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What's Next for the ACT

Innovation and Continuous Improvement

. . . without the need for radical change

At ACT, we apply innovation at a responsible pace, always keeping our clients in mind.

As we enhance and improve the ACT® college readiness assessment, our approach:

  • keeps the ACT consistently relevant
  • ensures we are meeting the needs of the people we serve
  • continually strengthens the research that makes the ACT so effective
  • eliminates the need for radical change

We know the ACT has significant impact on people’s lives. Because of this, we work hard to avoid unnecessary risks that might come with large-scale changes or total product reinvention. We conduct ongoing research to inform the content of the ACT and we continually improve usability with the reporting, methods, and technology most needed—and most requested—by our clients.

Stay current with what’s next for the ACT. This site is designed to provide ongoing details about enhancements to the ACT. Sign up to receive periodic updates.

Details of Enhanced ACT Writing Test Announced

By Steve Kappler, Interim Vice President, Marketing and Communications

October 13, 2014

As announced earlier this summer, we are providing additional information on the enhanced ACT® Writing Test that will be introduced in fall 2015. The changes to the Writing Test, as with all of our solutions, are driven by research and evidence. These modifications are the result of a decade of unique insight and experience, and are reflective of our commitment to continuous improvement. The ACT Writing Test will continue to give all students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness to meet the writing demands of college and career.

While the current ACT Writing Test is an exercise in classic persuasion, the enhanced Writing Test will present students with a rhetorical purpose that is more broadly argumentative. It is designed to better measure students’ ability to evaluate multiple perspectives on a complex issue and to generate an argument based on reasoning, knowledge, and experience. In this way, the enhanced test enables students to more fully demonstrate the writing skills and abilities they will need in college and the workforce.


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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014

August 20, 2014

Each year, ACT provides an analysis of the college and career readiness of US high school graduates. Our newest report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014, was just released today.

More than 1.84 million 2014 graduates—a record 57 percent of the national graduating class—took the ACT. This is a 3 percent increase from 2013 (despite a smaller total number of U.S. graduates nationally) and an 18 percent increase compared to 2010. This was the 10th consecutive year that the number of ACT-tested graduates reached a new record total.

View the national report and/or key findings for your state.

 

Tools for an Intuitive Online Testing Experience

July 31, 2014

One of the exciting enhancements coming to the ACT® is the option for students to test via computer. A variety of tools and features are available to make online testing an intuitive experience. These include:

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A look ahead at the ACT:

 

New Readiness Indicators

The familiar 1-to-36 scores used on the ACT will not change. However, starting in 2015, students who take the ACT test also will receive new readiness scores and indicators designed to show performance and preparedness in areas important to success after high school.

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Optional Constructed-Response Questions

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Online Administration

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Enhanced ACT Writing Test

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New Reporting Categories

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