Policy for Documentation of Disability

A student who wishes to request special accommodations for a disability must provide the appropriate documentation according to ACT’s policy. Applicants should submit documentation as soon as possible to avoid delays in the processing of their request.

Special accommodations are not meant to give any individual an unfair advantage during the ACT. Special accommodations are meant to provide an equal and fair opportunity to all students taking the ACT. Special accommodations must not interfere with the testing, nor must it alter the fundamental skills which are being tested by the ACT.

The documentation submitted by the student must be completed by a qualified diagnostician. The forms must contain the name, title, and professional credentials of the diagnostician. If a student is submitting a request for special accommodations due to a physical disability, the appropriate documentation must be completed by a qualified physician. All documentation attesting to a student’s disability must be current, with the diagnosis or confirmation of the disability having occurred within the last 3 years.

The documentation of the disability must identify the functional limitations of the disability. The documentation must also provide the specific accommodations needed for the student. The request for special accommodation must detail the reasons why the prescribed accommodation will lessen the impact of the disability for the student taking the ACT.

ACT will take into special consideration cases in which students are currently receiving special accommodations in their high school. In such cases, ACT will accept the school’s documentation as proof of the student’s disability. Students who have received special accommodations in a classroom setting or a standardized testing setting will not be required to submit full documentation. These students will be required to submit documentation of previous special accommodations.