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The ACT: Alabama


The ACT® test is the nation's most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.

 

Schedule of Events (PDF)

More Information on the ACT

See the available resources in the drop-downs below. If you still have general questions, call 800.553.6244, ext. 2800. For questions specific to accommodations or supports, call 800.553.6244, ext. 1788 or email ACTStateAccoms@act.org.

State Code: 01

Test Dates

The ACT Taken on Paper

  • Initial Test Date: March 20, 2018
  • Makeup Test Date: April 3, 2018
  • Emergency Test Date: May 8, 2018
  • Accommodations Testing Window: March 20-26, 2018
  • Makeup Accommodations Testing Window: April 3-6, 9-13, 16-17, 2018
  • Emergency Accommodations Testing Window: May 8-14, 2018

The ACT Taken Online

  • Online Testing Window: April 3–5, 10–12, 2018 

 

Important Testing Information

 

Select Your Testing Staff

 

Tips for Success

  • Bookmark the url for your state’s testing website (this site) and check back frequently for updated information and content.
  • Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  • Read the What’s New document and pay close attention to recent changes, including those around the extended time testing policy (Timing Code 6) and the option to offer a longer break for ACT with writing administrations.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing the drop-down trays for the ACT. You can see a brief description, action items, and resources associated with each stage to help you get a feel for the testing timeline. Content will be linked as it becomes available.
  • Watch for emails from ACT with important reminders. Add our email address to your contacts to prevent emails from going to spam/junk folders.

Important Links

PearsonAccessnext

PearsonAccessnext is the web application used by testing staff (i.e., test coordinators, room supervisors) to start and monitor the tests when taking the ACT online. It is also used for administrative tasks leading up to testing, like managing participation and ordering materials.

 

Test Accessibility & Accommodations System (TAA)

The online Test Accessibility and Accommodations System (TAA) is used for the ACT test accommodations and English learner (EL) supports management. Requests are submitted and monitored with this system.

 

Manage Contact Information and Participation

 

Identify Needs for Accommodations and/or Supports

 

 Site Readiness for Online Testing 

 

Tips for Success

  • Be sure to manage participation and contacts in PearsonAccessnext for both the ACT and ACT WorkKeys administrations.
  • Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select in TAA. National test dates are also listed, so be sure to distinguish the test dates for your state’s administration
  • If you’re updating test coordinator information, it has to be changed in two places: the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account (see the PearsonAccessnext User Guide for the ACT Test in the resources above).
  • The TAA PIN can only be applied to an examinee if:
    • The school has indicated they are participating in PearsonAccessnext.
    • The student data has been uploaded in PearsonAccessnext.
    • The request has been submitted in TAA.
    • The test date has been associated in TAA.
    • The examinee has been approved for ACT-approved accommodations (not NCR or local arrangements).
    • The examinee’s information in PearsonAccessnext matches the examinee’s information in TAA (including the spelling of the examinee’s name/use of a nickname).
  • Communications from ACT about PIN applications/materials are in PearsonAccessnext, not TAA.

Verify Student Information

 

Verify Technical Site Readiness

 

Verify Requests for Accommodations and/or Supports

 

Tips for Success

  • All transferred/newly enrolled students need to be uploaded in PearsonAccessnext during the window for verifying student information listed on your Schedule of Events.
  • You do not place an order for initial standard time test materials; this order is automatically generated by your student enrollment count in PearsonAccessnext. Orders for initial materials for students testing with ACT-approved accommodations or EL supports are automatically generated when ACT enters the TAA PIN in PearsonAccessnext
  • If additional materials are needed after the window to verify student enrollment has passed, submit an additional order in PearsonAccessnext for standard time examinees, or call the ACT Test Accommodations team for materials needed for examinees approved to test with accommodations or EL supports.
  • You can track test materials shipments using the Orders & Shipment Tracking option in PearsonAccessnext.
  • If selecting the Late Consideration date in TAA, make sure the Late Consideration Form is included.
  • Complete a Mock Administration, especially if there will be students using text-to-speech functionality.
  • Remember to complete proctor caching setup. 

Important Links 

ACT Online Prep

ACT Online Prep is an online resource to help students prepare to take the ACT test (on paper or online), featuring real questions from previous tests.

Information for Examinees  

Share these resources with examinees to help them prepare to take the ACT.

 

Prepare Your Facility

 

Prepare Your Staff

 

Prepare Your Examinees

 

Prepare Your Test Materials

 

Tips for Success

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Important Links  

ACT Profile

ACT Profile is a free, mobile resource to help examinees learn more about themselves and their college and career paths.

ACT Student Web Account

Examinees can access their test results through creating an online web account.

 

Score Reports

 

Impact of Test Data

  • Using Your ACT Results
  • Using Your ACT Results - Spanish 
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Workshop Workbook
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Resource List
  • What ACT Data Are Telling You About Your Students- Roadmap
  • What ACT Data Can Tell You About Your Students
  • Instructional Support Workshop

 

Tips for Success

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ACT Online Prep: Alabama


ACT Online Prep

ACT® Online Prep is an engaging, interactive test prep program developed by the makers of the ACT, using the same research and expertise that has made the ACT the most widely used college entrance exam in the nation. Administrator dashboards let you track students’ progress at an individual or aggregate level, including time spent on the program, performance on the practice questions and test, and areas in which they need more help. Students can access the program online or through a free mobile app at school, home, or on the go, anytime.

Contact Us

For questions regarding ACT Online Prep, call 319.337.1429
Email: customerservice@onlineprep.act.org
Customer service hours (excluding ACT holidays):
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time

ACT WorkKeys Taken Online: Alabama

ACT WorkKeys® tests are research-based measures of foundational work skills essential to career success across industries and occupations. The assessments help to close skill gaps and improve workforce quality.

