Help yourself be calm and prepared for test day by knowing what you can and cannot bring into the test room with you.
Bring This, Not That
Bring acceptable photo identification. You will not be admitted to test if your ID does not meet ACT requirements. Must be an original, current (valid) ID issued by a city/state/federal government agency or your school. Note: School ID must be in hard plastic card format. Paper or electronic formats are NOT acceptable. Your first and last names must match the ticket. The photo must be clearly recognizable as you.
Bring sharpened, soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens). Do not bring any other writing instruments; 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. (We are this year!)
Bring a watch to pace yourself, but do not bring a watch with an alarm. If your alarm sounds during testing, you’ll be dismissed and your answers will not be scored. No watch? No problem. The supervisor in standard time rooms will announce when you have five minutes remaining on each test and clocks should be in the rooms.
Bring a permitted calculator to be used on the mathematics test only. It is your responsibility to know whether your calculator is permitted. Please refer to the ACT Calculator Policy (PDF). To make it even easier to figure out, you are not required to use a calculator at all.
Don’t bring these into the test room; you can’t use them!
*Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, scratch paper, notes, or other aids
*Highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape
*Any electronic device, other than a permitted calculator (this includes your mobile phone, smart watch, fitness band, media player, iPad, headphones, and camera)
*Tobacco in any form
*Food or beverages, including water (you will be offered a break outside of the test room)
Prohibited devices: ACT reminds you that upon registration, you agreed to the Terms and Conditions: Testing Rules and Policies for the ACT (PDF). In particular, we’d like to bring your attention to the prohibited use of cell phones and electronic devices. The prohibited use of devices is in effect from the time you are admitted to your testing room until you are dismissed at the end of the test, including break times. Specifically:
You may not handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time in the testing room or during break times. This includes smart watches, fitness bands, and any other devices with recording, internet, or communication capabilities. All devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of sight.
If you access your device or if your device activates while in the testing room or during break times, you will be dismissed, your test will not be scored, and your phone or device may be taken away.
Please emphasize to leave cell phone and electronic devices at home, in your car or lockers so there isn’t any temptation to use them and have your tests voided. Also this year for the first time you are doing the writing portion of the ACT so make sure they study and work on this part of the test prior to testing.
A water and snack will be provided at the break and lunch after testing is completed. Thanks so much!!!! 🙂