How Do I Sign Up for the ACT?
Online registration is the fastest method. You will know immediately if your preferred test center has space for you to test, and you also can print your admission ticket from the website. How you sign up depends on where and how you plan to test: please see below for how to register.
- If you plan to test at a national or international test center, sign up online by creating or logging in to your ACT Web account
- If you are requesting extended time or other accommodations for the first time, sign up online by creating or logging in to your ACT Web account or register by mail in addition to completing the application request and submitting required documentation.
- If you missed the late registration deadline, you can request standby testing online.
- If you are homebound or confined, cannot find a test center within 75 miles of your home (U.S. and Canada) or in your country (other locations), or you need a non-Saturday test center and one is not established within 75 miles of your home (or in your country if outside the U.S. or Canada), on all test dates, check the requirements for Arranged Testing
Also check the detailed list of current ACT Fees and Services.
The ACT National Test Dates in the U.S., U.S. Territories, and Canada
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 10, 2016||August 5, 2016||August 6–19, 2016|
|October 22, 2016||September 16, 2016||September 17–30, 2016|
|December 10, 2016||November 4, 2016||November 5–18, 2016|
|February 11, 2017*||January 13, 2017||January 14-20, 2017|
|April 8, 2017||March 3, 2017||March 4-17, 2017|
|June 10, 2017**||May 5, 2017||May 6-19, 2017|
*No test centers are scheduled in New York for the February test date.
For information on ACT Fees:
ACT Services for Examinees with Disabilities
ACT is committed to serving examinees with documented disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the examinee’s diagnosis and needs. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant’s disability and the process for requesting accommodations. For details, see ACT Policy for Documentation to Support Requests for Test Accommodations on the ACT.
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:
- National Standard Time with Accommodations
- National Extended Time (50% time extension): Approved examinees taking the ACT (No Writing) have up to 5 hours total to work on all four multiple-choice tests at their own pace. Approved examinees taking the ACT Plus Writing have up to 5 hours and 45 minutes to complete all five tests. Both options include time for breaks between tests.
- Special Testing (at school): Testing at school with extended time (more than 50% time extension) and alternate formats available—not as part of national or international testing at a test center.
The basic fees for all forms of testing are the same. Read the information about each to determine which one to choose and follow that application or request process carefully. Refer to the comparison chart to review the requirements and features of National Extended Time and Special Testing (at school) to decide which is most appropriate for you.
If you have already been approved for National Extended Time, you may request a test date change or register to take the test again.
ACT will treat all information you provide to support your request as confidential and will use it solely to determine your eligibility for accommodations. Details about your test accommodations will be shared only with the testing staff and will not be released to anyone else, including your chosen score report recipients. The only exceptions are for those instances in which an applicant’s accommodation-related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity.
The ACT and ACT Plus Writing are offered only in English. Accommodations (including extended time) are not available solely on the basis of limited English proficiency.
For students diagnosed with ADHD
Reaching college is a major accomplishment. It also brings with it new challenges, and new stresses. The National Research Center on ADHD recommends that college-bound students with this condition contact the Student Disability Support Office at their college of choice to find out if they can offer the necessary support for students with learning disabilities. Students should assure themselves that their college of attendance can offer:
- Disability services that specialize in students with ADHD
- Faculty and staff that are aware of the problems and needs of ADHD students
- Support groups for students with ADHD and other learning disabilities
- Mentoring programs for students with learning difficulties
- Curriculum flexibility appropriate for students with ADHD
ACT on ADHD
Services for Examinees with Disabilities: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/
The ACT®Policy for Documentation
The below link will lead you to the ACT® Policy for Documentation, which contains information individual examinees, professional diagnosticians, and qualified officials at educational programs/schools need in order to provide appropriate documentation to support requests for accommodations on The ACT test http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/ACT-Policy-for-Documentation.pdf
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
The applicant must provide diagnostic results from an evaluation by a qualified professional. Documentation must address the following:
- Original diagnosis (e.g. date/age/grade, diagnosing professional, symptoms/impairment, course of treatment, and educational/behavioral/social interventions);
- Evidence of childhood onset before age 12 (symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity demonstrated in two or more settings);
- Evidence of current impairment, including:
A statement of presenting problems (e.g. academic failure or significant struggle, poor social/familial functioning, relationships, behavioral problems);
- A diagnostic interview.
