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ACT College and Career Readiness

Standards, Benchmarks, and The Holistic Framework

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.

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.