Prohibited behavior on ACT test day

For the safety of students and the security of your test scores, ACT sets rules on prohibited behavior within test centers. Remember on your test day that the following behaviors are prohibited. You may be dismissed and your test may not be scored if you are found:

  • Filling in or altering responses or continuing to write the essay after time has been called on that test section. This means that you cannot make any changes to a test section outside of the designated time for that section, even to fix a stray mark or accidental keystroke.
  • Looking back at a test section on which time has already been called.
  • Looking ahead in the test.
  • Looking at another person’s test or answers.
  • Giving or receiving assistance by any means.
  • Discussing or sharing test content, test form identification numbers, or answers during test administration, during breaks, after the test, or on social media.
  • Using a prohibited calculator.
  • Using a calculator on any test section other than mathematics.
  • Sharing a calculator with another person.
  • Using a watch with recording, internet, communication, or calculator capabilities (e.g., a smart watch or fitness band).
  • Accessing any electronic device other than an approved calculator or watch. All other electronic devices, including cell phones and other wearable devices, must be powered off and stored out of sight from the time you are admitted to test until you leave the test center.
  • Attempting to photograph, copy, or memorize test-related information or remove test materials, including questions or answers, from the test room in any way, including through social media.
  • Using highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, notes, dictionaries, or other aids.
  • Using scratch paper. (If you are taking the ACT online, some use of ACT-provided scratch paper or an ACT-provided white board may be permitted; all such use must be in accordance with ACT policies and procedures.)
  • Not following instructions or abiding by the rules of the test center.
  • Exhibiting confrontational, threatening, or unruly behavior, or violating any laws. If ACT suspects you are engaging in criminal activities, such activities may be reported to law enforcement agencies.
  • Allowing an alarm to sound in the test room or creating any other disturbance.

ACT may restrict the items you bring into the test center. All items brought into the test center, such as hats, purses, backpacks, cell phones, calculators, watches, and other electronic devices, may be searched at the discretion of ACT and its testing staff. Searches may include the use of tools, such as handheld metal detectors, that detect prohibited devices. ACT and its testing staff may confiscate and retain for a reasonable period of time any item suspected of having been used, or capable of being used, in violation of these prohibited behaviors. ACT may also provide such items to and permit searches by third parties in connection with an investigation conducted by ACT or others. ACT and its testing staff shall not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items that you bring to a test center. Your test center may also have additional procedures with which you must comply.

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