The ACT Test: South Carolina

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.

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

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 8, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 1: March 8-11, 2022 and March 14-18, 2022
  • Test Window 2: March 22, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 2: March 22-25, 2022 and March 28 - April 1, 2022
  • Test Window 3: April 12, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 3: April 12-15, 2022 and April 18-22, 2022

The ACT Taken Online

  • Test Window 1: March 8-10, 2022 and March 15-17, 2022
  • Test Window 2: March 22-24, 2022 and March 29-31, 2022
  • Test Window 3: April 12-14, 2022 and April 19-21, 2022

Documents will be replaced as they become available for 2022 spring 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
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Accommodations Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central Time 
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+1 515-207-8727,,654675617#  United States, Iowa City
Phone Conference ID: 654 675 617#  
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South Carolina Questions:
319-337-1597

ACT General Questions:
800.553.6244, ext. 2800
contact form

Accommodations
800.553.6244, ext. 1788
ACTStateAccoms@act.org

State Policy Questions:
South Carolina Department of Education
Phone: 803.734.8274
Website: South Carolina Department of Education

Step 1: Orientation

Before Testing: Get started with your testing program.

Learn about Test Formats and Policies

Select Test Dates and Verify Shipping Address (Manage Participation)

Dates:

calendarNovember 1 - December 3, 2021

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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.

Step 2: Configuration

Before Testing: Ensure systems are set up and data is submitted for testing.

Upload Student Data Records (SDU File)

Dates:

calendarJanuary 21, 2022

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Tip: The formatting in the SDU template includes instructions for how to create a successful file. Be sure to delete the sample row and all blank rows prior to uploading to PearsonAccessnext.

Verify Enrollment Counts

Dates:

calendarJanuary 21 - April 22, 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

Step 3: Accommodation

Before Testing: Identify student needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Learn about Accessibility Supports

Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

Request Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline

Dates:

calendarJanuary 17 - March 4, 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.

Step 4: Preparation

Before Testing: Identify student needs for accommodations and/or supports.

 Order Test Materials

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1: January 31 - February 25, 2022

calendarTest Window 2: March 8-11, 2022

calendarTest Window 3: March 22 - April 1, 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

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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

Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

Resources:

  • 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)

Training:

  • ACT Test Administration Training (coming soon)
  • ACT Test Administration Training slides (coming soon)

Update Examinee Information

Dates:

calendarJanuary 21 - April 22, 2022

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Create Online Test Sessions

Dates:

calendar January 31 - March 17, 2022

calendar March 16-31, 2022

calendar April 6-22, 2022

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Step 5: Administration

During Testing: Have a successful test administration.

Administer the Test

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1 Standard Time Administration Date: March 8, 2022

calendarTest Window 1 Accommodations Administration Window: March 8 - 18, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time Administration Date: March 22, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Accommodations Administration Window: March 22 - April 1, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Standard Time Administration Date: April 12, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Accommodations Administration Window: April 12 - 22, 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.

Step 6: Transportation

After Testing: Send materials and data back to ACT.

Return Test Materials

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1 Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: March 15, 2022

calendarTest Window 1 Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: March 25, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: March 29, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 8, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Standard Time Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 20, 2022

calendarTest Window 3 Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 29, 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:

calendarMarch 17, 2022

calendarMarch 31, 2022

calendarApril 21, 2022

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Step 7: Interpretation

After Testing: Interpret score reports and test data.

Access and Understand Score Reports

Dates:

calendarSee your Score Report Schedule in Resources below for release dates

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Share Reporting Information with Examinees