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ACT Extended Time Policy Update

 In Accommodations, ACT

For the second time in two years, the ACT has updated its extended time accommodations policy. We wrote about the most recent update which went into effect with the September 2018 test. Here is a summary of those changes.

ACT Extended Time Policy (effective September 2018):

  • Students will receive 50 percent extended time for each section of the ACT, with a hard stop after each section.
  • All extended time test-takers must start and finish each section at the same time. This means that, if examinees finish a section before time is called, they must wait quietly for the time to run out before continuing on to the next section, even if they are ready to continue. In the ACT’s FAQ released May 2018, the testmakers announced that “if all examinees in the room are finished, then the group of examinees can move to the next test.”
  • The writing test (aka “ACT essay”) is the least affected by this change because students were never able to start it without checking in with the proctor. Students with time-and-a-half will continue to receive 60 minutes to complete the ACT essay.
  • For detailed information, check out our post, SAT & ACT Accommodations: An Overview with Resources, or visit ACT Accommodations.

ACT Accommodations Eligibility

We encourage students and families to work with their school counselors in this process to determine their eligibility, gather the proper documentation, submit the application, (and appeal the decision if denied). Applications are submitted by the designated school official online through the ACT’s Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA). Students must register for a test date before their accommodations application will be considered. The deadline for submitting the request is about 6 weeks prior to the test date, but the earlier that you can apply the better.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance. Please note that Summit offers free, proctored practice ACT test with Extended Time so that students with accommodations can experience the test in a realistic environment before the actual test day.

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