- Written test directions translated in 12 languages
- Use of approved word-to-word bilingual dictionary
- Extended test time
- Testing in a small group environment
These supports may be used in conjunction with any other ACT-approved accommodations. Schools apply for these supports using the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system.
- Translated test questions
- Translated verbal instructions and/or the use of an interpreter
- Translated DVDs
- Translated reader’s scripts
- Printed translations for languages outside of the 12 that are offered
- Use of an electronic translation device
- ACT Press Release Announcing New English Learner Supports_Nov 2016
- What You Need To Know About English Learner Supports for the ACT Test
- Que Debes Saber de Apoyos Para el Examen ACT Para Estudiantes de Inglés
- ACT Approved English Learner Supports Guide
- ACT-Approved Word-to-Word Bilingual Dictionaries
- ACT Policy for English Learner Supports Documentation
- Quick Start Guide for Requesting Accommodations/Supports
- Teacher Survey Form - A teacher at the examinee’s school may complete this form as supporting documentation to be uploaded in TAA. It asks for specific ways in which the examinee used accommodations in their class.
- Exceptions Statement Form - Examinees who do not currently have an official accommodations plan, EL support plan, IEP, or 504 plan can submit the Exceptions Statement Form to support their request.
ELA Exemption for Recently Arrived ELs
A. ESEA requires that all students participate in statewide assessment to be used for accountability. Federal regulations provide some flexibility related to the assessment and accountability for recently arrived ELL students only (See 34 CFR § 200.6 (b) (4)).
Districts will need to first determine if the student has recently arrived in the United States before making assessment and accountability decisions. Recently arrived refers to a student that has attended a U.S. school for less than 12 months and has a language proficiency level of 1 or 2 as determined by ACCESS for ELLs®.
A recently arrived ELL may be exempt from one required administration of the state’s English Language Arts assessment. If the student does not participate in the ELA assessment, he or she must participate in ACCESS for ELLS. Recently arrived students must participate in all other content areas, with or without accommodations. Students in a school or district for less than a full academic year (FAY) are counted for test participation only; their assessment results are not factored into school or district report cards.
A. If the student does not participate in the ELA assessment, he or she must participate in ACCESS for ELLs®. Recently arrived students must participate in all other content areas, with or without accommodations. Students in district for less than a full academic year (FAY) are counted for test participation only; their assessment results are not factored into school or district report cards.