ACT Accomodations

 

If your child has an IEP or 504 Plan, questions should be addressed to his or her counselor or case specialist at least 6 to 8 weeks before the test date.

Please remember, students requiring "Special Accommodations over multiple days" should never register online. They need to see their case specialist at least 6 to 8 weeks before the test date.

ACT provides test accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Schools provide accommodations under different regulations. Thus, having a diagnosis and receiving accommodations in school do not guarantee approval of those accommodations for the ACT. Students with current professionally diagnosed and documented disabilities may request one of the following testing options. Prospect students should contact their counselor or case specialist to determine the appropriate ACT accommodations request form to complete.

Center Testing #1:  Standard Time National Testing

Request this only if you can test at a regularly scheduled national test center under standard time limits and use either a regular type (10-pt.) or larger type (18-pt.) test booklet, but require accommodations due to your disability.  Examples of accommodations include:

  • assignment to a wheelchair-accessible room
  • large type test booklet
  • marking responses in the test booklet
  • permission for diabetics to eat snacks, wear insulin pump, stop-th-clock-breaks  
  • seating near the front of the room to lip-read spoken instructions
  • sign language interpreter

Center Testing #2:  Extended Time National Testing (50% more time allowed)

The Application for ACT Extended Time National Testing must be completed at least six weeks prior to testing.  When applying for the ACT for the first time, Prospect students should contact their counselor or case specialist to complete the application.

There are two ways to apply for Extended Time National Testing:

  1. Student registers online and prints two copies of the admission ticket.   The student then brings one of the admission tickets to their counselor or case manager.  An application is then completed and mailed to ACT with a copy of the admission ticket.
  2. An application is completed by the counselor or case manager.  Then the student/parent mails the application to ACT with a completed registration folder.

Approved students are allowed up to 5 hours total to work on the multiple-choice tests at their own pace (including breaks between tests). Students taking the ACT Plus Writing have up to 5 hours and 45 minutes.

Special Testing

Special Testing at school is designed for students whose documented disabilities require accommodations be made in a special setting. Students requiring special testing should NOT complete a registration folder or register on the web. The Request for Special Testing Form must be completed at least six weeks prior to testing. When applying for the ACT for the first time, Prospect students should contact their case specialist to complete the application. Students who have already been approved for accommodations for a previous ACT test should contact their case specialist to complete a modified application.

Examples include:

  • more than time-and–a–half
  • testing over multiple days
  • alternate formats such as Braille, audiocassette, audio DVD, or a Reader
  • use of a scribe or computer to produce a written essay (only for the writing test)
  • extended time only on the writing test