What can you bring--and not bring--to the ACT?

ACT Prep


With the ACT on the morrow, many students will spend tonight making final preparations for the test. If you're one of them, make sure you pack everything that you will need (and leave home everything that you don't) for the big day!

What you MUST bring

  • Your ACT Test Center Ticket (you can log onto your ACT Web Account and print it off there).
  • Pencils (make sure they're sharpened No. 2 pencils!) and an eraser (make sure it erases well!). Mechanical pencils are not permitted.
  • Calculator (make sure it's one that's allowed) with fresh batteries -- you might not use it, but it's better to be prepared.
  • ID Card resized 600Identification. This one is the most important! Make sure you bring the right form of ID with you. Here are some types of ID that are accepted for the ACT: Current state-issued driver's license, state-issued nondriver ID, school identification card with photo, passport, government-issued ID, Student ID Letter and photo prepared by your school, or a notorized statement with your photo. Note that your name on the ID must match the name you provided when you registered for the ACT. The following forms of ID are not accepted: Social security card, credit card (including one with a photo), parent's driver's license, birth certificate, expired passport, yearbook, written physical description of the student (without photo), even if written on school stationery and signed by a counselor or principal. For a complete list of unacceptable identification, visit the ACT Website.

What you SHOULD bring

Consider bringing the following:

  • A watch (make sure it doesn't have an audible alarm--that can get you kicked out of the testing center!).
  • A backpack (to put everything in).
  • Extra batteries (for your calculator).
  • Something to eat and/or drink during your break outside of the test room.

What you CAN'T bring

  • Scratch paper
  • Notes or cheat sheets
  • Books or a dictionary
  • Cell phone
  • Pager
  • PDA
  • iPod or any other type of MP3 player
  • Highlighters or colored pencils
  • Compass, protractor, ruler, or any other kind of math aid
  • Separate timer or any kind of watch with an audible alarm
  • Camera or any other type of photographic, listening, or recording device

Make sure to go over your day-of necessities the night before, so that you're prepared and ready to go. Don't forget any of the items on your "MUST" list! Good luck!