ACT State and District Testing

Bringing the ACT to Students in the Classroom

Increase College Access and Opportunities for All Students

New This Year for the ACT District Testing Program

Free Online ACT Test Prep

A new free tool to empower your students and educators - ACT Academy, the new FREE online ACT test prep tool with personalized learning paths for students. Educators have access to resources based on student gaps with robust classroom reporting.

English Language Learner Toolkit

ACT provides accommodations to U.S. students who are English learners (EL). This toolkit will help schools understand ways to use these supports that ensure the ACT scores earned by EL students accurately reflect what they have learned in school.

Additional Testing Window Available

Increased administration flexibly will be offered with the new Late April 2020 - Online-Only test date option offered April 21- April 23, 2020 and April 28 – April 30, 2020.

Price Lock Option

Have the assurance of the same pricing for the next 3 years with our new 3-year contract option.

Student Data Upload Invoicing

District testing invoicing is now based on school enrollment count in PearsonAccessnextTM

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Join School Districts Across the Country in Bringing the ACT Test
to Students in the Classroom
 

Quick facts:

  • Since 2007, students in more than 47 states have earned college-reportable scores taking the ACT® test in their own classrooms.
  • The experience can help students realize they have the skills to perform college-level coursework and give your district the information it needs to get them there. The test raises college awareness and exposure among all students.
  • The ACT is tied closely to your district’s curriculum—it’s always been about what students learn in school.
  • Empower your students and educators - ACT Academy, the FREE online ACT test prep tool with personalized learning paths for students. Educators have access to resources based on student gaps with robust classroom reporting.

States with school districts providing the ACT test to students are depicted in blue.

ACT District Testing Program Details

During the 2018-2019 school year, ACT will offer three test dates: one in the fall and two in the spring. Select the date(s) that work best for your district.

Districts may choose from two test options. All participating schools in a district must test using the same test option—either the ACT or the ACT with writing.

The district assessment coordinator will be our primary contact for the ACT District Testing program. During the implementation phase, we ask that this coordinator serve as the liaison between schools, district officials, and ACT.

During subsequent phases (school establishment, training, materials delivery, administration, and some post-exam activities), we will work directly with the schools. From time to time, we may still ask for the coordinator’s assistance.

Once testing is completed, we will send the district assessment coordinator all district-level reports and an invoice based on the number of students tested and the type of test administered.

District assessment coordinators may also be the school test coordinator at individual schools participating in District testing.

The ACT: $44.50

The ACT with writing: $58.00

Additional discounts available for districts with 50%-100% of students in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP). View pricing infographic.

Invoices will be generated based on the counts provided in the Student Data Upload.

Districts may choose to participate in both fall 2018 and one spring 2019 ACT test window—or choose to participate in only fall or only one spring test date. Note that all schools testing under a parent institution (district) must test in the test window selected by the district using the same test option—either the ACT or the ACT with writing.

In spring 2018, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for fall 2018. Any testing staff changes that occur over the summer can be submitted to ACT in August. We’ll accept applications for ACT-approved accommodations for the fall 2018 test window beginning in late May. You can continue to submit accommodation applications through early August.

In the spring of 2018, we’ll request information about schools and testing staff designated for the spring 2019 administration. Any testing staff changes that occur over the summer can be submitted to ACT when they occur. We’ll accept applications for ACT-approved accommodations for the spring 2019 test window in November. You can continue to submit accommodations applications through mid-January.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Test Session Registration, Contract, and 
School List Deadline**
Test Date Online Testing Window
Fall 2018 Closed Closed N/A
Early Spring 2019 Closed Feb 20, 2019 (Initial)
Mar 12, 2019 (Makeup)
Feb 20-22, 2019
Feb 26-28, 2019
Late Spring 2019 Closed Apr 2, 2019 (Initial)
Apr 24, 2019 (Makeup)
Apr 2-4, 2019
Apr 9-11, 2019

*Districts may participate in one of the two spring test dates.
**This deadline is the date a signed contract and list of participating schools is required. It is possible to register, sign the contract, and submit a list of participating schools the same day using a digital signature.

Condition of College and Career Readiness 2017

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2017

This year’s report shows that 60% of students in the 2017 US graduating class took the ACT test, up from 54% in 2013.  The increased number of test takers over the past several years enhances the breadth and depth of the data pool, providing a comprehensive picture of the current graduating class in the context of college readiness, as well as offering a glimpse at the emerging educational pipeline.

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