Features and Benefits

ACT Engage® College is an extremely powerful and cost-effective way for colleges to improve their first-year retention 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 as they enter college. Backed by our enduring expertise in research, ACT Engage can predict—with a remarkable degree of accuracy—how likely each of your incoming freshmen is to return for a second year, and whether they will earn at least a 2.0 GPA.

ACT Engage is easy for colleges to administer and requires minimal advance planning; it will easily fit into any orientation program you have in place. In just 30 minutes, without the pressure of a high-stakes assessment, students answer 108 simple questions about themselves. You will have online reports available immediately that you can use to retain students and help them succeed at your institution.

Here's an overview of what ACT Engage measures:

Domain ACT Engage Scale Definition
Motivation & Skills
Personal characteristics that help students to succeed academically by focusing and maintaining energies on goal-directed activities.
Academic Discipline The amount of effort a student puts into schoolwork and the degree to which a student sees him-/herself as hardworking and conscientious.
General Determination The extent to which one strives to follow through on commitments and obligations.
Goal Striving The strength of one's efforts to achieve objectives and end goals.
Commitment to College Commitment to staying in college and getting a degree.
Study Skills The extent to which students believe they know how to assess an academic problem, organize a solution, and successfully complete academic assignments.
Communication Skills Attentiveness to others' feelings and flexibility in resolving conflicts with others.
Social Engagement
Interpersonal factors that influence students' successful integration or adaptation into their environment.
Social Connection One's feelings of connection and involvement with the school community.
Social Activity One's comfort in meeting and interacting with other people.
Self-Regulation
Cognitive and affective processes used to monitor, regulate, and control behavior related to learning.
Academic Self-Confidence The belief in one's ability to perform well in school.
Steadiness One's responses to and management of strong feelings.