Reporting Time

For National and International Test Dates, you must report to the test center by the time stated on your admission ticket, normally 8:00 a.m. If you are late, you may not be admitted to test. If your admission ticket does not list a specific room, test center staff or posted signs will direct you to your test room.

Identification Required

At check-in, you will be required to show acceptable ID.

See ID requirements on your admission ticket or at You will also need to bring your admission ticket to complete your answer document correctly.

Dos and Don’ts

In the test room, the supervisor or proctor will direct you to a seat. If you need a left-handed desk, tell your supervisor as you enter. Do not leave the test room after you have been admitted. Only pencils, erasers, a permitted calculator (for the Mathematics Test only), and your admission ticket will be allowed on your desk. You will be required to put all other personal belongings away. You will not be allowed to have scratch paper, books, dictionaries, notes or other aids, highlighters, colored pens or pencils, mechanical pencils, ink pens, correction fluid, reading material, or any electronic devices other than a permitted calculator. Examples of prohibited devices include: timer, cell phone, media player, PDA, headphones, camera. You may not use tobacco in any form or have food or drink (including water) in the test room. You must abide by the rules of the test center.

Try to relax just before beginning the tests. Take a few deep breaths, tense and relax your muscles, and think about pleasant things.

Test Preliminaries

Testing will begin as soon as all examinees present at 8:00 a.m. are checked in and seated. Listen carefully to all directions read by your supervisor. Ask questions if you do not understand what you are to do. It is very important that you follow all directions carefully. For instance, if you do not copy the Matching Information from your admission ticket onto your answer document accurately, or fill in the correct ovals, your scores will be delayed up to 8 weeks.

You will receive a different answer document depending on which Test Option you registered to take. Make sure the answer document you receive matches the Test Option you intend to take.

When you receive your test booklet, you will be told to read the directions printed on the cover, then asked to write the booklet number and test form on your answer document. It is extremely important that you fill in the correct ovals for your test booklet number and for the test form you are taking because these determine which answer key will be used to score your answer document. The supervisor will then tell you when to break the seal, open your test booklet, and begin work. If you are taking the ACT plus Writing, you will receive a Writing Test booklet only after you have completed the four multiple-choice tests.

Taking the Tests

As you are working, keep your eyes on your own test booklet and answer document. If you have a question, raise your hand. Do not look around. Please remember that as you take the tests you may not use information or materials that cause you to obtain a test score that misrepresents what you have learned.

It is important that you understand what is considered prohibited behavior on the ACT. If you are involved in any of the actions listed below, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.

Prohibited behaviors include:

• filling in or altering ovals on a test or continuing to write the essay after time is called on that test (You must put your pencil down immediately when time is called.)

• looking at another examinee’s test booklet or answer document

• giving or receiving assistance

• looking back at a test on which time has been called

• looking ahead in the test booklet

• using highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, notes, dictionaries, or other aids

• using a prohibited calculator

• using a calculator on any test other than the

Mathematics Test

• sharing a calculator with another examinee

• using any device to share or exchange information at any time during testing or during break (all electronic devices, including cell phones, must be turned off from the time you are admitted to test until you are dismissed after testing concludes)

• attempting to remove test materials, including questions or answers, from the test room by any means

• Not following instructions or abiding by the rules of the test center

• exhibiting confrontational, threatening, or unruly behavior

• creating a disturbance or allowing an alarm or phone to sound in the test room


If you engage in any of these prohibited behaviors, you will be dismissed from the test center and your answer document will not be scored.

If you finish a test before time is called, review your work on that test. Do not return to a previous test and do not work ahead. If you are satisfied with your responses, place your answer document inside your test booklet and close the cover. Sit quietly until your supervisor gives you additional instructions.

You will have a 10- to 15-minute break after the first two tests. Do not leave the building during the break because some buildings have automatic locking doors, and you may be locked out. You must ask permission to leave the room during testing to go to the restroom; you will not be allowed to make up lost time. If you are taking the ACT Plus Writing, you will have time after Test 4 in which to sharpen your pencils.

On certain test dates, ACT administers test questions for developmental purposes. Your responses to these questions do not affect your scores.

At the conclusion of testing, you will be asked to sign a statement and copy a certification in your normal handwriting to verify truthful identification of yourself. You will be required to sit quietly until you are dismissed. After all answer documents and test booklets have been collected and counted, your supervisor will dismiss you.

Special Situations

If, for any reason, you have to leave the test center before completing all your tests, you must decide whether or not you want your answer document scored and inform your supervisor of your decision. If you fail to do so, your answer document will be scored. If you decide after you have completed all your tests that you do not want your answer document scored, tell your supervisor before you leave the test center. You need not give a reason.

Once you break the seal on your multiple-choice test booklet, you cannot request a Test Date Change. If you do not complete all your tests and want to test again, you will have to reregister and pay the basic fee for your test option again. If you want to take the ACT again, you will have to reregister. See or Registering for the ACT. Once you begin filling out your answer document, you cannot request a Test Option Change (i.e., you may not change from ACT plus Writing to the ACT [No Writing] or the reverse, on test day).

You may not receive scores from more than one test taken during a scheduled national or international test date. For example, you may test on Saturday or on an authorized non-Saturday date (e.g., because your religious beliefs prohibit testing on Saturday) or on a rescheduled test date arranged by ACT—but not on more than one of those days.

If you are admitted and allowed to test a second time, we will report only the scores from the first test. The second set of scores will be cancelled without refund.

Test Information Release

On certain national test dates, if you test at a national test center, you may order (for an additional fee) a copy of the test questions, a copy of your answers, a list of correct answers, and scoring instructions. This service is not available for all test dates or for other testing programs

(e.g., International, State). If you want it, check or Registering for the ACT to see which test dates offer this service and register for one of those dates.