The ACT organization has announced a major change to their policies beginning next September.
ACT has offered online testing in other countries, and will do so domestically some time next year. Availability will depend on when testing centers can be equipped with the required computer hardware to support the online tests
First, a student will take a full ACT test, just like today. Afterwards, in September or later, they can take a retest consisting of one, or two, or three of the multiple-choice sections. The section retests will only be offered on the National ACT testing dates and only at the online-equipped testing centers.
If the student has accommodations approved, such as extended time, this will also be available for the section retests.
ACT will not limit the number of retests the student can have. There's no word yet on the pricing of the testing.
Along with the section retesting policy, ACT will begin issuing a superscored report. Superscoring takes the highest score from individual sections and averages those to make the composite. ACT will send superscored reports to colleges, and will include information about all the testing events that created the score; so colleges will know whether the superscore came from one sitting or multiple sittings or section retests.
There's still much to be made clear between now and next year, such as which testing locations will become online-equipped and when. So stay tuned for additional information when it becomes available.