REGISTERING FOR THE ACT TEST
In this section, we will discuss the steps through which, you can register for the ACT in the easiest possible way by avoiding errors. We will provide a step by step guide for act test registration that will help you to complete the registration successfully. This session is will help you avoid confusion and negate the delay in act test registration.
Online ACT Test Registration
- The easiest way to register for the ACT is to do it online at www.actstudent.org
- Before you can register, you will need to create a free ACT Web account.
- This account also allows you to change your test option, ACT test date or test centre. Along with that you are allowed to change or delete your college choices.
- You can also receive e-mail updates from ACT regarding your registration, view your scores free of cost and request and pay for score reports to additional colleges after the test.
- At the time of registration, students may designate up to six score recipients. But, if you register by mail, you can select up to four recipient institutions.
- You must note that four recipient institutions are included in the test fee, and you have to pay additional amount if you wish to add any extra recipient.
- Additions, deletions, and changes may be made up to 12 p.m., central time, on the Thursday, after the regularly scheduled Saturday ACT test date.
- To send reports to more than six colleges, and all reports after the change deadline, students must submit and pay for Additional Score Reports after they test.
- When you register to take the test, you will need to choose your test option, either the ACT (No Writing), or the ACT Plus Writing. However, we recommend that all students taking the ACT take the Writing Test).
- In addition, you will need to choose your ACT test date and test centre location. You also will be required to provide your gender (via ACT website, mobile device, or mail)
- You should also submit a recognizable, head-and-shoulders photo of yourself while registering.
- Your gender and photo will be included on tickets, test centre rosters and score reports, that are sent to students’ high schools.
- Once your registration is completed, you will be prompted to print your Admission Ticket.
- You must bring your Admission Ticket (along with an acceptable photo ID) with you to the test center on test day. It has information you will need to accurately complete your answer document; otherwise, your scores will be delayed.
- Students are required to provide their high school to ACT when they register and score reports will automatically be sent to that high school.
ACT LATE REGISTRATION
Once the regular registration deadline is past, the late registration period begins for students registering for the ACT. The late registration period generally extends for one to two weeks, past the regular registration deadline. Students who miss the regular registration deadline can still register during this period by paying an additional late registration fee. Fee waivers may not be used to pay for the late registration fee.
THE STANDBY TESTING FOR ACT
If you miss out on the late registration period, you still have a chance through The Standby Testing. If you miss the late registration deadline for an ACT test date, you may choose to try to test as a standby on test day.To be considered for standby testing, you must first register for standby testing and then bring a Standby Ticket for the particular test center you chose.Ensure that, have your name on the Standby Roster at that test center.
By requesting for the standby test, you are giving yourself an outside chance of taking the test, as you have already missed the deadlines.
Therefore, you must note the following
- If you bring a ticket for another ACT test date or a different test centre, you will not be admitted.
- Paper registration folders will not be accepted at the test centre.
- Standby requests must be submitted during a limited “Standby Request Period” before the ACT test date.
- You will not be guaranteed a seat or a test booklet, and only standard time and regular print materials are available for standby testing.
- Your standby request is valid only if you fully complete all required materials, including uploading a photo and submitting payment.
- Test centres admit standbys on a first-come, first-admitted basis and only if there are seats, test materials, and staff available after all registered students have been admitted for their test option.
- If you are not admitted to test on the upcoming test day, your standby request will not transfer to any other ACT test date. Instead, ACT will refund the fees paid for your standby request.
THE ACT- FEE WAVIERS
The ACT Fee Waiver Program is designed to assist students in the United States,United States territories, and Puerto Rico, for whom payment of the basic registration Fee could be a barrier to college entrance.
However, students cannot request a fee waiver directly from ACT. Students must contact their counsellor to receive an ACT Fee Waiver.
In order, to be eligible Students must meet all of the following requirements:
- Currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
- Either a United States citizen or testing in the U.S., U.S. territories, or Puerto Rico.
- Meet one or more indicators of economic need listed on the ACT Fee Waiver Form.
Other Facts Associated With the Fee Wavier
- If a student is eligible, he/she may use a maximum of two separate fee waivers total.
- The waiver is used once a student registers, even if he/she does not test on the requested ACT test date.
- It is important to note that to take full advantage of the waiver, students must follow through, and test on their registered ACT test date.
- Fee waivers cover only the basic registration fee for your test option, including upto four college choices.
- Waivers do not cover the late registration fee, ACT test date or test center changes, standby fee, or any other services.
- If you do receive an ACT Fee Waiver Form, follow the “Student Directions” on it for your registration method, but If you register online and register during the late period, or request any additional services, you must enter a credit card to pay those fees before submitting your registration.
GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW AT THE TEST CENTER
- Students should report to their assigned test centre by the time shown on the Admission Ticket, normally 8 a.m.
