What is the ACT Assessment?
The ACT (formerly American College Testing) Assessment is a standardized test designed to assess the level of knowledge high school students attained in their four years of schooling and tests their ability to handle college-level work. Virtually all U.S. colleges and universities accept the ACT Assessment as part of the college admission requirement.
Four subject areas are covered: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.
The three and a half-hour test covers 215 multiple-choice questions. Seventy-five questions are asked for English, 60 for Math, 40 for Reading, and 40 for Science.
For further information about online registration, visit www.actstudent.org
How to Register
Online registration is not offered to CNMI students. If you are interested in taking the ACT Assessment, you must contact the Testing Coordinator. You may also visit the Career Center (Building I) at NMC Saipan Campus anytime from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to pick up a Registration Packet and sign up to take the test.
On the day of the test, you must already have your registration form filled out and have your payment with you. Standby testing is NOT allowed. Only registrants with completed registration forms and payment will be allowed to take the test.
The 2008-2009 fee for CNMI testers is $47.00 ($28 basic fee plus $19 surcharge
for testing outside the 50 United States). NO CASH PLEASE!
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT:
Money Order or Personal Check payable to ACT REGISTRATION in the amount of $47.00.
What to bring to the test center
- Valid Photo ID (Passport if not a US citizen, driver's license)
- Completed registration packet
- Test fee
- Names of the schools to which you would like to send your ACT scores
- Calculator (optional)
- Two #2 or HB pencils
Important Test Center Information
- Test Center Name: Northern Marianas College
- Test Center Number: 867470
Tests are administered in Building A or D. Signs are posted on the day of the test.
For more detailed information on the ACT Assessment, visit
their official website
Services for Students with Disabilities
If you have a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may request for one of the following options:
- STANDARD TIME NATIONAL TESTING WITH ACCOMODATIONS
Extra testing time is NOT allowed for this option. Examples of accommodations
with this option include, but is not limited to the following: assignment
to a wheelchair accessible room, large-type test booklet, marking answers
in the test booklet, seating near the front of the room to lip-read spoken
instructions with visual notification of test start, time remaining, and stop
- EXTENDED TIME NATIONAL TESTING
Examinees are given up to 5 hours to complete the test. They are assigned to separate rooms of 10 or fewer examinees and must pace themselves through each test in order to complete all four tests within the time allowed.
To sign up for Standard Time with Accommodations or Extended Time National
Testing, complete a registration folder AND the 2005-2006 Application for ACT
Assessment Extended Time National Testing. To download a PDF copy of the form,
- NON-NATIONAL SPECIAL TESTING WITH EXTENDED TIME (ALTERNATE TEST FORMATS AVAILABLE)
This option is available only if the student's professionally diagnosed and documented disability requires:
MORE than time-and-one-half testing time or
testing over multiple days or
other test formats such as braille, audio cassette, or a reader.
Do NOT complete a national registration folder for this option.
Requests for special testing must be received at ACT a MINIMUM OF FOUR WEEKS prior to your proposed test date (six weeks preferred).
To sign up for the Non-National Special Testing with Extended Time, have
your high school counselor complete the Request Form for Act Assessment
Special Testing. PDF copy of the form available here.
Guidelines For Documentation
Documentation must be written by the diagnosing professional and meet ALL of these guidelines:
- States the specific disability as diagnosed
- Is current
- Describes the presenting problem (s) and developmental history, including relevant educational and medical history
- Describes the comprehensive assessments (neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluations), including evaluation dates, used to arrive at the diagnosis:
For LEARNING DISABILITIES, must provide test results (including subtests), with standard scores and percentiles, from:
- an aptitude assessment using a complete, valid, and comprehensive battery
- a complete achievement battery
- an assessment of information processing
- evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out
For ADD/ADHD, must include:
- an evidence of early impairment
- evidence of current impairment, including presenting problem and diagnosis interview
- evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out
- results from valid, standardized, age-appropriate assessments
- number of applicable DSM-IV criteria and how they impair the individual
For visual, hearing, psychological, emotional, or physical disorders, must provide detailed results from complete ocular, audiologic, or other appropriate diagnostic examination.
Describes the functional limitations or impairment (e.g., adverse effect on learning and academic achievement) resulting from the disability, as supported by the test results
Describes specific recommended accommodations and provides a rationale
explaining how these specific accommodations address the functional limitations
Establishes the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about licensure or certification, education, and area of specialization
Complete details about ACT's policies for documentation of requests for
testing accommodations are available on ACT's
How to Contact ACT (for Testing with Disabilities)
ACT REGISTRATION EXTENDED TIME NATIONAL
1020 William Street
PO BOX 4068
Iowa City, IA 52243-4068
Phone: 319/337-1851 (Extended-time questions)
319/337-1270 (To order materials)
Please call between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central time, Monday to Friday.
ACT SPECIAL TESTING
2255 North Dubuque Road
PO BOX 4028
Iowa City, IA 52243-4028
Phone: 319/337-1332 (voice)
Please call between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central time, Monday to Friday.