The ACT has long been a test with which English Language Learners (ELLs) struggled. The test is based largely on the English language; even the math portion requires a thorough understanding of English. However, the ACT will soon allow for accommodations for students who are still learning English. The ACT wants to ensure that the test accurately reflects the potential of the students who take it and so they will be allowing certain aids for students who are ELLs. These accommodations include
- Up to time and a half on the test
- A bilingual word to word glossary (not containing definitions)
- Test instructions in the native language of the student (limited to certain languages)
- Separate room testing
These accommodations will be available to students starting in the fall of 2017 to students who are enrolled in their school’s English learners program!