Board of Regents to Offer On-Campus ACT Testing Opportunities

July 20, 2020

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In an effort to ease concerns about access to ACT tests for Iowa high school students due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa will be offering on-campus ACT tests for Iowans graduating high school in either 2020 or 2021.

These special testing opportunities are starting in August and will be held on the campuses of the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa, in addition to the UI’s Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines, and the Western Iowa Regents Resource Centers in Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Extensive health and safety protocols are being put in place in alignment with state, local and campus standards to reduce spread of COVID-19.

Per ACT rules, the scores from these on-campus ACT tests will be valid and accepted only by the three Regent Universities in the state of Iowa. Test scores cannot be shared with high schools, other colleges or agencies, but Iowa’s community colleges can request these ACT scores for placement purposes.

“This is an unprecedented time, and we know that many students are struggling to take the ACT due to cancellations,” said Dr. Rachel Boon, Board of Regents Chief Academic Officer. “We are glad to be able to provide additional testing dates at locations around our state. This gives many more testing opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing higher education at one of Iowa’s Regent Universities.”

For more information, specific dates for each location, and to register, go to

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

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