ACT Research Study and Partnership Opportunities

National ACT College Success Research Partnership

Join ACT® and other postsecondary institutions in participating in the National ACT College Success Research Partnership. The goal is to collaborate on a broad agenda of research related to student success and the use of ACT Data.

Possible areas of research include:

  • Evaluating relationships between college readiness indicators and college success
  • Exploring a holistic view of student readiness that leads to college success
  • Examing pre-college factors related to college success for special populations of students
  • Determinig information that is useful for identifying at-risk students

Benefits of the Partnership

  • Receive selected free institution-specific reports
  • Receive matched ACT and local college outcomes data
  • Receive aggregate reports and conference presentation materials from the study
  • Participate in free ACT webinars
  • Co-present at conferences 

Learn more about this study.

Examine the Use of ACT Test English Language Arts and Writing Scores

Partner with ACT to learn more about how the new ACT English Language Arts (ELS) and enhanced writing scores relate to students' chances of succes in typical first-year reading-and-writing intensive courses at your institution and nationally.

Benefits of the Partnership:

  • Receive a free ACT Course Placement Report for specific English and social science courses
  • Receive an aggregate report of the multi-institutional results

Learn more about this study.

The Use of ACT Scores for International Students

Learn more about how ACT scores relate to college outcomes for international students at your institution and nationally.

Benefits of the Partnership

  • Receive selected free institution-specific reports
  • Receive a matched ACT data file for use in your own institutional research projects
  • Receive aggregate reports and conference presentation materials from multi-institutional studies
  • Participate in free ACT webinars

Learn more about this study.

ACT WorkKeys/NCRC Efficacy Study

Learn more about how ACT WorkKeys® scores relate to grades, program completion, productivity, job performance rating, and more.

Participating institutions will receive free analyses of relevant outcomes.

For adults in the workforce, this could include:

  • Time-to-employment, retention, wages
  • Training time and success
  • Supervisor ratings
  • Productivity and customer satisfaction

For high school, college, or career training program sudents, this could include:

  • Courses taken, course grades, high school GPA
  • Program enrollment and completion
  • Attendance
  • Disciplinary incidents
  • AP/IB/Honors and Career and Technical Education courses taken and grades

Learn more about this study.

ACT Tessera College Pilot Study

ACT recently developed a version of ACT Tessera® for postsecondary use. Institutions can explore the new version for free as a participant in this pilot study.

Benefits of the Partnership

  • Free assessments for unlimited number of students
  • Sortable roster report detailing students' scores
  • Report describing your students as a whole and how they compare to students at other colleges and universities

Learn more about this study.