Training and Resources for the ACT

Improve curriculum and interventions to help ensure student success

ACT product training events are designed for K-12 administrators and school systems looking to make a smart investment in the professional learning of their staff.

Successfully Achieving College and Career Readiness for All Students

A course of self-paced tutorials designed for educators to strengthen their knowledge of the ACT® test. This course will help educators apply that knowledge by integrating instructional practices promoting college and career readiness for all students to help them maximize their performance on the ACT.

Title Description Mode
Course Welcome Serves as the course hub, providing an overview of the five modules and links to each one. Online Module
Why Take the ACT? Provides an overview of the test and the value it can bring for students, and it links to resources that can be helpful as educators talk with students and their parents. Online Module
Understanding College and Career Readiness Explains the concept of college and career readiness and the skills that represents for students. Online Module
Reviewing Curriculum and Instructional Systems Explores the curriculum and instructional practices needed to prepare students for college and career readiness. Online Module
Preparing Students for the ACT Provides some tools to help demystify the ACT for students so that they can be more confident going into test day. Online Module
Analyzing and Using ACT Scores Provides some tools and techniques for analyzing the aggregate data that comes back to the high school after students take the ACT. Online Module

 

 

Foundation Training and Resource Components

Title Description Mode
Course Welcome Serves as the course hub, providing an overview of the five modules and links to each one.

Preparation Training and Resource Components

Title Duration Description Mode
ACT Calculator Policy   This document provides the ACT calculator policy, including prohibited models and features. Document
Examinee Tutorial for TestNav   This video helps the examinee become familiar with TestNav. Video
Providing Information to Examinees for the ACT (Online)   This video covers the following topics for test administration of the ACT online:  pretest for online testing, completing non-test information, when and where to report, what to bring, what not to bring, and the calculator policy. Video
Test Day Activities: Starting, Monitoring, and Closing a Test Session (the ACT in an Online Format)   Provides the room supervisor with their duties to conduct after the test is finished. Video
Technical Readiness for the ACT in an Online Format: Site Readiness   Explains, in layperson terms, the steps necessary to complete preparations for ACT in an online format for Final System Check. Video
Examinee Tutorial  

Introduces the ACT in an online format to examinees and provides details on how to use TestNav.

Video

Preparing for and Ordering Makeup Test Materials (the ACT)

 

Details how to place an order for makeup test materials for the ACT. Video
Preparing for and Ordering Makeup Test Materials (ACT WorkKeys)   Details how to place an order for ACT WorkKeys makeup test materials. Video
Packing Standard Time Cartons to Return (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Provides details on how to pack cartons for standard time test materials. Video
Packing Cartons to Return (ACT WorkKeys)   Provides details on how to pack cartons for standard time WorkKeys test materials. Video
District Shipping: Returning Materials (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Provides details for schools and districts on how schools pack materials, the district receives materials from schools, and returns these materials to ACT. Video
District Shipping: Returning Materials (ACT WorkKeys)   Provides details for schools and districts on how schools pack materials, the district receives materials from schools, and returns these materials to ACT. Video
Accommodations Overview   Provides a high level view of the ACT accommodations and the process to request ACT-Approved Accommodations Video
Providing Local Test Arrangements on the ACT   Offers test coordinators actionable information to guide staff in providing local test arrangements Video
Providing Non-college Reportable Accommodations on the ACT   Helps test coordinators understand the difference between ACT-Approved Accommodations and non-college reportable accommodations and guides staff in providing non-college reportable accommodations

