The ACT Test: Arkansas

Test Administration Process Next Steps

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that phase.

Step 1: Orientation - Learn about test formats and policies; select test dates and provide shipping information; select test staff and set up accounts.

Step 2: Configuration -  Upload student data records; verify enrollment for test materials;complete online site readiness.

Step 3: Accommodation - Learn about accessibility supports; request accommodations and/or supports; request qualified exceptions to the deadline.

Step 4: Preparation - Order test materials; complete non-test activities; provide examinees test prep information; prepare your facility, staff, and materials; update examinee information; create online test sessions.

Step 5: Administration - Administer the test.

Step 6: Transportation: Return test materials; purge online testing content.

Step 7: Interpretation - Access and understand score reports; share reporting information with examinees.

Important Dates & Information

Your Schedule of Events contains all dates and deadlines for your test event. Check it frequently to ensure you're on track for a successful administration.

Test Dates

The ACT Taken on Paper

  • Test Window 1: February 28, 2023
  • Test Accommodations Window 1: February 28 - March 3, 2023 and March 6-10, 2023
  • Test Window 2: March 28, 2023
  • Test Accommodations Window 2: March 28-31, 2023 and April 3-7, 2023
  • Test Window 3: April 11, 2023
  • Test Accommodations Window 3: April 11-14, 2023 and April 17-21, 2023

The ACT Taken Online

  • Test Window 1: February 28 - March 2, 2023 and March 7-9, 2023
  • Test Window 2: March 28-30, 2023 and April 4-6, 2023
  • Test Window 3: April 11-13, 2023 and April 18-20, 2023

Documents will be replaced as they become available for Spring 2023 testing

Helpful Links

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Accommodations Office Hours: Link

 

Arkansas Questions:
319-337-1569

ACT General Questions:
800.553.6244, ext. 2800
contact form

Accommodations
800.553.6244, ext. 1788
ACTStateAccoms@act.org

State Policy Questions:
501-682-4558
AR LiveBinder Website

Learn about Test Formats and Policies

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Select Test Dates and Verify Shipping Address (Manage Participation)

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calendar November 7 - December 9, 2022

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Select Test Staff and Set Up Accounts

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Tip: When the district test coordinator changes the school test coordinator in PearsonAccess next , remember to deactivate the existing test coordinator's user account. Updates need to be completed in two places: the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account.

Verify Enrollment Counts

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calendarNovember 14, 2022 - April 21, 2023

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Tip: To verify accommodations/supports counts, run an Accommodations and Supports Roster in PearsonAccess next .

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Complete Site Readiness for Online Testing

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calendarDecember 5, 2022 - January 18, 2023

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ACT Online Technical Readiness Training Tutorials

Learn about Accessibility Supports

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Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

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calendarSeptember 12, 2022 - January 13, 2023

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Request Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline

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calendarJanuary 16 - February 24, 2023

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Tip: Reconsideration is used if you submitted a request for accommodations that was denied. Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline is for limited reasons as indicated on the form.

Tip: If selecting the qualified exceptions date in TAA, make sure to attach the Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline Form in the request.

Order Test Materials

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1: January 23 - February 17, 2023

calendarTest Window 2: February 28 - March 8, 2023

calendarTest Window 3: March 28 - 31, 2023

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Tip: If additional materials are needed for examinees authorized by ACT to test with accommodations/supports, call the ACT Accommodations team. Use the Accommodations and Supports Roster, which can be accessed in PearsonAccessnext by Test Coordinators and Room Supervisors, to provide information to ensure the right students receive additional materials.

Tip: You can track test materials shipments using Orders and Shipment Tracking. See the View Status and Shipment Information section in the PearsonAccess next User Guide.

Complete Non-Test Activities

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1: January 30 - March 2, 2023

calendarTest Window 2: March 13 - 30, 2023

calendarTest Window 3: April 3 - 13, 2023

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Tip: To provide visibility into the non-test information process, schools will have access to a new daily Student Code Usage Status report after receiving their first shipment of materials. This report is posted in the Published Reports section in PearsonAccess next . Refer to the Accessing Reports section of PearsonAccess next User Guide for instructions. This report contains “Yes” or “No” to indicate students who have not used their Student Code or not completed college choices.

Provide Examinees Test Prep Information

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Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

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Update Examinee Information

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calendarTest Window 1: November 14, 2022 - January 13, 2023

calendarTest Window 2: February 28 - March 8, 2023

calendarTest Window 3: March 28 - April 21, 2023

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Create Online Test Sessions

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calendarTest Window 1: January 23 - March 9, 2023

calendarTest Window 2: March 13 - April 6, 2023

calendarTest Window 3: April 5 - 20, 2023

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Administer the Test

Paper Testing Dates:

calendarTest Window 1 Standard Time Administration Date: February 28, 2023

calendarTest Window 1 Accommodations Administration Window: February 28 - March 3, 2023 and March 6 - 10, 2023

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time Administration Date: March 28, 2023

calendarTest Window 2 Accommodations Administration Window: March 28 - 31, 2023 and April 3 - 7, 2023

calendarTest Window 3 Standard Time Administration Date: April 11, 2023

calendarTest Window 3 Accommodations Administration Window: April 11 - 14, 2023 and April 17 - 21, 2023

Online Testing Dates:

calendarTest Window 1 Standard Time and Accommodations Administration Window: February 28 - March 2, 2023 and March 7 - 9, 2023

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time and Accommodations Administration Window: March 28 - 30, 2023 and April 4 - 6, 2023

calendarTest Window 3 Standard Time and Accommodations Administration Window: April 11 - 13, 2023 and April 18 - 20, 2023

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Administration Manuals

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Tip: Ensure you are using the correct materials for your test date and type to avoid cancellation of scores.

Tip: If you are testing an examinee authorized for English learner supports, have the ACT-Authorized Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries list handy to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.

Return Test Materials

Paper Testing:

calendarTest Window 1 standard time testing materials receipt deadline: March 8, 2023

calendarTest Window 1 accommodations testing materials receipt deadline: March 20, 2023

calendarTest Window 2 standard time testing materials receipt deadline: April 5, 2023

calendarTest Window 2 accommodations testing materials receipt deadline: April 17, 2023

calendarTest Window 3 standard time testing materials receipt deadline: April 19, 2023

calendarTest Window 3 accommodations testing materials receipt deadline: May 1, 2023

Online Testing:

calendarTest Window 1 standard time testing materials receipt deadline: March 13, 2023

calendarTest Window 3 standard time testing materials receipt deadline: April 10, 2023

calendarTest Window 3 accommodations testing materials receipt deadline: April 24, 2023

 

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Tip: Do not return unused answer documents from initial testing. Use those for makeup testing.

Tip: Return answer documents following testing so they arrive at ACT by the receipt deadline listed on the Schedule of Events and can be scored.

Tip: Return all ACT-authorized accommodations materials at the end of the testing window, rather than returning materials for individual examinees as they complete testing.

Tip: If you receive an additional order, write your high school name and code on the return shipping labels.

Purge Online Testing Content

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1: March 9, 2023

calendarTest Window 2: April 6, 2023

calendarTest Window 3: April 20, 2023

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