About ACT

Helping People Achieve Education and Workplace Success

Transforming the World of Learning

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness solutions. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career. 

Our Mission

Helping People Achieve Education and Workplace Success

Our Value Proposition


We leverage our research and credibility to validate and certify.


We provide portable, personalized experiences.


We bring our expertise into the lives of individuals and institutions.

Our Guiding Principles


We do everything we can to level the playing field for everyone, regardless of needs, backgrounds, or resources.


We lead the industry through our research and technology, constantly evolving as an integral part of the learning process.


We assess and appreciate each person's unique traits and skills, to help navigate toward college and career success.

ACT Turns 60: Our Past, Present and Future

On November 7, 1959, more than 75,000 students took the first ACT test. And now, nearly 1.8 million 2019 graduates around the U.S.—52 percent of the graduating class—took the ACT test during high school. 

ACT’s work to transform the very nature of learning and measurement over six decades has helped millions of students and career professionals define and achieve success. This year, on our 60th anniversary, we invite you to follow our journey from our past to our future as we continue to transform ourselves and the ecosystem of learning.  

We’ve disrupted the industry once—and we’re ready to do it again.

Our Transformation

When it comes to learning, the classrooms and corporations of the future will look far different than they do today. They will personalize instruction to meet the unique needs of each student and worker. 

They will use the best educational resources available anywhere and make those resources available everywhere. Realizing this vision will require the world’s best ed-tech products and services to work together—easily and automatically—enhancing every step of the educational process. 

Learn how we’re transforming the world of learning.

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