ACT International Computer-Based Testing

ACT testing outside the United States is conducted through computer-based testing (CBT) at test centers. This solution provides a personalized and more secure testing experience for examinees. As a gateway to higher education, ACT is relentlessly committed to ensuring a high-quality assessment that provides a level playing field for all students.

Test Dates

During the test center renewal/establishment process, test centers select the test dates they want to be open. Test dates for the current testing year are shown below. Up to two test sessions—morning and afternoon—are available per day, depending on location. If you want to offer an afternoon session, you must also offer a morning session. Based on your selections during the renewal process, ACT will determine your center’s sessions.

 

2021-2022 Test Dates

Friday Test DatesSaturday Test Dates
11 September 2021
12 September 2021
8 October 2021
9 October 2021
10 December 2021
11 December 2021
11 February 202212 February 2022
1 April 20222 April 2022
10 June 202211 June 2022
15 July 202216 July 2022

Administration Policies

Note: The information presented here does not replace requirements provided in the administration manual: The ACT Test Administration Manual for International Computer Based Testing (PDF). As you prepare to administer the ACT, review the COVID-19 International Social Distancing Guidelines (PDF)

Test Center Renewal or Establishment Process

Complete these activities to apply to establish or renew as an ACT International computer-based test center:

Technical Requirements

Information about hardware and software requirements.

Technical Setup
and
Administration Resources

Important details for test center coordinators.

Facility and Seating Requirements

Requirements for a testing location

  • Review the Technical Requirements and Technical Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities (below) with your technical coordinator to ensure these will be fulfilled.
  • Review the Facility and Seating Requirements to check that your site meets these needs.
  • Complete the Test Center Request Form: 
  • Collect signatures from the test coordinator and substitute test coordinator on the form.
  • Submit the form as directed.

Technical Coordinator Responsibilities

The technical coordinator installs and configures testing system software, and helps the test coordinator set up computers for testing. The person in this role must be available on test day to assist and troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise.

He or she is responsible for the tasks listed below:

  • Ensure the site’s computers and infrastructure meet online testing technical requirements.
  • Install software on the proctor cache computer.
  • Help the test coordinator and other staff set up for test day (includes examinee and administrative computers and test rooms).
  • Troubleshoot technical issues that staff or examinees may have on test day.  

For more information about technical setup, see Technical Setup and Administration Resources and Checklists.

Test Coordinator Responsibilities

The test coordinator leads the test-day team to ensure examinees at your center test under the same conditions as examinees at every other center. The test coordinator may serve at only one center and must be on file at ACT. He or she has overall responsibility for coordinating test site operations, including storing materials and setting up test rooms. The test coordinator provides the continuity and administrative uniformity necessary to ensure that the examinees are tested under standardized and secure conditions.

He or she is responsible for the tasks listed below:

  • Prepare Facilities (select & reserve rooms, prepare test rooms). 
  • Assign & Train Staff (select all staff and train).
  • Coordinate Testing Activities (seating arrangements, work with technical coordinator, ensure all testing data is uploaded after completion).
  • Maintain Security
  • Ensure Complete Documentation (verify and return all required documentation after testing).

For a complete list of detailed instructions reference:

 

International Computer-Based Test FAQs

Resources listed below for Test Coordinators:

Contact Info

If you have questions, you may contact us via:

Phone: 319.337.1510

Email: OSUS@act.org