- A ruling out of alternative diagnoses and explanations;
- Relevant testing using reliable, valid, standardized, and age-appropriate assessments to determine functional limitation (e.g. intellectual, achievement, neuropsychological, and rating scale measures from multiple sources);
- Number of applicable DSM-IV or DSM-5 criteria and description of how the criteria impair the examinee (e.g. measurable impairment in academic achievement, social functioning, sports, extracurricular activities, employment, clubs, daily adaptive functioning, and/or executive functioning. Failure to finish timed tests cannot be used in isolation to demonstrate impairment); and
- Specific ADHD diagnosis (ADHD-Predominantly inattentive, ADHD-
Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive; ADHD-Combined; ADHD-NOS or Unspecified).
Requesting Accommodations for State and District Testing
Procedures for requesting accommodations on The ACT for State and District testing, and the review and implementation process is provided to school officials who are responsible for submitting requests on behalf of the examinees at their school. The information is located on each testing program’s website. The url to the website is found at the top of the Checklist of Dates provided to school officials by ACT.
College Planning Handbook for Students with Disabilities
This handbook guides students with disabilities through some important steps and considerations to help them prepare for college. It covers issues such as self-advocacy and a student’s legal rights and responsibilities. This link opens a PDF document.
Scholarships for ADHD Students
While scholarships and grants for college-bound students with learning disabilities may not be as high profile as other financial aid programs, there are still a number of valuable sources of funding for students with ADHD. These scholarship programs are supported by charitable foundations, private associations, corporations, and a variety of colleges and universities. Students looking for ADHD specific scholarships will also want to widen their search to include general scholarships for all students with learning disabilities.
The following examples will give college-bound students with ADHD an idea of the scholarship possibilities that are available to them.
- Disabled Person, Inc. sponsors an annual National Scholarship Competition for students with disabilities. Applicants must write a 1000 word essay on a given topic. The scholarship award amount is $1000 for the winning applicant.
- The Anne Ford Scholarship is supported by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. The $10,000 scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with a documented learning disability. Students must be enrolled full time in a bachelor degree program at an accredited college or university. The scholarship is disbursed in four annual installments of $2500.
- The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is also supported by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. This one time award of $2500 is open to students with learning disabilities who are enrolled in a 2 year community college, vocational school or technical training program.
- The Incight Scholarship is a $500 renewable award for students with a documented learning disability. Incight also administers the Scrubs Gallery Scholarship for nursing students with learning disabilities.
- The Novotni Scholarship Fund is administered by the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Applicants must have been diagnosed with ADHD by a licensed physician or mental health professional. The annual awards range from $1000 to $5000. Applicants must submit two letters of reference, and may reapply for the scholarship each year they are enrolled in college.
- The Moulton-Farnsworth Scholarship provides two annual $1000 awards to college-bound students with documented ADHD.
- The Shire ADHD Scholarship Program is administered in cooperation with the Edge Foundation. 50 graduating seniors with documented ADHD receive $2000 scholarships to help them pursue their higher education at either a community college, university or vocational school. Scholarship recipients also receive a full year of counseling and coaching services from the Edge Foundation to help with the transition into college.
These are only a few of the many national programs dedicated to helping students with ADHD and other learning disabilities achieve their goal of a college education. Many more programs are available at local levels, and students with ADHD are encouraged to consult the financial aid department at their college of choice to learn about programs that may be sponsored by regional support groups, local philanthropists or the university itself. There are many financial aid programs dedicated to helping students with all types of learning disabilities to make their dream of a college education a reality. With time and diligence, students with ADHD can find the funding they need to help pay for college.
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