Making a Request

All requests for accommodations, including appeals, must be submitted by the published late registration deadline for your preferred test date through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. 

Note: Temporary arrangements may be available for situations such as a broken arm. Contact for a copy of request form.

Register to test. Create an account or sign in. Online registration will ask you for your accessibility needs.

You'll receive an email that must be sent to your school official along with a completed Consent to Release Information to ACT (PDF) form. You will need to work with a school official when making your requests.

Your school official will submit your request, with documentation, to ACT.

Follow the three steps below to get started.

Homeschooled or not currently enrolled?

You will need to request an application to complete. Please see Examinees Who Are Homeschooled or Are Not Currently Enrolled for instructions.


What happens after I make a request?

ACT will review the request and email a Decision Notification to your school. Your school official should contact you once they receive the decision notification. Requests are normally processed in 10 to 14 business days.


International vs. Special

Your specific accommodations will be provided to your Test Coordinator. Based on your approved accommodations ACT will place you in either:

International Testing

Some accommodations (eg. one and one-half time) may be administered in test centers. Examinees approved to test through computer-based testing will see an “Accommodations” label on their admission ticket once accommodations are approved by ACT.

Special Testing

If the approved accommodations cannot be provided at a computer-based test site (eg. Multiple-day testing) the examinee and the school official must work together to make arrangements for testing within the applicable special testing window. If the examinee’s school is unable to administer Special testing examinees may find a willing school and work with ACT to request testing at this location.

Examinees approved to test via Special Testing will see a “Special Testing” label on their admission ticket once accommodations are approved. Examinees will still need to continue to make arrangements with the school official to test.


Special Testing Windows

Special testing is available during the designated two-week testing windows below.

2020-2021 International Special Testing Window

Test DateTesting Window
16-17 July 202116 July - 2 August 

2021-2022 International Special Testing Window

Test DateTesting Window
10-11 September 202110 September – 26 September
8-9 October 20218 October – 24 October
10-11 December 202110 December – 26 December
11-12 February 202211 February – 27 February
1-2 April 20221 April – 17 April
10-11 June 202210 June – 26 June
15-16 July 202215 July – 31 July


Forms and Resources

File Name and LinkDescription
Consent to Release Information to ACT Form (PDF)Must be printed, signed by parent or legal guardian, or examinee if over age 18, and filed at the school.
Center-Based vs. Special (PDF)Download this infographic for a quick reference as to which type of accommodations to select.
Preparing for the ACT Test - Special Testing (PDF)
Learning resource for examinees taking the ACT through Special testing.
Accommodations Checklist for Non-US Examinees (PDF)Quick visual reference for the steps to request accommodations.

Your Privacy

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 examinee’s accommodation-related documents and information are the subject of a subpoena or other court order, or an enforceable request from a government entity. 



Contact Us

If you have a more specific question, please use the Contact Form.

Still have questions?

Call to speak with an ACT representative at (319) 337-1332

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT-6)

Call wait times may vary.