- Students will not be admitted to test if they are late. Students should be prepared to begin testing after all examinees are seated. A 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 are taking the ACT (No Writing), plan to be dismissed at about 12:15 p.m., and If you take the ACT Plus Writing, you will normally be dismissed about 1:15 p.m.
- Once the seal on your test booklet is broken, you cannot later request a ACT Test Date Change, even if you do not complete testing.
- In addition, students (including those who hope to test on a standby basis) will not be allowed to make any test center, or ACT test date changes the day of the test.
WHAT STUDENTS SHOULD BRING TO THE ACT TEST CENTER?
Your Admission Ticket
Your scores will be delayed, possibly up to eight weeks, if you do not enter the matching information exactly as it appears on your Admission Ticket onto your answer document.
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 and not a photocopy or reproduction. Only certain forms of identification are acceptable. You must note that, Your Admission Ticket is not identification.
You will not be admitted to test without acceptable identification.
You can refer to www.actstudent.org for all ID requirements.
On the test day, the test center staff will match the name and photo on the student’s ticket, the examinee roster, and the student’s photo ID to the examine the authentic identification of the test-taker.
If students do not bring both their ticket and acceptable photo ID on test day, they will not be admitted to test.
Along with the mandatory documents, you need to bring other necessary accessories that will help you during your test. You can carry-
- Sharpened soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers, please make sure that you don’t bring mechanical pencils or ink pens.
- A watch to pace yourself. The supervisor in standard time rooms will announce when five minutes remain on each test.
- A permitted calculator, if you wish to use one on the Mathematics Test. Not all calculators are permitted. For a complete description of prohibited calculators, visit www.actstudent.org.
Students may NOT take any of the following items into the test room:
Books, dictionaries, notes, scratch paper, or other aids; highlighters, colored pens or pencils, or, correction fluid; any electronic device other than a permitted calculator (examples include timer, cell phone, media player, PDA, headphones, camera, iPad); reading material; tobacco in any form.
HOW TO APPROACH THE ACT TEST?
You have prepared well, and spent hours into studies. Suddenly you find yourself in the test centre. What do you do? How would you hold your nerves, and handle the stress?
In this section we will discuss the general guidelines, along with some important tips, that will come handy during your test-
The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in the four areas described, earlier in this section: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.
Each of these tests contains questions that offer either four or five answer choices from which you are to choose the correct, or best, answer. The following suggestions apply to all four tests:
- Pace Yourself
The time limits set for each test gives everyone enough time to finish all the questions. However, the English, Reading, and Science Tests contain a considerable amount of text, so it is important to pace yourself so you do not spend too much time on one passage. Similarly, try not to spend too much time on a specific problem on the Mathematics Test. Go on to other questions and come back if there is time.
- Read Directions for Each Test Carefully
- The English, Reading, and Science Tests ask for the “best” answer. Do not respond as soon as you identify a correct answer.
- Read and consider all the answer choices and choose the answer that best responds to the question.
- The Mathematics Test asks for the “correct” answer. After working out a problem, if your answer is not among the choices provided, reread the question and consider all of the answer choices.
- Read Each Question Carefully—It is important that you understand what each question asks.
- Answer the Easy Questions First—The best strategy for taking the tests is to answer the easy questions and skip the questions you find difficult. After answering all the easy questions, go back and answer the more difficult questions if you have time.
- Use Logic on More Difficult Questions—When you return to the more difficult questions, try to use logic to eliminate incorrect answers to a question. Look at the answer choices, as differences may provide clues as to what the question requires. Eliminate as many incorrect answers as you can, then make an educated guess from the remaining answers.
- Answer Every Question—Your score is based only on the number of questions that you answer correctly, as there is no penalty for guessing.
- Review Your Work—If there is time left after you have answered every question in a test, go back to check your work on that test.
- Be Precise in Marking Your Answer Document—Be sure to properly fill in the correct ovals on your answer document and be sure that the number of the line of ovals on your answer document is the same as the number of the question you are answering. Mark only one response for each question.
- Erase Completely—If you want to change an answer, be sure to use a soft eraser that will not leave smudges and erase the unintended mark completely. Do not cross out answers; you must erase them. And for the Writing Portion:
- Pace Yourself—It is important to pace yourself in the way that best suits your personal writing strategy. Because you have 40 minutes to write your essay, keep in mind that you are unlikely to have time to draft, revise, and recopy your essay.
- Write (or print) Legibly in the Answer Folder
You may write or print your essay, whichever you prefer, but you must do so legibly using a soft lead No. 2 pencil and only on the lined pages in the answer folder. Do not skip lines.
- Make Corrections Clear
If you make corrections by using erasures or cross-outs, do so thoroughly and legibly. You may write corrections or additions neatly between the lines of your essay, but do not write in the margins of the lined pages.