ACT Test Day Checklist

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2017-2018 ACT Test Dates

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What to Bring (and Not to Bring) on Test Day  

Help yourself be calm and prepared for test day by knowing what you can and cannot bring into the test room with you.  

Bring This, Not That  

  • Bring a printed copy of your ticket to the test center. If you have lost your ticket, you can print another through your ACT web account. If you do not bring your ticket, your scores will be delayed.
  • Bring acceptable photo identification. You will not be admitted to test if your ID does not meet ACT requirements. 
  • Bring sharpened, soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens). Do not bring any other writing instruments; you will not be allowed to use them. If you are registered for the ACT with writing, your essay must also be completed in pencil. 
  • Bring a watch to pace yourself, but do not bring a watch with an alarm. If your alarm sounds during testing, you’ll be dismissed and your answers will not be scored. No watch? No problem. The supervisor in standard time rooms will announce when you have five minutes remaining on each test. 
  • Bring a permitted calculator to 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). To make it even easier to figure out, you are not required to use a calculator at all. 

Don’t bring these into the test room; you can’t use them!  

  • Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, scratch paper, notes, or other aids 
  • Highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape 
  • Any electronic device, other than a permitted calculator (this includes your mobile phone, smart watch, fitness band, media player, iPad, headphones, and camera) 
  • Reading material 
  • Tobacco in any form 
  • Food or beverages, including water (you will be offered a break outside of the test room)  
  • Prohibited devices

Prohibited devices: ACT reminds you that upon registration, you agreed to the Terms and Conditions: Testing Rules and Policies for the ACT (PDF). In particular, we’d like to bring your attention to the prohibited use of cell phones and electronic devices. The prohibited use of devices is in effect from the time you are admitted to your testing room 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 in the testing room 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 in the testing room or during break times, you will be dismissed, your test will not be scored, and your phone or device may be taken away.

Acceptable Forms of Identification  

Only the following forms of identification are acceptable. If it is not on this list, it is not acceptable, and you will not be admitted to test.  

Current official photo ID

Must be an original, current (valid) ID issued by a city/state/federal government agency or your school. Note: 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. 

ACT Student Identification Form with photo  

You MUST present this ACT Student Identification Form (PDF) with photo if you do not have a current official photo ID as described above. It must be completed by a school official or notary public; neither may be a relative. All items must be completed. 

ACT Talent Search Student Identification Form 

If you are participating in an Academic Talent Search program and were not required to submit a photo with your registration you must present your ACT Talent Search Identification form. If you are participating in an Academic Talent Search program and were required to submit a photo when you registered, you must present either a current official photo ID or an ACT Student Identification Form with photo. 

Unacceptable Forms of Identification  

You will not be admitted if you present any forms of ID other than those listed as acceptable. The following are examples of unacceptable identification:  

  • ACT ticket alone 
  • Birth certificate 
  • ChildFind ID card 
  • Credit, charge, bank or check cashing cards, even with photo 
  • Diploma 
  • Family portrait or graduation picture, even if the name is imprinted on the photo 
  • Fishing or hunting license 
  • ID issued by an employer 
  • ID letter that is not an official ACT identification form 
  • Learner's driving permit (if it doesn't include a photo) 
  • Temporary/replacement driver's license (if it doesn't include a photo) 
  • Organization membership card 
  • Passport or other photo ID so old that the person presenting it cannot be identified 
  • Personal recognition by anyone, including members of the test center staff, classmates, parents, counselors, and teachers 
  • Photo ID of parents 
  • Photo with your name embossed or printed on it by a photographer 
  • Photocopies or reproductions 
  • Photos issued by a business for promotional purposes (e.g., amusement parks) 
  • Police report of a stolen wallet or purse 
  • Printed, stamped, or photocopied signatures 
  • Published photo, including yearbook or newspaper 
  • Report card 
  • Social Security card 
  • Telephone calls to counselors, teachers, or school officials 
  • Traffic ticket, even with a physical description and signature 
  • Transcript, even with photo 
  • Web page with photo 

 

It's Go Time

Good sleep? Check. Good breakfast? Check. Review our Test Day Checklist and get ready to test. 

Leaving the House 

  • Dress comfortably. Some test centers are warmer or cooler on weekends than during the week. Consider dressing in layers, so you'll be comfortable no matter what the room conditions are.
  • If you're unsure where your test center is located, do a practice run to see how to get there and what time you'll need to leave to arrive by 8:00 a.m.
  • If you arrive earlier than 7:45 a.m., you might have to wait outside until testing staff complete their arrangements.
  • Bring snacks or drinks to consume outside the test room only during the break.

Arriving at the Test Center

  • Report to your assigned test center by the Reporting Time (usually 8:00 a.m.) listed on your ticket. You will NOT be admitted to test if you are late.
  • Testing staff will check your photo ID and ticket, admit you to your test room, direct you to a seat, and provide test materials.
  • Be ready to begin testing after all examinees present at 8:00 a.m. are checked in and seated.
  • Please note that ACT may visit test centers to conduct enhanced test security procedures including, but not limited to, collecting images of examinees during check-in or other security activities on test day.

During the Test

  • Once you break the seal on your test booklet, you cannot later request a Test Date Change, even if you do not complete all your tests.
  • 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).
  • If your calculator has characters one inch high or larger, or a raised display, testing staff may seat you where no others can see the display.
  • Do not engage in any prohibited behavior at the test center. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored. For more details about prohibited behavior at the test center, please see Terms and Conditions (PDF).  Note: For National and International Testing, you will be asked to sign a statement on the front cover of your test booklet agreeing to this policy. 
  • Also remember that cheating hurts everyone. If you see it, report it. Discussing test content—including on social media—is not permitted.

Taking a Break 

  • 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 in the test room.
  • If you take the ACT with writing, you will have time before the writing test to relax and sharpen your pencils.

Finishing Up 

  • Students taking the ACT (no writing) with standard time are normally dismissed about 12:15 p.m.; students taking the ACT with writing are normally dismissed about 1:15 p.m. 
  • On some test dates, ACT tries out questions to develop future versions of the tests. You may be asked to take a fifth test, the results of which will not be reflected in your reported scores. The fifth test could be multiple-choice or one for which you will create your own answers. Please try your best on these questions, because your participation can help shape the future of the ACT. Testing time will extend by about 20 minutes in rooms that administer the fifth test.
  • If you do not complete all your tests for any reason, tell a member of the testing staff whether or not you want your answer document scored before you leave the test center. If you do not, all tests attempted will be scored.