ACT Explore

Overview

ACT Explore is no longer available for purchase. ACT will support ACT Explore testing after June 13, 2014 only where pre-existing contractual obligations necessitate. If your school or district is testing under a special contract, please continue to follow instructions from your state’s department of education or other contracting agency regarding ACT Explore testing in 2014–2015.

ACT has launched our new student readiness assessment system, ACT Aspire™. ACT Aspire is the first computer-based longitudinal assessment system connecting student progress from the elementary grades through high school in the context of college and career readiness.

ACT Aspire has replaced ACT Explore and ACT Plan programs.

ACT Aspire is now available to meet your college and career readiness assessment needs for grade 3 through early high school. ACT is fully committed to providing you with the tools and support needed to migrate successfully to ACT Aspire.

For Students

Taking ACT EXPLORE as an 8th or 9th grader tells you things you need to know to plan your high school courses, prepare for the ACT Test, think about college, or choose a career direction. ACT Explore includes four multiple-choice tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Your skills in these subjects will make a big difference—in school and, eventually, in your career. Your ACT Explore score report will help identify your strengths and areas where you need improvement.

Subject Number of Questions How Long It Takes
English 40 30 minutes
Math 30 30 minutes
Reading 30 30 minutes
Science 28 30 minutes

Timeline

ACT Explore is no longer available for purchase. ACT will support ACT Explore testing after June 13, 2014 only where pre-existing contractual obligations necessitate. If your school or district is testing under a special contract, please continue to follow instructions from your state’s department of education or other contracting agency regarding ACT Explore testing in 2014–2015.

Following is the process for administering ACT Explore. Questions? Call Customer Services at 1.877.789.2925.

  • Order test materials at least four weeks before testing.
  • Communicate with parents and students about the benefits of ACT Explore.
  • Review the ACT Explore Test Supervisor's Manual and share test administration details with school staff.
  • Prepare your students for test day.
  • Administer the ACT Explore test as scheduled by school.
  • Return answer folders to ACT for scoring. Answer folders must be received at ACT by June 12th in order to be scored.
  • Districts will receive district-level reports and copies of school-level reports after the answer document return deadline stated on the online order form.
  • Distribute and review student score reports with students and families.
  • Share and discuss aggregate data results with staff.
  • Develop intervention plans for identified areas of need based on reported data.