What to Bring and What Not to Bring to the ACT Test?

It is necessary to follow the rules and regulations of the ACT test and this article guides you with a list of what you can bring and what not to the ACT test room.

Updated by Smriti Singh on 19th October 2020

ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions. All U.S. colleges and universities accept either the SAT or ACT when an admissions test is required.  The ACT includes five sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing (optional).

It takes 2 hours and 55 minutes without the essay & 3 hours and 35 minutes with the essay. The ACT measures the readiness of a high school student for college and university. A good ACT score can be beneficial for your college application while applying for the universities.

The essentials you must bring to the ACT test are a printed admission ticket, a sharp pencil, and an eraser, a photo for identification and an AC approved calculator.

The most important thing that you must do on the day of the ACT exam is that when you wake up in the morning, meditate and calm yourself down. Have positive thinking at the start of your day. Have a nice bath and a warm breakfast. Do not eat anything unhealthy and make sure you drink enough water and have well-balanced food.

What To Carry to the ACT test? 

Here are a few things you should keep in mind while going for the ACT test,

1. A Printed Copy of Your Admission Ticket

 You can log in to your account on the ACT website where you registered and print out your admission ticket. The paper copy of this document is only allowed on the ACT test day. Pictures or images of this ticket on your mobile phone or other electronic devices will not be accepted.

2. A Valid Photo ID

The full name and the photo on your ID should match what is on your ACT registration. The valid IDs you can use on the ACT test day are

  • Your current school ID

  • Your driving license

  • Your passport

3. At least two pieces and a good quality eraser

Always make sure to have a spare pencil in case the one you are using breaks. Pens, mechanical pencils, liquid paper, highlighters, and other various writing accessories are not acceptable, even for the ACT essay test.

4. An Approved Calculator

There are particular limits. The ACT allows 4-function, graphing and scientific calculators for the test. Be aware of the restrictions and uses of the calculator in the ACT.

5. A Noiseless Watch with No Audible Alarms

It comes in handy because you will need to keep track of the time when taking the different sections of the test.  Don’t forget about the time limit for each of the parts in the ACT. There is a need to be aware of the time when you take the ACT test.

6. Snacks and Water

 You can bring snacks but consume them only during the break time outside the exam hall. You can also carry a water bottle with yourself. You can take a sip of it if you are thirsty.

Things you must not bring inside the ACT test room

There are certain things that are prohibited inside any test center. The ACT test is no exception. Following are the things that you are not supposed to carry inside the ACT test room,

  1. Preparation guides, textbooks, foreign language, or other dictionaries, notes, or any additional reading or study materials are not allowed inside the examination hall.

  2. A mechanical pencil, highlighter pens, colored pens or pencils, or any other pens and pencils are not allowed inside the examination hall.

  3. Alcohol or tobacco in any form is not allowed inside the test room.

Prohibited Devices

Devices that shouldn't be carried inside an ACT test room are:

  • You are not allowed to handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time in the testing room or during break times, including your smartwatches, fitness bands, or any other devices with communication capabilities or recording.

  • All devices must be turned off and placed out of sight.

  • In case if you access any device or if your device activates in the test room or during a break (except the permitted calculator), you will be dismissed, your test will not count, and your phone or device may be taken away.

Preparation Tip of what to bring to the ACT

Don't Forget this checklist! 

  1. Recheck all utilities if they are in your bag before leaving for the ACT exam.

  2. After reaching the exam hall, put your head on the bench and meditate again and calm yourself down. Solve the easy questions first and then go for tough questions.

Concluding Thoughts

Approach the test as a game. It is a game you are playing against all the other folks taking the test and be confident that you are good enough at the game to beat a lot of them and then Play It. Play Your Heart Out. Sweat and Jump. And Run. And Win. You should also keep up with the ACT test dates.

Good Luck!

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