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About ACT Engage

ACT Engage is here to help

Based on our decades of research in secondary and postsecondary college readiness, we have developed ACT Engage® to measure student behaviors and attributes that are often overlooked in student performance.

We can now predict—with a remarkable degree of accuracy—which students are more likely to struggle with academic achievement, timely graduation, and college admission. ACT Engage is able to identify students who are at risk of poor grades and dropout, beyond measures of academic performance alone.

ACT Engage offers a powerful, affordable way for you to increase student success without the pressure of high-stakes testing. In just 30 minutes, students answer simple questions about themselves online and you receive reports immediately so you can begin to assist those who are at risk.

The assessments are easy to administer and require minimal time and financial resources. There is no proctoring and schools pay only for completed surveys—test materials are free.

Available for students in middle school through high school and into college, ACT Engage gives you important information about a student’s motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation.

ACT Engage helps you:

  • Identify students with personal challenges that go unreported in standardized academic tests
  • Improve graduation rates and directly reach students whose personal challenges may hinder academic success
  • Evaluate a student’s self-reported psychosocial attributes
  • Define a student’s levels of academic risk
  • Use suggested interventions to help students improve academic achievement

We offer ACT Engage assessments for students at three levels, plus an additional assessment for teachers:

  • ACT Engage Grades 6–9
  • ACT Engage Grades 10–12
  • ACT Engage College
  • ACT Engage Teacher Edition

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ACT Engage Grades 6-9

Understanding your students means more than knowing their test scores. In fact, ACT research confirms that the best predictor of academic success comes from measures of both academic achievement and academic behavior. That’s why your students can benefit from ACT Engage as early as grade 6. This simple, cost-effective tool helps you accurately identify students that lack behaviors such as motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation that are essential for them to succeed and graduate.

ACT has tested thousands of students using ACT Engage for Grades 6–9 and tracked their progress from middle school into college. When ACT Engage is used in middle school, it is a valid predictor of high school grades and the likelihood of high school graduation and college enrollment.

ACT Engage is easy for schools to administer because it requires minimal advance planning. In just 30 minutes, without the pressure of a high-stakes assessment, students answer 108 simple questions about themselves. Online reports are available immediately to help you begin to introduce interventions to make a greater impact on students’ lives.

View ACT Engage Grades 6–9 Domains and Scales Overview

ACT Engage Grades 10-12

At the high school level, ACT Engage offers a quick yet effective assessment to measure your students’ behavorial strengths and needs. It also can reliably predict future college academic performance and retention and guides you in developing interventions to help students succeed.

The self-report inventory develops a profile of an individual student’s academic self-confidence, social connection, goal striving, and seven other behaviors..The assessment captures perceptions about motivation, commitment to education, and other key predictors of academic success and persistence.

In addition, ACT Engage can predict—with a remarkable degree of accuracy—how likely each of your students is to earn a GPA greater than 2.0 and persist through the first year of college.

ACT Engage is easy for schools to administer because it requires minimal advance planning. In just 30 minutes, without the pressure of a high-stakes assessment, students answer 108 simple questions about themselves. You receive online reports immediately so you can start planning interventions for student success, now and in the future.

View ACT Engage Grades 10–12 Domains and Scales Overview

ACT Engage College

You know there are at-risk students in your institution, but how can you easily find them and provide the help they need? ACT Engage College offers a powerful, cost-effective way for you to identify students who are most likely to have academic difficulties or even drop out of school during their first year. When you provide early interventions for these students—focusing on study skills, social activity, academic self-confidence, or other areas measured by the assessment—you offer them the greatest chance to succeed.

ACT Engage also can predict—with a remarkable degree of accuracy—how likely each of your first-year students is to return for a second year, and whether they will earn at least a 2.0 GPA.

ACT Engage is easy for colleges to administer and requires minimal advance planning. In just 30 minutes, without the pressure of a high-stakes assessment, students answer 108 simple questions about themselves online and you get immediate results to begin developing an intervention plan. You get actionable insights to help students persist and achieve academic success.

View ACT Engage College Domains and Scales Overview

ACT Engage Teacher Edition

Give your teachers and counselors an opportunity to provide their unique perspectives about students with ACT Engage Teacher Edition. Available to accompany ACT Engage for Grades 6–9 and Grades 10–12, school staff are able to assess levels of student motivation, social engagement, and self-regulation. This provides a cost-effective, complete view of the academic behaviors that impact individual students.

Each grade level of ACT Engage Teacher Edition includes the same domains measured by the student version, giving educators an easy-to-follow, consistent method to identify s interventions to support student success.

Testing Timeline

Early fall is the best

Schools can administer ACT Engage® any time, but ACT recommends using ACT Engage as early as possible in the fall; this will give you time to use results and intervene with students during the school year.

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Take a look at the various ways that ACT Engage has impacted the success of students at these insitutions of learning.

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