IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT has selected Fulbright Korean-American Education Commission (KAEC) as the sole administrator of the ACT® test in South Korea. Under this agreement, ACT tests will be administered by Fulbright, with ACT’s oversight, at a single agreed-upon site. For the April test date, the location is the Korea International Exhibition & Convention Center (KINTEX) near Seoul.
“Fulbright has significant experience with high-stakes test administration and international testing programs,” said Suzana Delanghe, ACT chief commercial officer. “We are eager to begin working with a Korean institution on administration of the ACT test in South Korea.”
The KAEC was established as a non-profit educational organization by a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. Also widely known as the Korea Fulbright Commission, the organization is governed by a board of directors consisting of equal numbers of Koreans and Americans representing government, education and the private sector. Fulbright has administered a number of different high-stakes academic testing programs and is experienced in high-volume test administrations.
The move follows the successful administration of the ACT test this past December at a single test site directly monitored by ACT staff in Seoul. Previously, the ACT test had been administered by various vendors across South Korea. The move was made to address test material compromises in the country and strengthen ACT’s ongoing commitment to provide a fair testing environment for all students.
“Our move to a single test site in December proved to be successful in the ways that are most important to us and to test takers—quality, security and access,” said Delanghe. “We are confident that this new arrangement with Fulbright will enable ACT to maintain improved test security and fairness while ensuring access to the ACT as well as delivering a high quality experience to test takers.”
The next ACT test in South Korea will be on April 8, 2017. The registration deadline for that test is March 3. Registration and additional information about the ACT test for international students can be found on ACT’s website.
The ACT test is accepted for admission by all U.S. four-year colleges and universities and more than 225 universities across the globe. Many colleges also use ACT scores for course placement, merit scholarship eligibility, and advising purposes.