What You Need to Know About the New ACT Registration: Photo ID

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The ACT introduces new test security. A photo ID taken at the time of registration and submitted to the ACT is necessary. This one may be too dated!

In a world where test security and authentic scores are of utmost importance, students should welcome changes brought to the ACT registration, but there are several things they should know.

First, ACT registration now requires students to have a photo ID printed as part of their admission ticket. Photos should be a head and shoulders shot taken at the time of registration and can be submitted to the ACT website, via smart phone, or mailed in. Students without this admission ticket and another form of photo ID will not be admitted to the testing site.

In addition to being printed on the admission ticket, the ACT will print photo on both the examinee roster and on the actual score report which is sent to the student’s high school. This will help those administering the test as well as those familiar with the student to identify the student. Test staff may also check the ID throughout the test.

These changes will also affect those hoping to take the test on a standby basis and those hoping to change testing sites at the last minute. Because of needing an ACT photo ID on the admissions ticket that matches the examinee roster, students must look into standby and change of location procedures in advance.

For a more complete explanation of test security and other changes, see the ACT website article Upcoming ACT Test Security and Identification Enhancements.

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