ACT Testing

American College Test, Inc

Testing Calendar for 2014-2015
ACT Assessment / ACT Assessment Plus Writing

  • September 13, 2014
  • October 25, 2014
  • December 13, 2014
  • February 7, 2014
  • April 18, 2015
  • June 13, 2015


ACT Assessment: $36.50
ACT Assessment Plus Writing: $52.50

Identification Requirements

Current (not-expired) official photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport, school ID) must be presented at check-in or you will not be permitted to test. The identification must be issued by a school or city/state/federal government agency; AND show your first and last name; AND the photograph must be clearly recognizable.  Furthermore, the name on the identification must be the same as the name on the roster and admission ticket.  The Admission ticket alone is not acceptable ID.  The ID provided must be original, not a photocopy or reproduction. If you have questions concerning ACT identification requirements, call ACT Test Administration several days before the test date at 319-337-1510.

Important Information

  • Approved calculators may be used during the Mathematics Test but they must be turned off and put away when you are not working on that test.
  • You are not permitted to use or access the following items at any time while in the test room:
    1. Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, scratch paper, notes or other aids.
    2. Highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, correction fluid/tape.
    3. Communication devices (including cell phones)
    4. Computers (including handhelds)
    5. Recording devices (including cameras, scanners, tape recorders)
    6. Media devices (including games, music video, headphones)
    7. Reading material (including books, magazines)
    8. Mechanical pencils
    9. Tobacco in any form
    10. Timers, or any other electronic devices
  • You can pick up information about the ACT by visiting Testing Services at SFA in the Rusk Building, Third Floor, or by calling 936-468-3958
  • “Standby Testing” – If you miss the late registration deadline but have a pressing need to test on the upcoming test day, you can try to test as a “standby” examinee. Follow the “standby” instructions found on the ACT website at or telephone ACT at 319-337-1270.
  • Food, gum, candy, tobacco products, or drink (including water) is not permitted in the testing room.

Prohibited Calculators
The following types of calculators are prohibited:

  • Texas Instruments: All models numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92, and the TI-Nspire CAS
  • Hewlett-Packard: hp 48GII and all model numbers that begin with hp 40G, 49G and 50G
  • Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300 and Class Pad 330, and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G
  • Calculators with built-in computer algebra systems
  • Pocket organizers
  • Handheld or laptop computers
  • Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices --The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
  • Calculators built into cellular phones or other electronic communication devices.
  • Calculators with a typewriter keypad (keys in QWERTY format)---Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted. For a complete list of prohibited features and calculators, visit

Standby Testing

If you miss the late deadline to register for a test date, or to request a test date or test center change, you may choose to sign in to your ACT account to request and pay for standby testing.

To be considered for admission to the test center, you must bring your Standby Ticket for that center and have your name on the Standby Roster at that test center. If you bring a ticket for another test date or a different test center, you will not be admitted. In addition, paper registration folders will not be accepted at the test center.

Standby requests must be submitted during a limited “Standby Request Period” before the test date. Requests cannot be accepted after the last date listed for each test date below.

Test Date

Standby Request Period

September 21, 2013

September 7 - September 13, 2013

October 26, 2013

October 12 - October 18, 2013

December 14, 2013

November 23 - December 6, 2013

February 8, 2014

January 25 - January 31, 2014

April 12, 2014

March 22 - April 4, 2014

June 14, 2014

May 24 - June 6, 2014


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.

  • Standby testing costs $43.00 plus the fee for your test option ($78.00 total for the ACT No Writing or $93.50 total for the ACT Plus Writing plus $30.00 international surcharge if it applies).

  • Your standby request is valid only if you fully complete all required information online (including uploading a photo if required for your test date) and submit payment.

  • If you fail to provide a photo by the stated deadline for your requested test date, your registration will be cancelled and you will not be allowed to test. Your standby request will not transfer to any other test date. Instead, ACT will refund the fees paid for your standby request.

  • You must print a copy of your Standby Ticket and take it with you to the test center on test day.

  • 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.

  • If you do not take a copy of your Standby Ticket and acceptable photo identification to the test center with you on test day, you will not be admitted to take the test.

  • If you are not admitted to test on the upcoming test day, your standby request will not transfer to any other test date. Instead, ACT will refund the fees paid for your standby request.

  • If you submit and pay for a standby request in order to change your test date or test center, your previous test date and test center assignment will be cancelled immediately, and the basic fee paid for your previous order will be refunded.

Testing for Students with Disabilities

If you currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support a request for one of the following:

  • Center Testing #1:  Standard Time with Accommodations
  • Center Testing #2:  Extended Time (50% time extension)
  • Special Testing:  Testing at school with extended time (more than 50% time extension) and alternate formats available (not at a test center).

Read the Registering for the ACT bulletin or check “Students with Disabilites” at to determine which form of testing you should request.  Because advance arrangements are require, students requiring accommodations cannot test as standbys.

Contact ACT Special Circumstances at 319/337-1851for additional information. Find more information about the ACT at

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