ACT College and Career Readiness
Begins with the Holistic Framework
ACT Holistic Framework
Planning for Future Success Starts Now
A Holistic Framework for College and Career Readiness
Shifts in education and the workplace are changing how we must think about college and career readiness in America. It’s that simple.
To help people navigate these shifts from kindergarten to career (K–Career), ACT has created a holistic framework for understanding education and work readiness, navigating life’s transition points, and achieving success.
ACT College and Career Readiness Standards
Giving Clearer Meaning to Test Scores
What Sets ACT Assessments Apart?
The ACT College and Career Readiness Standards are the backbone of ACT assessments. They describe essential skills and knowledge students need to become ready for college and career, giving clear meaning to test scores and serving as a link between what students have learned and what they are ready to learn next.
The standards encompass the many paths available to students after high school, and they reflect our ability to provide insights related to both college and career readiness.
ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks
Setting the Bar for Excellence
The Value of Benchmarks
The ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject-area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have the best academic experience at the college level.
Educators have come to rely on the ACT Benchmarks as a means of predicting college success and as a guide to inform curriculum decisions.