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Big changes for ACT Test

August 30, 2012

This fall, ACT is introducing new policies designed to enhance test security. These changes will impact all students taking the ACT. Information for registration can be found at

There will be new identification (ID) requirements at registration. Students will upload a photo and provide gender when they register.

Photo ID will be required to check in on the test day and only certain forms will be accepted such as government issued photo ID’s (driver’s license), school ID card with photo, school ID letter with photo, or notarized statement with photo. Personal recognition of students by testing staff, published photos (yearbook pictures), and transcripts (even with photo) will no longer be accepted.

The admission requirements for taking ACT test will be stringent. Students MUST bring BOTH and acceptable photo ID and a copy of their ticket. The ticket presented by the student must be for that test center and for the current test date. Students not listed on the roster will not be admitted.

There will be a simplified standby process. Students who miss the late registration deadline will be required to request standby testing ONLINE in advance of test day AND must print a standby ticket. Students who want to make a Test Center or Test Date Change after the late registration deadline will be required to request the change ONLINE in advance of the test day AND print a standby ticket. There will be no more walk-ins on test day nor registration packets accepted on test days.

For general information about these changes, please visit the website: or send questions to


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