The ACT Test: Montana

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 -Verify enrollment for test materials.

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.

Step 5: Administration - Administer the test.

Step 6: Transportation - Return test materials.

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

Important Dates and 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: March 29, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 1: March 29 - April 1, 2022 and April 4-8, 2022
  • Test Window 2: April 12, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 2: April 12-15, 2022 and April 18-22, 2022
  • Test Window 3: April 26, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 3: April 26-29, 2022 and May 2-6, 2022

The ACT Taken Online

  • Test Window 1: March 29-31, 2022 and April 5-7, 2022
  • Test Window 2: April 12-14, 2022 and April 19-21, 2022
  • Test Window 3: April 26-28, 2022 and May 3-5, 2022

 

Documents will be replaced as they become available for spring 2022 testing

Helpful Links

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ACT State Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Central Time
Click here to Register/Join the meeting

Accommodations Office Hours for the Spring Administration have ended.

Montana Questions:
319-337-1584

ACT General Questions:
800.553.6244, ext. 2800
contact form

Accommodations
800.553.6244, ext. 1788
ACTStateAccoms@act.org

State Code: 27

State Policy Questions:
OPI Assessment: 844.867.2569
Website: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Learn about Test Formats and Policies

Select Test Dates and Verify Shipping Address (Manage Participation)

Dates:

calendar November 1, 2021 - January 13, 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 PearsonAccessnext, 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

Dates:

calendar December 15, 2021 - March 18, 2022

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

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Complete Site Readiness for Online Testing

Learn about Accessibility Supports

Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

Request Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline

Dates:

calendar February 7 - March 25, 2022

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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: February 21 - March 18, 2022

calendarTest Window 2: March 29 - April 1, 2022

calendarTest Window 3: April 12 -15, 2022

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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 & Shipment Tracking. See the View Status and Shipment Information section in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide.

Complete Non-Test Activities

Dates:

calendarAfter materials arrive

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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 PearsonAccessnext. Refer to the Accessing Reports section of PearsonAccessnext 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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  • Test Facilities (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)
  • Test Staff (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)
  • Test Materials (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)
  • Test Administration (manual section – select the first result listed after applying search filters)

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Update Examinee Information

Dates:

calendarDecember 15, 2021 - March 18, 2022

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Create Online Test Sessions

Dates:

calendarFebruary 21 - April 7, 2022

calendarApril 6 - 21, 2022

calendarApril 20 - May 5, 2022

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Administer the Test

Paper Testing Dates:

calendarTest Window 1 Standard Time Administration Date: March 29, 2022

calendarTest Window 1 Accommodations Administration Window: March 29 - April 8, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time Administration Date: April 12, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Accommodations Administration Window: April 12 - 22, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Standard Time Administration Date: April 26, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Accommodations Administration Window: April 26 - May 6, 2022

Online Testing Dates:

calendarTest Window 1 Standard Time and Accommodations Administration Window: March 29 - April 7, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time and Accommodations Administration Window: April 12- 21, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Standard Time and Accommodations Administration Window: April 26 - May 5, 2022

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Forms

Administration Manuals

Supplements

Video

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

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1 Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 5, 2022

calendarTest Window 1 Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 15, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 20, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 29, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: May 4, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: May 13, 2022

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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:

calendarApril 7, 2022

calendarApril 21, 2022

calendarMay 5, 20222

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