The ACT with writing helps students understand what they need to learn next so they can build rigorous high school course plans and identify career areas that align with their interests. The ACT test covers five academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, scientific reasoning, and writing. All Wisconsin high school students will take the ACT with writing® at grade 11. The ACT is an in-person assessment with accommodations and EL support that are available.
Time for administration: 3 hours 55 minutes, including breaks
Required by: Federal/State
For online testing, universal supports are available to all students without requiring approval.
● Answer eliminator (online testing only)
● Sheet of scratch paper (online testing only)
Designated supports are available to any examinee for whom a need has been identified and are
approved by the test accommodations coordinator. Examples of designated supports include, but are
not limited to:
● Testing in a small group or one-to-one
● Food, drink, or access to medication, for examinees with medical needs
● A written copy of the verbal instructions (provided locally)
● Using colored overlays
● Using a magnification device (paper) (non-electronic)
English Learner (EL) Supports
English learner (EL) supports are available only for examinees who are not proficient in English. EL
supports must be authorized by ACT. Examinees with EL supports must use the designated
accommodations test materials. EL supports are limited to:
● Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionary
● Translated written test directions, provided by ACT
● One and one-half time
● Small group testing
Additional supports are available for those students with an IEP, please contact your student’s IEP team.