Features and Benefits

ACT Engage® Grades 6–9 is an extremely powerful and cost-effective way for educators to improve their graduation rates and directly reach students whose personal challenges go unreported in standardized academic tests.

ACT developed ACT Engage to measure students' behaviors and psychosocial attributes, which are critical but often overlooked components of their success. Backed by our enduring expertise in research, ACT Engage can predict—with a remarkable degree of accuracy—how likely each of your students is to graduate high school, and whether they will earn at least a 2.0 GPA.

ACT Engage is easy for schools to administer because it requires minimal advance planning. In just 30 minutes (one class period), without the pressure of a high-stakes assessment, students answer 106 simple questions about themselves. You will have online reports available immediately that you can use to make a greater impact in your students' lives.

Here's an overview of what ACT Engage measures:

Domain ACT Engage Scale Definition
Personal characteristics that help students to succeed academically by focusing and maintaining energies on goal-directed activities.
Academic Discipline Degree to which a student is hardworking and conscientious as evidenced by the amount of effort invested into completing schoolwork.
Commitment to School Commitment to stay in high school and obtain a diploma.
Optimism Having a hopeful outlook about the future in spite of difficulties or challenges.
Social Engagement
Interpersonal factors that influence students' successful integration or adaptation into their environment.
Family Attitude toward Education Positive family attitude regarding the value of education.
Family Involvement Family involvement in a student’s school life and activities.
Relationships with School Personnel The extent to which students relate to school personnel as part of their connection to school.
School Safety Climate School qualities related to a student’s perception of security at school.
Cognitive and affective processes used to monitor, regulate, and control behavior related to learning.
Managing Feelings Tendency to manage duration and intensity of negative feelings and to find appropriate ways to express these feelings.
Orderly Conduct Tendency to behave appropriately in class and avoid disciplinary action.
Thinking before Acting Tendency to think about the consequences of one’s actions before acting.