ACT Test Accommodations and English Learner Supports

Making a Request

ACT has recently streamlined accommodations eligibility requirements for students with IEPs and 504 plans! See our press release for more information.

All requests for accommodations and EL supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the published late registration deadline for your preferred test date through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. 

Temporary arrangements may be available for temporary conditions. Temporary arrangements are available for situations such as a broken arm. Contact for a request form.

Follow the three steps below to get started.

Step 1

Register to test. Create an account or sign in.

Online registration will ask you for your high school code and your accessibility needs.

You'll receive an email that must be sent to your school official along with a completed Consent to Release Information to ACT (PDF) form.

You will need to work with a school official when making your requests.


Your school official will submit your request, with documentation, to ACT.

Homeschooled or not currently enrolled?

You will need to request an application to complete. Please see Examinees Who Are Homeschooled or Are Not Currently Enrolled for instructions.

What happens after I make a request?

ACT will review the request and email a Decision Notification to your school. Your school official should contact you once they receive the response from ACT. Requests are normally processed in 10 to 14 business days. If you did not receive an update from your school official, please reach out to them directly to obtain a copy of the Decision Notification. If the Decision Notification indicates you are approved, but your admission ticket does not reflect this contact ACT Accommodations at 319.337.1332.

National vs. Special

Your specific accommodations will be provided to your Test Coordinator. Based on your approved accommodations ACT will place you in either:

National Testing

Some accommodations (eg. time and one-half single session testing) and all EL supports, may be administered in National test centers. Examinees approved to test at a National test center will see an “Accommodations” label on their admission ticket once accommodations and/or English Learner Supports are approved by ACT and the examinee’s seat at a National test center is confirmed in the applicable room type (e.g. extended time, single).

Special Testing

If the approved accommodations cannot be provided in a National test center (eg. Multiple-day testing) the examinee and the school official will work together to make arrangements for testing within the applicable special testing window. Examinees approved to test via Special Testing will see a “Special Testing” label on their admission ticket once accommodations and/or English Learner Supports are approved. Examinees will still need to continue to make arrangements with the school official to test.If the examinee’s school is unable to administer Special testing examinees may find a willing school and work with ACT to request testing at this location.

Allowable ACT Accommodations and English Learner (EL) Supports

Special Testing Windows

If you are located in the US, US Territories, or Puerto Rico, special testing is available during the designated testing windows below. Please note, some schools may be closed during part of the testing window due to schools being out of session.

2021-2022 Special Testing Windows

Test Date Testing Window
September 11, 2021 September 11 - September 26, 2021
October 23, 2021 October 23 – November 7, 2021
December 11, 2021 December 11 - December 26, 2021
February 12, 2022 February 12 – February 27, 2022
April 2, 2022 April 2 - April 17, 2022
June 11, 2022 June 11 - June 26, 2022
July 16, 2022* July 16 - July 31, 2022

*Special testing is not available in New York for the July Testing Window.

The Test Information Release for Special testing is available during the April testing window. Learn more!

Forms and Resources

Consent to Release Information (PDF) Must be printed, signed by parent or legal guardian, or examinee if over age 18, and filed at the school.
National vs. Special (PDF) Infographic detailing examples of Accommodations and EL Supports in National and Special testing.
Preparing for the ACT Test - Special Testing (PDF) Learning resource for examinees taking the ACT through Special testing.
Accessibility Supports Guide for the ACT - National and Special Testing (PDF) Resource for examinees and educational teams requesting accommodations or EL supports for the ACT test.

The ACT Extended Time vs. Special Testing Comparison

So You've Registered for the ACT with Accommodations,
Now What?

Your Privacy

ACT will treat all information you provide to support your request as confidential and will use it solely to determine your eligibility for accessibility supports. Details about these supports will be shared only with the testing staff and will not be released to anyone else, including your chosen score report recipients. The only exceptions are for those instances in which an examinee’s related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity. ACT Score Reports do not include any specifics about the accessibility supports provided.

Contact Us

If you have a more specific question, please use the Contact Form.

Still have questions?
Call to speak with an ACT representative at (319) 337-1332, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Central)
Call wait times may vary.

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