DHS ACT Program Information
Thank you for taking the time to check the ACT Information Page.
Below is a list of the basic test procedures and regulations you must follow on test day.
If you have any questions, please contact Steve Leete, the site supervisor, at 203-655-3981 (x 2269) or by email at email@example.com
You can also visit www.actstudent.org to look up test dates and deadlines, change your registration, view your scores and more.
ARRIVAL AND CHECK IN PROCEDURES
- Report to your assigned test center by the Reporting Time (8:00 a.m.) listed on your admission ticket.You will not be admitted to test if you are late.
- Bring acceptable identification. You will not be admitted to test without it.
- Testing staff will check your ID and admission ticket, admit you to your test room, direct you to a seat, and provide test materials.
- Do not engage in any prohibited behavior at the test center. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.
- You may use a permitted calculator on the Mathematics Test only. Some models and features are prohibited. You are responsible for knowing if your calculator is permitted and bringing it to the test center.
- A short break is scheduled after the first two tests. You will not be allowed to use cell phones or any electronic devices during the break, and you may not bring food or drinks back to the test room. (If you take the ACT Plus Writing, you will have time before the Writing Test to relax and sharpen your pencils.)
- If you do not complete all your tests for any reason, tell a member of the testing staff whether or not you want your answer document scored before you leave the test center. If you do not, all tests attempted will be scored.
What should I bring to the Test Center?
You should bring your:
- admission ticket,
- proper ID,
- two number 2 pencils (not mechanical)
- an approved calculator.
You may bring snacks and/or drinks, but you may not eat or drink anything in the test rooms.
What identification will I have
to show at the test center?
When you arrive at the test center, you'll be required to show acceptable identification before being admitted to test. The ID you present, including any required signatures, must be original, not a photocopy or reproduction. Only the following forms of identification are acceptable. If it's not on this list, it's not acceptable, and you will not be admitted to test.
Acceptable forms of identification:
- Current (not expired) official photo ID: Must be issued by your school or city/state/federal government (such as driver's license or passport) on which both your name and photo appear.
- Letter of identification issued by your school: Must be on official school letterhead stationery with a raised or inked school seal, individually completed and signed in ink by a school official (who may not be a relative), and include all of the following:
- Your first and last names.
- Your recent, recognizable, individual photo with the school seal or school official's signature in ink overlapping a portion of the photo, OR a full physical description (completed by the school official) including age, gender, approximate height and weight, race, hair color, eye color, and any other distinguishing features (e.g., glasses, mustache).
- You must sign the letter in ink in the presence of the school official.
- High school transcript with photo issued by your school: As described above, it must include a raised or inked school seal, be individually signed in ink by a school official, and include a recent photo with overlapping school seal or official's signature. You must also sign the transcript in ink, as described above. Note: Transcripts are not accepted as ID at international test centers.
- Notarized statement with photo: If you do not have acceptable photo ID or your school cannot provide you with an ID letter, contact a notary public (who must not be a relative). Attach a current photo of yourself to a sworn statement that identifies you by name. You must sign this statement in ink in the presence of the notary public, who must affix the notary seal or stamp overlapping a portion of the photo.
- Recent published individual photo: Recognizable individual photograph of you in a recent (within the last two years) publication, such as a newspaper or school yearbook, with your first and last names in the caption. All but yearbooks will be sent to us for our files. Group photos are not acceptable. The publication must be original, not a photocopy or reproduction. Note: This form of identification is NOT accepted at international test centers.
Note: If you present a school letter, transcript, or notarized statement, you must sign it again in the presence of test center staff on test day. They will send it to us for our files and we will keep it.
The following are examples of unacceptable identification:
- ACT admission ticket
- Birth certificate
- Charge, bank, check cashing, or credit cards with or without photo
- ChildFind ID card
- Fishing or hunting license
- Graduation picture or family portrait
- ID issued by an employer
- Learner's driving permit, temporary or replacement driver's license, if it doesn't include a photo
- Organization membership card
- Passport or other photo so old that the person presenting it cannot be identified
- Phone calls to the test center to identify the examinee
- Photo ID issued by a business for promotional purposes (e.g., amusement parks)
- Photo ID of parents
- Photo with student's name embossed or printed on the photo by a photographer
- Police report of a stolen purse or wallet
- Report card or diploma
- Social Security card
- Traffic ticket, even with a physical description and signature
- Web page with photo
How many questions are there? How long will the test take?
||Number of Questions
|| 75 questions
|| 1 prompt
Testing begins after all examinees present by 8:00 a.m. are checked in and seated.
A short break is scheduled after the first two tests.
For students taking the ACT Plus Writing, a brief break is also scheduled before the Writing Test. Students taking the ACT (No Writing) in standard time rooms are normally dismissed by 12:30 p.m.; students taking the ACT Plus Writing are normally dismissed by 1:15 p.m.
For more information about what to expect on test day, see test day procedures on the ACT website.
NOTE TO PARENTS:
- You may not enter the parts of the building used for testing.
- All students will be dismissed and sent downstairs to exit the building.
- You must wait for them on the ground floor or outside.
Prohibited Behavior at the Test Center
Please remember: test center security is our first concern.
We reserve the right to remove anyone who cannot follow these rules.
You will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored if you are found:
- Filling in or altering ovals on a test or continuing to write the essay after time has been called on that test
- Looking back at a test on which time has already been called
- Looking ahead in the test booklet
- Looking at another examinee's test booklet or answer document
- Giving or receiving assistance
- Using a prohibited calculator
- Using a calculator on any test other than the Mathematics Test
- Sharing a calculator with another examinee
- Using any device to share or exchange information at any time during the tests or during breaks (all electronic devices, including cell phones, must be turned off from the time you are admitted to test until you are dismissed after testing concludes)
- Attempting to remove test materials, including test questions or answers, from the test room by any means
- Using highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, scratch paper, notes, dictionaries, or other aids
- Not following instructions or abiding by the rules of the test center
- Exhibiting confrontational, threatening, or unruly behavior
- Creating a disturbance or allowing an alarm or phone to sound in the test room