332 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., central time). Tell the service representative you want to test with extended time. There is an additional fee for re-registering by phone. If you call after the regular deadline, but by the late deadline for the new test date, there is an additional late fee. Payment must be by credit card.

Important: If you register online, you will be prompted to print your ticket as soon as we confirm your test center assignment. Call 319.337.1332 immediately if your ticket does not indicate Extended Time in the top-right corner.

Notes: If you are requesting new or different accommodations, you must submit a new application and a printed copy of the admission ticket for the test date you registered for online along with documentation to support the new accommodations. If you previously tested through State and District Testing with extended time, call 319.337.1332 before completing the application or registering online.