English Language Learners (ELL) taking the ACT will soon be able to apply for testing accommodations.
Starting next fall, students who receive ELL services can ask for additional time on the test and other supports, including the use of a word-to-word bilingual glossary.
The goal? “To help ensure that the ACT scores earned by English language learners reflect what they have learned in school,” the testing company noted in a press release announcing the shift.
Students will have to apply for the accommodations through their school counselor’s office. The scores they earn can be used when applying to college.
“This change is about improving access and equity for students whose proficiency in English might prevent them from truly demonstrating the skills and knowledge they have learned,” said ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe.
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