Please read the FAQ below to understand the opportunity being offered by Board of Regents' Institutions and how it varies from a typical ACT test.

General Questions

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of national college entrance exam test dates, the Board of Regents is partnering with ACT to provide testing opportunities for students entering their senior year. Please see the specific eligibility requirements to register for the on-campus ACT test in August.

The on-campus ACT will offer the same multiple choice /no writing as national testing.

However, on-campus test scores will be valid only for the three Iowa Regent Institutions. Results are non-transferrable to high schools, other colleges, or agencies. Results will be uploaded to the Board of Regents data warehouse and accessible to all three Iowa Regent Institutions for the purpose of recruitment outreach and admissions. Additionally, partner community colleges will be able to request the ACT data for placement.

The Board of Regents is planning for ACT testing opportunities in August 2020. After completing the registration process, the system will present you with the available dates for each location.

There will be limited test dates at six Iowa sites below:

  • University of Iowa - Iowa City
  • Iowa State University - Ames
  • University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls
  • University of Iowa Pappajohn Education Center – Des Moines
  • Western Iowa Regents Resource Center – Sioux City
  • Western Iowa Regents Resource Center – Council Bluffs

Test Takers must meet all requirements below:

  • Be a Resident of Iowa
  • Attend an Iowa high school with anticipated high school graduation date of winter 2020 or spring 2021
  • No walk-in standby testing allowed. Only eligible pre-registered students will be admitted.

Registration fee is $80.00, paid online by credit card after you have selected a test date and time.

If you qualify for fee waiver or testing accommodations, instructions will be available on the Registration page.

DO NOT GO TO THE TEST LOCATION! Please contact the ACT Coordinator, they will notify your test location and will also work to apply a credit towards your payment.

  • Complete this registration form
  • Select your test location/date/time
  • Complete the online payment process
  • Receive an email containing a link to your admission ticket and other test instructions
  • Receive a reminder email approximately 24 hours prior to your scheduled test
  • Take the test
  • The results of the test will be delivered via email only (Watch for your test results which will be delivered via email only)

Registration Questions

The only communication for this test will be with the email address given at registration time.
This is a limited test being offered by the Board of Regents Institutions. Upon payment, there will be no opportunities to change your information online. If you have made an error on any information, please contact the ACT Coordinator.
Online registrations must be paid by credit card or by completing a fee waiver process for this test.

The University of Iowa credit card payment system accepts any valid American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa card.

You can try to contact the ACT Coordinator and see if they can find a new testing date or location.
You may only receive a refund under the following circumstances: illness or catastrophic event. You must contact the ACT Coordinator 48 hours in advance for the potential refund to be approved.


No, test results will only be shared via the email address used for registration.

You will receive your test results via email approximately 3-4 weeks after you have completed the test.

If you have not received an email after that period, please contact the ACT Coordinator.

Results will be uploaded to the Board of Regents data warehouse and accessible to all three Iowa Regent Institutions (Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa) for the purpose of recruitment outreach and admissions.


Please visit our accommodations page for further instructions.

Test Day

  • A printed copy of your ticket.
  • A current valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or current year high school ID card with photo). Students will not be admitted without proper photo ID.
  • Wear your face mask to the test center
  • Sharpened, soft lead No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens). Do not bring highlighter pens or any other kinds of writing instruments; you will not be allowed to use them.
  • A watch to pace yourself. Do not bring a watch with an alarm, because it will disturb other students. If your alarm sounds during testing, you will be dismissed, and your answer document will not be scored. The supervisor in standard time rooms will announce when you have five minutes remaining on each test.
  • Snacks or drinks to consume outside the test room during break.
  • There will be no walk-in standby testing allowed. Only eligible pre-registered students will be admitted.

You are not permitted to use or access the following items while in the test room:

  • Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, scratch paper (unless specifically authorized and provided by ACT), notes, or other aids
  • Highlighter pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape
  • Any electronic device other than a permitted calculator (examples include cell phone, media player, iPad, headphones, camera)
  • Reading material
  • Tobacco in any form
  • Food or beverages, including water
The ACT calculator policy is designed to ensure fairness for all examinees, avoid disturbances in the testing room, and protect the security of the test materials.
  • Contact the ACT Coordinator and an email will be sent contain a link to your ticket.
The ACT Coordinator will send an email and attempt to use your phone number or emergency contact information to notify all test takers at that location immediately.
There are no refunds for missing the test. You will have to register for another ACT test through the ACT registration process.

Your ticket provides helpful reminders such as time, testing date, test center location. It may have messages specific to your testing location, such as where to park or which building and entrance to use. It also reminds students they are required to bring a photo ID and to wear a face mask to be admitted. Please read your ticket carefully prior to test day.