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ACT Standby Testing - What it is and how it works

Did your child miss the regular and late registration deadlines for the ACT? If so, he or she can attempt ACT standby testing. Here's what you need to know about what standby testing is and how it works.

  • There is a $53 fee to test as a standby (in addition to the basic registration fee).
  • Test centers admit standbys on a first-come, first-served basis and only if there are seats, materials, and staff available after all registered students have been admitted.
  • A student could be turned away; there are no guaranteed seats or test booklets.
  • To test as a standby, a student must bring his or her Standby Ticket plus acceptable photo identification. All information must be entered online at the time of Standby Registration in order for the standy request to be considered valid. This includes uploading a student photo and submitting payment information.

For more information about ACT standby testing, visit the ACT website.


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