 

Schedule of Events (PDF)

More Information on WorkKeys

See the available resources in the drop-downs below. If you have questions, call 800.967.5539 or complete the form in the link below.

Customer service hours (excluding ACT holidays):

  • Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central time 

Test Dates

ACT WorkKeys Online

  • Online Testing Window: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018

 

Important Testing Information

 

Select Your Testing Staff

 

Tips for Success

  • Bookmark the url for your state’s testing website (this site) and check back frequently for updated information and content.
  • Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  • Read the What’s New document and pay close attention to recent changes, especially the new TAO test delivery platform.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing the drop-down trays for ACT WorkKeys. You can see a brief description, action items, and resources associated with each stage to help you get a feel for the testing timeline. Content will be linked as it becomes available.
  • Watch for emails from ACT with important reminders. Add our email address to your contacts to prevent emails from going to spam/junk folders.

Important Links 

Validus System

Validus is an online system used for ACT WorkKeys registration.

TAO

TAO is the new testing platform used to deliver ACT WorkKeys online tests. Proctors will monitor and manage examinees' testing progress with this system. Access TAO through Validus, using the "Connect to TAO" menu item. 

 

Upload Student Data 

 

Identify Needs for Accommodations and/or Supports

 

Site Readiness for Online Testing 

 

Tips for Success

  • It is recommended to use the “groups” feature when doing a batch load for multiple examinees or for a group of examinees that will test at the same time.
  • When creating groups as part of the student data batch load process, limit the number of examinees in each group to 100 or less.
  • Review the new Accessibility Support Guide if you have questions about the accommodations and supports available for ACT WorkKeys.

Verify Technical Site Readiness 

 

Tips for Success

  • Review the guidelines for both administrative and test delivery workstations in the technical specifications linked above to verify that all workstations being used for testing meet the minimum requirements.
  • Be sure to run a TAO System Check. Select Guest Access to start the system check.
  • If you want to practice setting up tests and other administration functions, do not use your live testing site. Use the training realm for all practice instances. Call 800.967.5539 if you need help gaining access to the training realm. 

Important Links

KeyTrain 

KeyTrain is a complete, interactive training system with courses based on the same skills and skill progressions found in the WorkKeys assessment system. KeyTrain also prepares learners to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate® (NCRC®), the nationally recognized credential that certifies essential workplace skills, including applied math, reading for information, and locating information.

ACT WorkKeys Curriculum

ACT WorkKeys Curriculum helps individuals build the essential career-relevant skills needed for learning, personal development, and effective job performance. It’s the only curriculum built from the ground up to align with the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate assessments.

 

Prepare Your Facility

 

Prepare Your Staff

 

Prepare Your Examinees

Your contract provides access to ACT WorkKeys test preparation products. Share these resources with examinees to help them prepare to take the WorkKeys assessments.

 

Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success

ACT WorkKeys Taken on Paper: Alabama

ACT WorkKeys® tests are research-based measures of foundational work skills essential to career success across industries and occupations. The assessments help to close skill gaps and improve workforce quality.

 

Schedule of Events (PDF)

More Information on WorkKeys

See the available resources in the drop-downs below. If you have general questions, call 800.553.6244, ext. 2800. For questions specific to accommodations or supports, call 800.553.6244, ext. 1788 or email ACTStateAccoms@act.org.

State Code: 01

Test Dates

ACT WorkKeys Paper

  • Initial Test Date: February 21, 2018
  • Makeup Test Date: March 7, 2018
  • Accommodations Testing Window: February 21 - March 7, 2018

 

Important Testing Information

 

Select Your Testing Staff

 

Tips for Success 

  • Bookmark the url for your state’s testing website (this site) and check back frequently for updated information and content.
  • Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  • Read the What’s New document and pay close attention to recent changes, especially the new ACT WorkKeys test names, test times, and NCRC® credential.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing the drop-down trays for ACT WorkKeys. You can see a brief description, action items, and resources associated with each stage to help you get a feel for the testing timeline. Content will be linked as it becomes available.
  • Watch for emails from ACT with important reminders. Add our email address to your contacts to prevent emails from going to spam/junk folders.

Important Links 

PearsonAccessnext

PearsonAccessnext is the web application used by testing staff (i.e., test coordinators) to complete administrative tasks leading up to testing, like managing participation and ordering materials.

 

Manage Contact Information and Participation

 

Identify Needs for Accommodations and/or Supports

 

Tips for Success

  • Be sure to manage participation and contacts in PearsonAccessnext for both the ACT and ACT WorkKeys administrations.
  • Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select on the Manage Participation screen.
  • If you’re updating test coordinator information, it has to be changed in two places: the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account (see the PearsonAccessnext User Guide ACT WorkKeys in the resources above).
  • Review the new Accessibility Support Guide if you have questions about the accommodations and supports available for ACT WorkKeys.

Verify Student Information and Order Materials

 

Tips for Success

  • All transferred/newly enrolled students need to be uploaded in PearsonAccessnext during the window for verifying student information listed on your Schedule of Events.
  • Test material quantities can be adjusted any time within the initial window for verifying student information.
  • If you need to order additional materials, be sure you do so by the additional order date listed on your Schedule of Events. If you try to order additional materials after this date, you will not see any materials available for order in PearsonAccessnext.
  • You can track test materials shipments using the Orders & Shipment Tracking option in PearsonAccessnext.

Prepare Your Facility

 

Prepare Your Staff

 

Prepare Your Examinees

 

Prepare Your Test Materials

 

Tips for Success

  • Tips for Success