Video
Guiding Principles for ACT-Approved Accommodations   Introduces test coordinator to the guidelines that ACT follows to determine ACT-Approved Accommodations Video
Requesting Trusted Agent Access   Provides steps to initiate trusted agent access Video
Requesting Access to TAA   Provides details on how test coordinators approve access to TAA for test accommodations coordinator(s) Video
CCRIS and TAA Navigation   Shows what appears and where on the CCRIS and TAA home pages Video
Request Accommodation for New Examinee (in TAA)   Details how to complete an accommodations request in TAA Video
Search for an Examinee (in TAA)   Shows the three methods available to search for an examinee Video
Search and Sort Requests (in TAA)   Shows the search and sort capabilities within TAA Video
Delete a Request (in TAA)   Details how to delete an accommodations request in TAA Video
Edit an Incomplete Request (in TAA)   Provides steps to edit a request in TAA Video
Edit a Request for Reconsideration (in TAA)   Offers reminders of information to avoid accommodation request non-approvals and details the process to request accommodations reconsideration Video
Administering Overview (for the ACT in an Online Format)   Summarizes the steps to administering the ACT in an online format. Video
Staff Requirements (the ACT in paper and online formats and ACT WorkKeys)   Provides details on how the test coordinator selects and trains testing staff. Video
Facility Requirements (the ACT and ACT WorkKeys for Paper Format)   Informs the test coordinator of facility and room set-up requirements for administering the paper format. Video
Facility Requirements (the ACT in an Online Format)   Informs the test coordinator of facility and room set-up requirements for administering the online format. Video
Creating Room Supervisor Accounts in PearsonAccess Next (the ACT in an Online Format)   Provides the test coordinator with a description of how to set up accounts. Video
Ordering Test Materials (the ACT)   Details how to place an order for test materials. Video
Pretest Activities (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Informs the test coordinator about activities to complete prior to administering the ACT in a paper format. Video
Ordering Test Materials (ACT WorkKeys)   Details how to place an order for ACT WorkKeys test materials. Video
Pretest Activities (the ACT in an Online Format)   Informs the test coordinator about activities to complete prior to administering the ACT in an online format. Video
Pretest Activities (ACT WorkKeys)   Informs the test coordinator about activities to complete prior to administering ACT WorkKeys. Video
Test Administration Overview for the ACT and ACT WorkKeys   Provides details on how to adminster the ACT and ACT WorkKeys successfully. Video
Technical Readiness for the ACT in an Online Format: Site Readiness   Explains, in layperson terms, the steps necessary to complete preparations for ACT in an online format for Site Readiness. Video
Receiving and Storing Test Materials Shipments   Provides an in-depth walk through and explanation of how to check in test material shipments, engage personnel to test software in the shipment, and security precautions to keep the materials stored safely. Video
Technical Readiness for the ACT in an Online Format: Final System Check   Explains, in layperson terms, the steps necessary to complete preparations for ACT in an online format for Final System Check. Video
Test Day Activities: Final Procedures for the Room Supervisor (the ACT in an Online Format)   Informs of final procedures before returning all materials to the test coordinator. Video
Completing and Submitting an Irregularity Report (the ACT in an online format)   Informs how to complete and submit irregularity reports for the ACT in an online format. Video
Test Day Activities: Logistics, Sequence and Timing (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Informs test coordinator and room supervisor of test day sequence and timing guidelines. Video
Test Day Activities: Distributing Materials (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Provide steps for distributing testing materials to examinees. Video
Test Day Activities (ACT WorkKeys)   Provides detailed guidelines for ACT WorkKeys test day activities. Video
Test Day Activities: Room Supervisor Duties During the Test (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Provides the room supervisor with guidelines and rules to follow during the test Video
Completing and Submitting an Irregularity Report (the ACT and ACT WorkKeys in a Paper Format)   Informs how to complete and submit irregularity reports for WorkKeys and the ACT in a paper format. Video
Test Day Activities: Room Supervisor Duties after the Test (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Provides the room supervisor with their duties to conduct after the test is finished. Video
Examinee Tutorial   Introduces the ACT in an online format to examinees and provides details on how to use TestNav. Video
Packing Standard Time Cartons to Return (the ACT in a Paper Format)   Provides details on how to pack cartons for standard time test materials. Video

The ACT Technical Manual

    (PDF, 156 pages)
ACT Writing Test Technical Report     (PDF, 25 pages)

Integration Training and Resource Components

Title Duration Description Mode
Interpreting ACT Test Data for Student Success 3 hrs. This workshop supports educators’ analysis of the ACT. ACT expert consultants work with groups of educators to understand and analyze the data included in the ACT High School Report and the ACT Profile Report. Throughout the session, activities will allow participants to use insights gleaned from their ACT data to identify implications for curriculum, instruction, student support, and counseling/advising in their school system. Workshop
Interpreting ACT Test Data for Student Success: The ACT High School Report 1 hr. This workshop supports educators’ analysis of the ACT High School Report. ACT expert consultants work with groups of educators to analyze their data and identify implications from the data for counseling and advising students. Workshop
Tools of the Trade: Instructional Strategies that Support Rigorous Learning 3 hrs. This workshop helps teachers increase the rigor and relevance of their instruction. Teachers will reflect on rigor and relevance as it applies to the four core content areas (English, mathematics, science, and social studies). Many instructional strategies will be modeled throughout the session as participants learn how rigor is reflected in activities, student assignments, and in-class assessments. Participants will leave with a valuable set of research-based instructional strategies to apply in their classrooms. Workshop
Begin with the End in Mind: Using College and Career Readiness Standards to Anchor Your K-12 Curriculum 3 hrs. This workshop helps teachers understand the connections between their curriculum and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. The session begins with an overview of the ACT as a measure of college and career readiness. Participants will study the test specifications to understand the content assessed by the ACT and analyze key performance data to connect ACT scores with ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. Throughout the session, participants will participate in exercises designed to help them identify connections between the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and their local standards and curricula.  Workshop
Introduction to The ACT High School Report 1 hr. This webinar helps educators understand and interpret the ACT High School Report (individual student report). It includes a general introduction of the ACT College and Career Readiness System, the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. The session centers on how counselors and other educators can use data from the ACT High School Report for counseling and advising students. Webinar
Introduction to The ACT Profile Report 1 hr. This webinar helps educators understand and interpret the ACT Profile Report. It includes a general introduction of the ACT College and Career Readiness System, the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, and the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards. The webinar centers on how administrators and other educators can analyze their aggregate data and identify implications from the data for curriculum, instruction, and student support. Webinar
Assessment Literacy: Constructing Quality Multiple-Choice Items for   Assessments  3.5 hrs. This workshop creates opportunities for teachers to improve their skills designing high-quality multiple-choice items. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the role of assessments in the learning process, including both formative and summative assessments, and the strengths and limitations of various item types. The following topics will be covered: The Role of Assessment in the Learning Process, Creating High-Quality Multiple-Choice Stems, Creating High-Quality Multiple-Choice Options, and Analyzing Multiple-Choice Items. Workshop
Assessment Literacy: Developing an Enriched Picture of Student Learning with Free Response Items 3 hrs. This workshop helps educators understand when constructed-response tasks are appropriate assessments, gives them practice developing quality constructed-response tasks, and identifies ways to strengthen grading with score criteria and rubrics. Workshop
Understanding Your ACT Aspire and ACT Student Score Reports   This video shares with you how to understand your ACT Aspire and ACT score reports and how to use them to prepare for the future. Video

