ACT Testing

American College Test, Inc

ACT Assessment / ACT Assessment Plus Writing

  • October 22, 2022
  • December 10, 2022
  • February 11, 2023
  • April 15, 2023
  • June 10, 2023
  • July 15, 2023

Fees and Services

ACT Prep Guide


ACT (No Writing) - $60.00
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register).

ACT with Writing - $80.00
Includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices (if valid codes are provided when you register). The $16.50 Writing Test fee is refundable, on written request, if you are absent on test day or switch to the ACT (No Writing) before testing begins.


Add to the test fee (except for the Test Center Change):

  • Score reports for 5th and 6th college choices add $15.00 each
    Requested online before the test date; refundable on written request, if you do not test. Find out how much it costs to send your scores after you test.

  • Telephone re-registration add $15.00

  • Late registration fee (U.S. or Canada only) add $35.00
    For registration or test date change submitted during the late period for a national test date.

  • Standby testing add $56.00
    Refunded if you are denied admission to the test center on test day, or if your registration was cancelled due to no photo provided.

  • Test date change add $32.00
    For different date only if absent or unable to test on the original test date or if your registration is cancelled for failure to meet ACT's test security requirements. You will be charged the basic registration fee for the new test date plus the test date change fee. If you request a test date change after the regular deadline for the new date, you will also be charged the late registration fee. Your basic registration fee for the original test date will be refunded.

  • Test center change $35.00
    For the same test date.

  • Viewing scores and score report online FREE

  • Test Information Release (TIR) service add $25.00
    On December, April, and June national test dates at a national test center; refundable if not available.


Before being admitted to test, you are required to present both:

  • Acceptable photo identification

  • Your printed ACT admission or standby ticket with your photo printed on it.

The ID you present, including any required signatures, must be original, not a photocopy or reproduction, and your name must be in English. School ID that is printed (e.g., from a website) or not in a hard card format is not acceptable.

If your appearance has changed and you do not have acceptable photo ID that matches your current appearance, you may use the ACT Student Identification Letter (with current photo). Questions about ID policy should be directed to ACT Student Services.

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 Letter with Photo

    • You MUST present this ACT Student Identification Letter 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 Identification Letter

    • 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 Letter. 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 Letter with Photo.

Unacceptable 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 letter

  • 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

  • Webpage with photo

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:

  • Calculators with built-in or downloaded computer algebra system functionality
    Prohibited calculators in this category include:

    • Texas Instruments:

      • All models numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92

      • TI-Nspire CAS - Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.

    • Hewlett-Packard

      • HP Prime

      • HP 48GII

      • All model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G or HP 50G

    • Casio:

      • fx-CP400 (ClassPad 400)

      • ClassPad 300

      • ClassPad 330

      • Algebra fx 2.0

      • All model numbers that begin with CFX09970G

    • Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs

    • Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices -Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.

    • Calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices.

    • Calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)-Note: Letterkeys not in QWERTY format are permitted.

    The followin types of calculators are permitted, but only after they are modified as noted:

    • Calculators that can hold programs or documents—remove all documents and remove all programs that have computer algebra system functionality.

    • Calculators with paper tape—Remove the tape.

    • Calculators that make noise—Turn off the sound.

    • Calculators with an infrared data port—Completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material such as duct tape or electrician’s tape (includes Hewlett-Packard HP 38G series, HP 39G series, and HP 48G).

    • Calculators that have power cords—Remove all power/electrical cords.

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.

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

February 6, 2021

January 16 - January 29, 2021

April 17, 2021

March 27 - April 9, 2021

June 12, 2021

May 24 - June 4, 2021

July 17, 2021

June 26 - July 9, 2021


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 $55.00.

  • 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.


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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