ACT District Testing

The ACT: Late Spring Administration

The ACT District Testing program provides students the opportunity to earn college-reportable ACT scores by taking the test in their own classrooms. 

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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.

Welcome to Your District Testing Program

Important Dates

Your Schedule of Events (coming soon) 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: April 5, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 1: April 5-8, 2022 and April 11-15, 2022
  • Test Window 2: April 19, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 2: April 19-22, 2022 and April 25-29, 2022

The ACT Taken Online

  • Test Window 1: April 5-7, 2022 and April 12-14, 2022
  • Test Window 2: April 19-21, 2022 and April 26-28, 2022


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

Tips for Success

  1. Bookmark this web page and check back frequently for updated content. Content will be added as it's available.
  2. Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Accommodation, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing using the links provided. You can see a brief description, action items, and resources associated with each stage to help you get a feel for the testing timeline. Content will be linked as it becomes available.
  4. Watch for emails from ACT with important reminders. Add our email address to your contacts to prevent emails from going to spam/junk folders.

Helpful Links

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District Testing Office Hours:
Date: Mondays from 2:00-3:00 Central Time
Click here to join the meeting 

Accommodations Office Hours:
Date: Every Monday and Wednesday, through April 7, 2021 
Time: 1:00-2:00 Central time
Join Monday Session:
Link to join: +1 515-207-8727 
Conference ID: 831 656 038#

Join Wednesday Session:
Link to join: +1 515-207-8727 
Conference ID: 154 420 803#


ACT General Questions:
Phone: 800.553.6244, ext. 2800

Phone: 800.553.6244, ext. 1788

Step 1: Orientation

Before Testing: Get started with your testing program.

Activity: Make Staff Arrangements

1. Confirm School Test Coordinator Assignment

Resources to complete this activity:

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.

2. Select Test Staff

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Activity: Select Test Dates and Shipping Dates (Manage Participation)

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Activity: Verify the Shipping Address

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Activity: Learn about District Testing

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Step 2: Configuration

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

Activity: Upload Student Data

Resources to complete this activity:

Activity: Verify Enrollment for Test Materials

1. Verify the enrollment count (the number of examinees expected to test) in PearsonAccessnext listed for:
2. Check that all newly-enrolled students are in PearsonAccessnext by going to Setup, then Students
3. Enroll/unenroll examinees if the enrollment is not accurate

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

Activity: Site Readiness for Online Testing

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Activity: Order Test Materials

  • Additional standard time materials for the initial test date
    • for an enrollment increase after the Verify Enrollment for Test Materials deadline
    • if after receiving materials, more are needed
  • Standard time materials for the makeup test date

Resources to complete this activity:

Tip: If additional materials are needed for examinees authorized by ACT to test with accommodations/supports, call the ACT Accommodations team.

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

Step 3: Accommodation

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

Activity: Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

Resources to complete this activity:

Tip: Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select in TAA. National test dates are also listed, so be sure to select the test dates for your administration.

Tip: If selecting the Late Consideration date in TAA, make sure to attach the Late Consideration Form in the request.

Tip: If requests are not authorized by ACT, you have the option to test these examinees with accommodations and/or supports, for non-college reportable scores. The test coordinator needs to order non-college reportable materials in PearsonAccessnext.

Step 4: Preparation

Before Testing: Prepare students, staff, facilities, and materials for testing.

Activity: Prepare for Testing

1. Complete Non-Test Activities

Resources to complete this activity:

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. 

2. Prepare Your Examinees

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3. Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

Resources to complete this activity:

  • Test Facilities (administration manual section)
  • Test Staff (administration manual section)
  • Test Materials (administration manual section)
  • Test Administration (administration manual section)
  • On Demand Test Administration Training (webinar) (coming soon)
  • Test Administration Training slides (pdf) (coming soon)
4. Verify and Update Examinee Information

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5. Prepare for Online Testing

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Step 5: Administration

During Testing: Have a successful test administration.

Activity: Administer the Test

Resources to complete this activity:
Administration manuals

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.

Activity: Return Test Materials

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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.

Activity: Verify Enrollment for Invoice and Request to Unenroll Examinees

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Activity: Conclude Online Testing

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Step 7: Interpretation

After Testing: Interpret score reports and test data.

Activity: Access and Understand Score Reports

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Activity: Share Information with Examinees

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