The ACT

The ACT is designed to assess general educational development and measure performance of intellectual tasks required of a college student. The ACT is composed of four academic tests that measure academic development in English, mathematics, reading and science.

Visit the ACT program website for more information.


Preparation for Testing

Visit the ACT program website for test prep materials prior to scheduling the ACT. DANTES Test Sites and military education facilities may also offer additional test prep resources.


Testing Locations

ACT testing for service members is available at two different types of locations:

  • DANTES Test Sites are located on a military installation. Use the CONTACT A COUNSELOR lookup tool to locate a military education center. Visit or call the military education center to find out if they have a DANTES Test Site that administers the ACT.

  • ACT National or International Test Centers are commercial locations, not located on a military installation. Visit the ACT program website to find the nearest ACT Test Center.


Funding Eligibility

Funding eligibility for service members varies based on type of testing location.


DANTES Test Sites:

  • One funded ACT is provided per lifetime of service for service members.
  • Funding is provided by contract agreement between DANTES and ACT at time of testing. No money is exchanged.
  • The ACT Writing exam is not available at DANTES Test Sites.
  • ACT retests at DANTES Test Sites are not funded; military members are responsible for paying the test fee.

ACT National or International Test Centers:

  • Up to two ACT exams are funded per lifetime of service for service members.
  • The ACT is funded on an "after-the-fact" reimbursement basis. Official score report and payment receipt are required.
  • Service members are responsible for scheduling the test, adhering to the published National and International Test Dates Calendar, and paying the test fee at time of registration.
  • Refer to DANTES Funding Eligibility Requirements to learn more about funding.
  • Refer to Reimbursement Eligibility to learn more about applying for reimbursement.

NOTE: Civilians and military dependents are not eligible for DANTES-funded or reimbursed ACTs and may not test at DANTES Test Sites.


Retesting Options

Retesting options vary for service members based on type of testing location.


DANTES Test Sites:

Retesting at DANTES Test Site is not funded; the following restrictions apply:

  • Service members seeking an unfunded (self-pay) retest must wait at least 60 calendar days from the last ACT administration at a DANTES Test Site.
  • Retesting within less than 60 calendar days will result in an invalid score.
  • An examinee may not have more than 12 ACT administrations per lifetime.

ACT National or International Test Centers:

  • Up to two ACT exams are funded per lifetime of service for service members on an “after-the-fact” reimbursement basis. Official score report and payment receipt are required.
  • Refer to the ACT website for retesting information.

Scoring and Reporting


DANTES Test Sites:

  • Scores for ACTs administered at a DANTES Test Site are reported approx. 2-4 weeks after receipt by ACT.
  • Student score reports are mailed to the address provided at the time of testing.

ACT National or International Test Centers:

  • ACT does not offer expedited scoring.
  • Students may view and print their student score report online by establishing a free ACT web account.