ACT Remote Proctored Testing

For those students who are taking part in the Remote Proctored ACT Practice Test on Saturday November 21:

Call Technical Support on 855.257.1648 if you experience any issues on test day or need assistance with your device.

During the exam you can reach proctor support and technical support via an in-exam chat functionality.
Consult this document for a detailed description of the steps you’ll follow to check in before your test.

Ever wanted to take the ACT test from home? 

This upcoming remote proctored practice test is one of the early steps in helping ACT realize a vision to provide secure and convenient testing options. You should have received an email with a survey link; if you are interested in participating, please complete the information at that survey link and submit.

Reasons to Participate

  • Prepare for the ACT under supervision of a proctor, simulating real test day conditions from home
  • Help ACT gain insight necessary to advance solutions for at-home testing. Your feedback is critical to shaping the future of the ACT.
  • ACT will provide schools with raw score data (i.e number of correct answers) for review to share with you.

Test Date

This test experience will occur on November 21, 2020.

Before Test Day

Downloading the Secure Test Browser

You must download the PSI Bridge Secure Browser on the device you will use on test day. A brief system check will run and provide you with a download link after completion of the test.

HTTPS://SYSCHECK.BRIDGE.PSIEXAMS.COM/

If student is not able to download on their own, they may need technical support from school staff. 

Technical Requirements

In order to take the ACT via remote proctoring a computer or laptop must meet the following minimum
specifications:

System Requirements
Operating System 

Windows 8.1, 10 (Not 10s or 10 in s mode)

macOS X 10.13.6 and higher (New OS supported within 30 days of release)

Supported Browsers  Safari, Firefox, Chrome 
RAM Recommended: More than 2 GB 
Free Disk Space  1 GB 
Screen resolution  1368 X 769 or higher 
Bandwidth 300 Kbps upload and download 
Minimum web camera resolution  640 X 480 
Download You must have the ability to install and download software yourself
without any additional access or administrator login. 

Additionally – a working microphone will be necessary in order to test.

This experience is not supported in touchscreen mode for any eligible laptop or computer. Chrome OS, Chromebooks, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are not currently supported.  

Note: ACT is partnering with your school to ensure your school computer or laptop meets technical specifications. If you are using a home device, it must meet the same technical specifications and must be configured prior to test day.

Testing Room Requirements

An acceptable at-home testing space must meet these criteria:

  • A desk surface where you will test on a computer that is clean and free from clutter.
  • An area free from distraction and noise.

The Remote Proctored Test Day

Bring the Following

Login credentials

ACT will provide you with credentials from an email sent a few days before testing. You will need to print this documentation and have available on test day. It will contain the email you provided as well as a launch code you will need to access the online test.

Photo identification 

Must be an original, current (valid) ID issued by a city/state/federal government agency or your school. ID must be in hard plastic card format. Paper or electronic formats are NOT acceptable. Your first and last names must match the ticket. The photo must be clearly recognizable as you. 

Whiteboard

You will be permitted to use a whiteboard during the test. You will be asked to erase any remaining marks content after testing.

Calculator 

Bring a permitted calculator to be used on the mathematics test only. You are not required to use a calculator at all, but if you do, it is your responsibility to know whether your calculator is permitted.

The ACT calculator policy is designed to ensure fairness for all examinees, avoid disturbances in the testing area, and protect the security of the test materials.

Snacks

Can only be eaten away from the testing area only during the break.

Do Not Bring

  • Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, scratch paper, notes, or other aids
  • Highlighter pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape
  • Any electronic device, other than a permitted calculator
  • Reading material
  • Tobacco in any form
  • Watch

Before the Test Begins

  • Log in by 8:00 AM. Be ready with your login credentials. Students must start the online check-in process between 8:00-8:30am. Any students that have not started the check-in process by 8:30am at the latest will have missed their chance to participate. Note: If you have not installed software or confirmed device compatibility; you risk not being able to participate. Students will need to have started the exam (English section) by no later than 9am or they will be disconnected.

Preparing to Test

  • Confirm your Address information (you will pick any address for this exam) 
  • You will be provided with login credentials  
  • Video actions:
    • Scan the entire room
    • Take a selfie
    • Scan your ID

During the Test

  • A permitted calculator may be used on the mathematics test only. It is your responsibility to know whether your calculator is permitted. Please refer to the ACT Calculator Policy (PDF).
  • Do not engage in any prohibited behavior. If you do, your testing session will be terminated and your test will not be scored. For more details about prohibited behavior, please see Terms and Conditions (PDF). Note: During your registration process, you agree to the terms and conditions. On test day, you will once again be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Prohibited Devices

The prohibited use of devices is in effect from the time you begin testing until you are dismissed at the end of the test, including break times. Specifically: 

  • You may not handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time or during break times. This includes smart watches, fitness bands, and any other devices with recording, internet, or communication capabilities.
  • All devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of sight.
  • If you access your device or if your device activates while testing or during break times, you will be dismissed and your test will not be scored.

Taking a Break

No food or drink during the test. A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. You will not be allowed to use cell phones or any electronic devices during the break, and you may not eat or drink anything during the test.

Finishing Up

When is the test over? If you start the practice test by 9:00 AM, you should expect to be finished testing at about 12:15p.m.