Be ACT Ready

The ACT test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted by universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning. By visiting www.act.org you can view rescheduled test centers, prepare for the ACT, and register for the ACT. The next test date is February 10, 2018. Scores will be first available February 21, 2018.

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). 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.

Missed Your Test Date? 

Once you have submitted your registration to ACT, by any method, it cannot be canceled. For more information see Registration Changes.

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