Standby Testing

Miss the deadline to register? You've still got a chance.

If you miss the late deadline to register for a test date, or requested a test date or test center change, standby testing provides a non-guaranteed opportunity to test. Standby requests must be submitted during a limited “Standby Request Period” before the test date.  Log-in to your ACT account to request standby testing for an additional fee.

Test centers admit standbys on a first-come, first-admitted basis and only if there are seats, test materials, and staff available after all registered students have been admitted for their test option. You may be turned away.

Standby Testing Conditions

The following conditions apply to standby testing:

  • You are not guaranteed a seat or a test booklet. 
  • Only standard time and regular print materials are available for standby testing.
  • To be considered for admission to the test center, you must:
    • Bring acceptable photo identification
    • Print and bring your Standby Ticket for that center
      • You may not use another examinee’s standby ticket
      • Your standby ticket must be for the same date as the test date
  • You must submit a photo to ACT by the stated deadline or else your registration will be cancelled.
  • If you are unable to test, standby requests will not transfer to another test date. Instead, ACT will refund the fees paid for your standby request.
    • If you make a test center or test date change, your standby fees will be refunded and you will be charged for the new test date.