ACT District Testing

The ACT: Early 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; order test materials.

Step 3: Accommodation - Learn about accessibility supports; request accommodations and/or supports; request reconsideration or late consideration.

Step 4: Preparation - 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  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 29, 2022
  • Test Accommodations Window 2: March 29 - April 1, 2022 and April 4-8, 2022

The ACT Taken Online

  • Test Window 1: March 8-10, 2022 and March 15-17, 2022
  • Test Window 2: March 29-31, 2022 and April 5-7, 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: Monday and Wednesday, through April 7, 2022
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
Email: actdistricttesting@act.org

Accommodations:
Phone: 800.553.6244, ext. 1788
ACTStateAccoms@act.org

Step 1: Orientation

Before Testing: Get started with your testing program.

Learn about Test Formats and Policies

Resources:

Select Test Dates and Verify Shipping Address (Manage Participation)

Dates:

calendarNovember 8, 2021 - January 28, 2022

Websites:

Resources:

Training:

Select Test Staff and Set Up Accounts

Websites:

Resources:

Training:

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:

calendarNovember 8, 2021 - January 28, 2022

Resources:

Training:

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:

calendarNovember 8, 2021 - January 28, 2021

Websites:

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

Training:

Complete Site Readiness for Online Testing

Dates:

calendarDecember 7, 2021 - February 2, 2022

Websites:

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ACT Online Technical Readiness Training Tutorials

Step 3: Accommodation

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

Learn about Accessibility Supports

Websites:

Resources:

Training:

  • On Demand Accommodations Training Webinar (webinar) (coming soon)
  • ACT Accommodations Training slides (document) (coming soon)

Request Accommodations and/or English Learner (EL) Supports

Request Qualified Exceptions to the Deadline

Dates:

calendar January 31 - March 4, 2022

Websites:

Resources:

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

Order Test Materials

Dates:

calendarTest Window 1: February 7 - 25, 2022

calendarTest Window 2: March 8 - 18, 2022

Websites:

Resources:

Training:

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.

Complete Non-Test Activities

Dates:

calendarAfter materials arrive

Websites:

Resources:

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:

calendar November 8, 2021 - January 28, 2022

Websites:

Resources:

Create Online Test Sessions

Dates:

calendarFebruary 7 - March 17, 2022

calendar March 23 - April 7, 2022

Websites:

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Training:

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 Accomodations Administration Window: March 8 - 18, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Standard Time Administration Date: March 29, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Accommodations Administration Window: March 29 - April 8, 2022

Resources:

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: April 5, 2022

calendarTest Window 2 Accommodations Testing Materials Receipt Deadline: April 15, 2022

Resources:

Training:

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

calendarApril 7, 2022

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Step 7: Interpretation

After Testing: Interpret score reports and test data.

Access and Understand Score Reports

Dates:

calendar See your Score Report Schedule for release dates

Websites:

Resources:

Training:

Access and Understand Score Reports

Dates:

calendar See your Score Report Schedule for release dates

Websites:

Resources:

Training: