Accommodations and English Learner Supports

for the ACT test

ACT is committed to providing access to the ACT test for examinees with documented disabilities and English Learners through appropriate accommodations and English Learner (EL) supports.

Approved for Special Testing in April 2019?
You may be eligible to request a copy of the questions and answers through a Test Information Release!

Making a Request

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.

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 decision notification.

Requests are normally processed in 10 to 14 business days.

National vs. Special

Based on your approved accommodations ACT will place you in either:

National Testing

Some accommodations (eg. 50% Extended time single session testing) and all EL supports, may be administered in National test centers. The examinee’s admission ticket will note the examinee is approved for accommodations and their assigned testing location, which may differ from their preferred choice.

All examinees assigned to a National Testing Center must upload a photo prior to the photo-upload deadline.

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 will not have an admission ticket.

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.

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.

2019-2020 Special Testing Windows
Test Date Testing Window
September 14, 2019 September 14 - September 29, 2019
October 26, 2019 October 26 – November 10, 2019
December 14, 2019 December 14 - December 29, 2019
February 8, 2020 February 8 – February 23, 2020
April 4, 2020 April 4 - April 19, 2020
June 13, 2020 June 13 - June 28, 2020
July 18, 2020* July 18 - August 2, 2020

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

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.

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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