The ACT

Assessing Academic Growth for College and Career Readiness

The ACT® test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college.

  • The ACT motivates students to perform to their best ability and often results in increased college enrollment, especially for underrepresented students.
  • Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention.
  • To support college and career planning, the ACT career exploration component helps students identify personally relevant career options.

The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System. The test uses the same score scale as EXPLORE® and PLAN®, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.