 

About the ACT

Popular Downloads


 
Resources for Students
and their Families
 
(PDF, 4 pages)
  Preparing for the ACT*
(PDF, 64 pages)
  Registering Online for
the ACT*

(PDF, 2 pages)
General Information
   

Why Take the ACT? – 
Counselor version

(PDF, 2 pages)

Outlines features and
benefits of the ACT

 

Why Take the ACT? – 
Student version*

(PDF, 2 pages)

Directed toward students,
this flyer outlines features
and benefits of the ACT.

  Why Take the ACT? – 
Spanish version*

(PDF, 2 pages)
   

The ACT User Handbook
for Educators

(PDF, 44 pages)

An overview of the ACT,
preparing for the
assessment, reports and
services and uses
of ACT Data.

 

2015–2017 International
Test Dates

(PDF, 1 page)

List of test dates outside the
U.S., U.S. territories, and
Canada.

 

2015–2017 Test Dates
(PDF, 1 page)

List of national test dates
for easy reference.

Registration

Getting Registered


 
Registering Online for
the ACT*

(PDF, 2 pages)
 

Online Group
Registration

(PDF, 3 pages)

Procedures for school-paid
online registrations for
national test dates.

 

Fee Waiver Eligibility
Requirements and
Procedures

(PDF, 2 pages)

Requirements and
procedures for fee
waivers for National
test dates.

Services for Students with Disabilities
   

Extended Time National
Testing

(PDF, 5 pages)

Information and application
for extended time testing
at a test center on a
national test date

 

ACT Special Testing
(at school)

(PDF, 6 pages)

Information and application
for special testing at school.
Designed for students who
require accommodations that
cannot be provided at a test
center.

 

ACT Arranged Testing
(PDF, 3 pages)

Information and application
for individuals unable to test
at a test center on any date
due to location, faith, or
confinement.

     

Alternate Format Practice
Test Order Form

(PDF, 1 page)

 

DVD Usage Guidelines
(PDF, 2 pages)

   

Preparing for Test Day

 


   
Preparing for the ACT*
(PDF, 64 pages)
 

Preparación para el
examen de ACT*

(PDF, 72 pages)

   
ACT Online Prep
     

ACT Online Prep—
School Version

(PDF, 2 pages)

 

ACT Online Prep—
Student Information
Flyer*

(PDF, 2 pages)

   
     

ACT Sample Test Booklet
Order Form

(PDF, 1 page)

Order practice multiple-
choice tests and practice
writing test booklets

 

 

Alternate Format Practice
Test Order Form

(PDF, 1 page)

   

Results

Using Results


 

ACT Interest Inventory
and World of Work Map

(PDF, 12 pages)

See the connections
between the work world
and the common, everyday
things students like to do.

 

Using Your ACT Results
2015–2016*

(PDF, 8 pages)

 

Using Your ACT Results
2014–2015*

(PDF, 8 pages)

     

Using Your ACT Results
(Spanish) 2015–2016*

(PDF, 8 pages)

 

Using Your ACT Results
(Spanish) 2014–2015*

(PDF, 8 pages)

   
     

ACT Code Numbers for
Colleges and Scholarship
Agencies

(PDF, 16 pages)

 

 

Request for Waiver or
Deferral of College
Admission Application Fee

(PDF, 1 page)

   
Reporting Options        
     
ACT High School
Electronic Score
Reporting Order Form

(PDF, 2 pages)
  ACT Additional Score Report
Order Form*

(PDF, 2 pages)
   
         
Sample Score Reports
     
ACT Student Score Report
2015–2016*

(PDF, 2 pages)
  ACT High School Score
Report 2015–2016*

(PDF, 2 pages)
  ACT College Score Report
2015–2016*

(PDF, 2 pages)
   
ACT Student Score Report
2014–2015*

(PDF, 2 pages)
  ACT High School Score
Report 2014–2015*

(PDF, 2 pages)
  ACT College Score Report
2014–2015*

(PDF, 2 pages)

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