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How to Request Accommodations and English Learner Supports
ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing certain accommodations to each examinee’s diagnosis and needs. We also understand the importance of expanding access to English learners.
This is why we’ve created a wealth of resources designed to make registering with accommodations and/or English learner supports as easy and seamless as possible.
If a student at your school is registering with accommodations and/or English learner supports, send them these tools and resources to help navigate the process:
- 3 Step Checklist (PDF) for requesting accommodations and/or English learner supports
- Requesting Accommodations (video)
- “National vs. Special” Infographic (PDF): a quick reference as to which type of accommodations and EL supports to select
- Parent/Student FAQ (PDF)
Spanish Translations of Popular Student Resources
Two popular ACT resources for students, college and career readiness eBooks for high school juniors and seniors, are now available in Spanish! Both books contain information that helps students plan, progress, and succeed through their last two years in high school.
The junior eBook covers:
- How to create a college list
- Which classes best prepare a student for college
- What to expect senior year
The senior eBook covers:
- Financial aid and the FAFSA
- Application deadlines
- How to select the best-fit college
Spanish-speaking students at your school will now have more access to the resources and materials that have already helped thousands of high school upperclassmen thrive during their time at school.
Class of 2018: The One Thing Your SENIORS Should Do Right Now
Complete the FAFSA
As your students prepare to go to college, it’s very important for them to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, if they haven’t already. Some students may think they don’t qualify for need-based financial aid, but filling out this free resource could open the door for federal loans.
Figuring out what federal loans may be available before borrowing private student loans is the best course of action. Federal loans include many benefits, such as fixed interest rates and income-driven repayment plans. Compare these to private student loans, which are often more expensive and restrictive in their repayment plans.
Every state has different deadlines, so be aware of the FAFSA deadline in your state and have your students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.
Class of 2019: The One Thing Your JUNIORS Should Do Right Now
Create a College List
Students may believe that senior year is the time to start thinking about and gathering materials for college applications, but with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, graduation, and other college planning, it’s important for them to plan ahead.
Creating and narrowing a college list NOW allows your juniors to really think through what’s important to them and what they’re looking for in a college. Also, starting now allows them to get a jump start on college applications so senior year can be more fun and exciting, rather than rushed and stressful.
There’s a lot to consider when sorting through the 4,500+ degree-granting college institutions in the United States—like major choice, location, public vs. private, and cost. To help them start, direct them to this collection of resources that explain:
- The 6 factors to consider when creating a college list
- How to narrow a college list
- When to start on college applications
Tell your juniors and their parents about these tools using this email communication and social media message, directing them to this resource library:
Class of 2020: The One Thing Your SOPHOMORES Should Do Right Now
Develop Strong SEL Skills
The development of a student’s social and emotional learning (SEL) skills is critically important to success during and after school. Many studies find that these skills contribute to academic achievement, career success, and lifelong well-being1.
Cultivating your sophomores’ SEL skills now can help them get ahead of the curve and put them in a better position for success.
Before ACT testing and college and scholarship applications, have your sophomores reflect on these 8 employability skills needed for virtually any job they pursue. Once they have identified the skills they will need later on, students can focus on assessing and developing these valuable life skills.
This FREE personalized online learning tool will help students improve their readiness for the ACT® test and college and career by giving them the resources they need to increase their academic ability.
ACT Academy contains test prep with:
- Personalized study plans
- Diagnostic tests
- Diverse resources
- Targeted tips and tricks
ACT Academy is compatible with all devices and allows students to work on building their skills anywhere they have internet access.
Explore this tool at www.act.org/academy.
ACT® National Test Date
April 14, 2018