Things NOT to Bring on ACT Test Day

Published on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by

We’ve spoken before about the materials you should bring to the testing facility on the ACT test-date. However, many students don’t realize that there are things you CANNOT bring to the ACT testing facility. Bringing these items can cause you to be rejected from taking the test or have your score not count among other consequences.

Knowing what you can and cannot bring to the testing facility will help you to stay focused on the task at hand…conquering the ACT!


Electronic devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, MP3 Player, fitness band (think Fitbit), media player, or camera.

These devices can cause you to be rejected from the testing site. The ACT is a closed book test and having any of electronic device could be an opportunity to cheat, as well as a distraction. You won’t need these items while testing, so it’s best to just leave them at home.

Textbooks, dictionaries, notes, etc.

As we said before, the ACT is a closed book test, so you will not be able to bring textbooks, dictionaries, or any notes you may have made for the ACT. Having these with you could result in your not being allowed to take the ACT, or being kicked out of the testing facility.

Food or Drinks

There are no food or drinks allowed in the ACT testing facility. You will be given a break to grab a drink at the fountain or have a snack you have stashed in your locker or car, but food and drink are not allowed in the testing area. While you probably won’t be kicked out for having them, it’s always good to avoid testing the limits when it comes to the rules.

Smart Watches

Smart Watches are a fairly new technology, but the makers of the ACT have released updated guidelines making smart watches one of the prohibited devices from the ACT testing facility. Bringing a smart watch to the testing facility may result in confiscation of the device or your removal from the testing site. Your best bet is to just leave your smart watch at home.

The above items are shared with you to help you better prepare for the ACT. When test day comes, it’s important to be aware of what you can and cannot bring to the testing facility. For more information on what to expect on your test day, go to: