ACT State and District Testing

Bringing the ACT to Students in the Classroom

Increase College Access and Opportunities for All Students

New This Year for the ACT District Testing Program

Online Reporting

Gain access to our easy-to-use system that provides student-level data that can be aggregated, viewed, and downloaded in customized ways to gain deeper insights.

Bundled Pricing

Order ACT District Testing with PreACT® and/or Preact® 8/9 to receive bundled pricing!
(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).


Price Lock Option

Have the assurance of the same pricing for the next 3 years with our new 3-year contract option.

Additional Testing Window Available

Increased administration flexibility will be offered with the new Late April 2020 - Online-Only test date option offered April 21- April 23, 2020 and April 28 – April 30, 2020.

Student Data Upload Invoicing

District testing invoicing is now based on school enrollment count in PearsonAccessnextTM

Tips for an Accurate Enrollment Count

Student Success ACT Recognition Club Toolkit

Everything a school or district needs to create or create an ACT success recognition club.

Access the Toolkit


English Language Learner Toolkit

ACT provides accommodations to U.S. students who are English learners (EL). This toolkit will help schools understand ways to use these supports that ensure the ACT scores earned by EL students accurately reflect what they have learned in school.

Join School Districts Across the Country in Bringing the ACT Test
to Students in the Classroom

Quick facts:

  • Since 2007, students in more than 47 states have earned college-reportable scores taking the ACT® test in their own classrooms.
  • The experience can help students realize they have the skills to perform college-level coursework and give your district the information it needs to get them there. The test raises college awareness and exposure among all students.
  • The ACT is tied closely to your district’s curriculum—it’s always been about what students learn in school.
  • Empower your students and educators - ACT Academy, the FREE online ACT test prep tool with personalized learning paths for students. Educators have access to resources based on student gaps with robust classroom reporting.

States with school districts providing the ACT test to students are depicted in blue.

ACT District Testing Program Details

During the 2019-2020 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.

The ACT: $45.50

The ACT with writing: $59.00

Additional discounts available for districts with 50%-100% of students in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP). View pricing infographic.

Invoices will be generated based on the counts provided in the Student Data Upload.

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.

Fall 2019 Key Deadlines (PDF)
Early Spring 2020 Key Deadlines (PDF)
Late Spring 2020 Key Deadlines (PDF)
Late April 2020 Key Deadlines (PDF)

Key Dates and Deadlines

Test Session Registration, Contract, and 
School List Deadline**
Test Date Online Testing Window
Early Spring 2020
See Early Spring Administration Overview
January 10, 2020 Feb 25, 2020 (Initial)
Mar 10, 2020 (Makeup)
Feb 25-27, 2020 (Initial)
Mar 3-5, 2020 (Initial)
Mar 10-12, 2020 (Makeup)
Mar 17-19, 2020 (Makeup)
Late Spring 2020
See Late Spring Administration Overview
February 7, 2020 Mar 24, 2020 (Initial)
Apr 7, 2020 (Makeup)
Mar 24-26, 2020 (Initial)
Mar 31-Apr 2, 2020 (Initial)
Apr 7-9, 2020 (Makeup)
Apr 14-16, 2020 (Makeup)
Late April 2020 (Online Only)
See Late April Administration Overview
March 20, 2020 N/A Apr 21-23, 2020
Apr 28-30, 2020
Fall 2020
See Fall Administration Overview 

October 6, 2020 (Initial)

October 20, 2020 (Makeup)

Early Spring 2021
See Early Spring Administration Overview

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

March 30, 2021 (Initial)

April 13, 2021 (Makeup)

March 30-31, 2021 (Initial)
April 1, 2021 (Initial)
April 6-8, 2021 (Initial)
April 13-15, 2021 (Makeup)
April 20-22, 2021 (Makeup)


Late April 2021
See Late April Administration Overview
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 a signed contract and list of participating schools is required. It is possible to register, sign the contract, and submit a list of participating schools the same day using a digital signature.

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2019

The report examines the college and career readiness of the 2019 ACT-tested graduating class. Learn how all students and specific student populations are performing compared to:

  • The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks 
  • The ACT STEM Benchmarks 
  • Foundational work readiness skills 
  • Core subjects 
  • Core curriculum


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