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(Must have an ACT District Testing contract to receive discounted pricing. Bundled discount is $1.00 off/student PreACT and/or Preact 8/9. No discount code is necessary, billing will be adjusted appropriately).
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ACT District Testing Program Details
During the 2020-2021 school year, ACT will offer four test dates: one in the fall and three in the spring. Select the date(s) that work best for your district.
Districts may choose from two test options. All participating schools in a district must test using the same test option—either the ACT or the ACT with writing.
The district assessment coordinator will be our primary contact for the ACT District Testing program. During the implementation phase, we ask that this coordinator serve as the liaison between schools, district officials, and ACT.
During subsequent phases (school establishment, training, materials delivery, administration, and some post-exam activities), we will work directly with the schools. From time to time, we may still ask for the coordinator’s assistance.
Once testing is completed, we will send the district assessment coordinator all district-level reports and an invoice based on the number of students tested and the type of test administered.
District assessment coordinators may also be the school test coordinator at individual schools participating in District testing.
Districts may choose to participate in both fall 2019 and one spring 2020 ACT test window—or choose to participate in only fall or only one spring test date. Note that all schools testing under a parent institution (district) must test in the test window selected by the district using the same test option—either the ACT or the ACT with writing.
In spring 2019, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for fall 2019. Any testing staff changes that occur over the summer can be submitted to ACT in August. We’ll accept applications for ACT-approved accommodations for the fall 2019 test window beginning in late May. You can continue to submit accommodation applications through early August.
In the spring of 2019, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for the spring 2020 administration. Any testing staff changes that occur over the summer can be submitted to ACT when they occur. We’ll accept applications for ACT-approved accommodations for the spring 2020 test window in November. You can continue to submit accommodations applications through mid-January.
|Test Session||Enrollment and School List Deadline**||Test Date||Online Testing Window|
See Fall Administration Overview
|August 14, 2020
October 6, 2020 (Initial)
October 20, 2020 (Makeup)
|Early Spring 2021
See Early Spring Administration Overview
|January 15, 2021
March 2, 2021
March 16, 2021 (Makeup)
|March 2-4, 2021 (Initial)
March 9-11, 2021 (Initial)
March 16-18, 2021, (Makeup)
March 23-25, 2021 (Makeup)
|Late Spring 2021
See Late Spring Administration Overview
|February 12, 2021
March 30, 2021 (Initial)
April 13, 2021 (Makeup)
March 30-31, 2021 (Initial)
|Late April 2021
See Late April Administration Overview
|March 12, 2021
||N/A – This window is open to online testing only.
||April 20-22, 2021 (Initial)
April 27-29, 2021 (Initial)
*Districts may participate in one of the three spring test dates.
**This deadline is the date an enrollment agreement/signed contract and list of participating schools is required. It is possible to enroll, sign the contract, and submit a list of participating schools the same day using a digital signature.