How to Request ACT Accommodations the Easy Way

Request Testing Accommodations How to Request ACT Accommodations the Easy Way

Request ACT Accommodations the Easy Way

Most universities and colleges in the US require applicants to submit their applications accompanied by their standardized test scores. Sure, test-optional institutions exist, but they may also require the ACT or SAT for academic advising, athletic recruiting, and merit scholarships.

Unfortunately, these tests can prove a challenging obstacle for college admissions, especially for students with disabilities or other learning challenges. The ACT, in particular, is renowned for its dense material and strict time limits that see some test-takers have difficulty getting through it.

Thank goodness ACT testing accommodations do exist. Eligible candidates can now tackle the ACT under special conditions – audio/visual assists, testing over several days, or extended time. Read on to explore more about ACT testing accommodations and how DoNotPay can help you request them.

What Are ACT Testing Accommodations?

Generally, the college admissions process employs two standardized tests, the ACT and the SAT. While the two may differ significantly, they share one aspect in common – timing constraints. In fact, it's for that reason that both tests are sometimes referred to as "marathons."

To get better insight, here's what an average ACT test-taker must go through in less than four hours:

Math60 mins60 questions
Science35 mins40 questions
English45 mins75 questions
Reading35 mins40 questions
Essay (Optional)40 minutes1 question

Pretty intense, right? Well, it's even worse for students with disabilities or other learning challenges, as they may struggle to beat the allotted time. Also, the ACT's traditional pencil and paper setting can prove problematic for some students with special needs.

As a result, ACT testing accommodations are established – to ensure eligible test-takers aren't underprivileged when doing the test.

Types of ACT Testing Accommodations Offered

As stated on ACT's website, eligible test-takers will receive testing accommodations "based on the examinee's needs and diagnosis." Essentially, these accommodations fall under two sorts: National Testing Accommodations and Special Testing Accommodations.

National Testing Accommodations

ACT national testing accommodations are provided on standard, national test days at a designated test center.

They are as follows:

  • 50% Additional Time

Students sitting for the ACT may earn an additional half the allotted time on the test. For instance, an ACT Math section, usually tested at 60 mins, will now be allotted 90 minutes with this accommodation.

  • In-center Testing Accommodations

These include wheelchair accessibility, assistance marking answers in the booklet, special seating, large-print testing materials, and a sign language professional to help interpret test instructions.

  • English Learner Support

ACT test-takers who lack proficiency in English can appeal for ACT's English Learner Support. It includes:

  • A word-to-word bilingual dictionary (No definitions)
  • Extended time (not exceeding 50%)
  • Test guidelines in the test taker's native language
  • Testing in a small group or rather in a familiar environment

Special Testing Accommodations

Unlike national testing accommodations, ACT special testing accommodations are neither offered on standard test days nor at standard testing centers. Instead, test-takers eligible for these accommodations sit for their ACTs at specified locations and on specially selected days.

They include:

  1. Testing over several days
  2. Additional time for their ACT essay
  3. Alternative test formats (read out loud, braille, audio)
  4. Scribe or computer use for their ACT essay
  5. Extra time exceeding 50% (often double the time)

Requesting ACT Testing Accommodations on Your Own

When looking to request ACT testing accommodations, the student's family needs to collaborate with the school's personnel as the process can be strenuous. It's the most convenient approach, especially if the school already provides accommodations to the student.

Follow these steps to request ACT testing accommodations:

  1. Register for the ACT through ACT's website. Remember to state your preferred test center and the kind of accommodation you require for the ACT.
  2. After registration, ACT, Inc. will send you an email. The email will provide guidelines on collaborating with your school to request ACT testing accommodations. Forward the email accompanied by a filled-out Consent to Release Information to ACT form to the school official.
  3. Your school personnel will submit your accommodation request to ACT, Inc. ACT will decide within two weeks of the request submission and notify your school official. They will then reach out to you about the results and guide you on what to do next.

Requesting ACT Testing Accommodations With DoNotPay

Again, requesting ACT testing accommodations by yourself can prove tricky. But with just three straightforward steps, DoNotPay can make the process nothing but a breeze.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Search for testing accommodations on DoNotPay. 
  2. Start our Request My Testing Accommodation product by telling us which test you intend to take. 
  3. Answer some questions about your specific disability and testing plans. 

And that's it! DoNotPay will generate a letter to ACT, helping you request testing accommodations with respect to relevant disability laws and, most importantly, ACT's internal policies. Expect them to respond soon!

To get accommodations for LSAT and MCAT, you need to do the same 3 steps. If you need testing accommodations for a student with ADHD, DoNotPay can also help.

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