ACT: What to Expect on Test Day

What to bring:

  • A printed copy of your ticket to the test center. (You will not be admitted to test if you do not have a printed copy of your ticket.)
  • Acceptable photo ID: Driver’s License or School ID (no photo copies)
  • No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens).
  • Do not bring any other writing instruments, eg. highlighters; you will not be allowed to use them. If you are registered for the ACT with writing, your essay must also be completed in pencil.
  • A watch (do not bring one with an alarm. If your alarm sounds during testing, you’ll be dismissed and your answers will not be scored.)
  • An approved calculator (no TI-89 or 92)
  • Extra batteries and/or backup calculator — you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. They cannot be on your desk during the test.
  • A bag or backpack
  • Snacks and Drinks (for your break; cannot take into the room)
  • Recommended: sweater or sweatshirt


 Arriving at the test center

  • Plan to arrive at 7:50am (If you arrive earlier than 7:45 a.m, you might have to wait outside until testing staff complete their arrangements.)
    • Report to your assigned test center by the Reporting Time listed on your ticket (usually 8:00 a.m.). You will NOT be admitted to test if you are late. 
  • Testing staff will check your photo ID and ticket, admit you to your test room, direct you to a seat, and provide test materials.



 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 eat or drink anything in the test room. (If you take the ACT with writing, you will have time before the writing test to relax and sharpen your pencils.

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