PreACT: Montana

Important Dates

  •  Testing Window: April 2 - 19, 2019
  •  Material Ordering Window: February 25 - March 8, 2019
  •  Answer Document Return Deadline: May 3, 2019


Contact Information

ACT General Questions:

State Policy Questions:

OPI Assessment: 844.867.2569
Website: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Test Administration Process Overview

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that section, or simply scroll down the page.

  1. Orientation - Get oriented with the testing program.
  2. Configuration - Configure testing setup and systems.
  3. Verification - Verify needs for accommodations and supports.
  4. Preparation - Prepare for testing.
  5. Administration - Administer the test successfully.
  6. Transportation -  Transport materials and data back to ACT.
  7. Interpretation - Interpret score reports and test data.


Get oriented with the testing program.

Learn About PreACT

PreACT is a multiple-choice assessment that offers 10th graders early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready.

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.
  • 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 PreACT. 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.


Configure testing setup and systems.

Tips for Success

  • Order your test materials three weeks before your test date.  This will allow time for delivery and check-in of your test materials and time for your students to complete the examinee information prior to testing.
  • Orders will be placed through the CCRIS online ordering system.  You may access the system through an existing CCRIS account or by creating a new account.
  • Select the correct contract (program) from the Choose Program dropdown menu in CCRS.  Selecting the incorrect contract will affect your reporting and invoicing.
  • Be sure to select the appropriate organization.
  • Order one PreACT Test Material Package for each student that will test.  ACT will include an overage in each order.


Verify needes for accommodations and/or supports.

Tips for Success

  • Administering PreACT with accommodations or English learner supports does not require prior approval from ACT.  You will order alternate format test materials or materials for English learners at the same time you order your PreACT Test Material Packages.


Prepare for testing.

Tips for Success

  • Review the “Check-In and Security of Test Materials” section of the Administration Manual (linked above) before receiving your shipment. Have it available to refer to while unpacking your test materials.
  • Hold a training session with all testing staff (new and experienced) before test day. Suggested topics to cover during the training session are in your administration manual.
  • Plan 60 minutes to complete the examinee information sections prior to administering the subject tests.


Administer the test successfully.

Tips for Success

  • When entering name and address on the answer document (block B), be sure examinees:
    • Start with the first box and first column in block
    • Fill in the appropriate oval for each letter in addition to printing them in the boxes.
    • Fill in only one oval per column
  • Make sure examinees properly enter the form code into the Test Form block on their answer documents. This is essential to the answer documents being scored properly.
  • Mark accommodation code on the answer folder for any examinee receiving accommodations.
  • If you are testing an examinee with English learner supports, print a copy of the ACT-Approved Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries List (linked above) to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.


Transport materials and data back to ACT.

Tips for Success

  • The instructions for collecting, packing, and returning test materials are linked above.
  • Test coordinators should verify completeness and accuracy of materials received from room supervisors before returning answer documents to ACT. Check that all Test Administration Forms are filled out and check that the test form code is properly gridded on each answer document.
  • Test coordinators need to completely fill out the front of the polymailer envelope(s).
  • When packing the processing envelopes, about 250 answer documents can fit in each Tyvek scoring envelope. 
  • Do not return unused answer documents or any PreACT test materials.
  • Return the answer documents for all testing (standard, accommodations, or make-up) in the same shipment.
  • The polymailer envelopes include prepaid FedEx return shipping labels already affixed.  You may leave the packed polymailer envelopes in a secure FedEx pick-up area at your site or FedEx drop-off site.  Do not leave your packed polymailer envelopes in an unsupervised pick or drop-off site.T.


Interpret score reports and test data.

Tips for Success

  • PreACT Student Reports, Educators Reports, and Student Data Files now include norm data.