Careers at ACT: Freelance Content Development Opportunities

Work with ACT

ACT is looking for educators from grades 6-12 and college to develop or review materials for education-focused assessments. Knowledge of specific domains and direct teaching experience are preferred. ACT is also looking to work with individuals who have subject-matter expertise to develop or review questions for workplace assessments, especially in the fields of healthcare, manufacturing, automotive, IT, financial services, energy, and other high-tech occupations.

Item Writers & Content Reviewers for Assessments

Education & Workforce

ACT Item Writers and Content Reviewers are educators and practitioners from across the United States.

For educational assessments, Content Reviewers ensure that our English, Reading, Math, and Science Tests are accurate, error-free, and represent what is taught in classrooms nationwide. Content reviewers help ensure our materials are accessible to students of all backgrounds.

For workforce assessments, we seek Item Writers and Content Reviewers with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and real-world work experience, especially in healthcare, manufacturing, IT, and green jobs. Item Writers develop questions that require individuals to read and interpret information, perform applied math, and locate information in tables and graphs. The experience of both Item Writers and Content Reviewers helps us create realistic test questions. 

Fairness and Accessibility/Universal Design Consultants

ACT's goal is to find reviewers who are sensitive to and knowledgeable about the issues of diversity and inclusion, and who can effectively apply those skills in evaluating the fairness of materials for standardized tests. 

ACT's pool of consultants is diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, and geographic background. Experience at the secondary or postsecondary levels working with populations of color, populations with disabilities, and/or ESL (English as a second language) populations is highly desirable. 

Additional information specific to Content and Fairness Consulting for English and Reading.

Complete the Consultant Questionnaire

The first step is to create an ACT Central account. Once you have an account, fill out the Consultant Questionnaire in the Supplier Engagement portal, and upload a copy of your resume with your submission. 

Shortly after submitting your completed questionnaire, you will receive an acknowledgment of your submission. You can track your approval status and assignment invitations through our Supplier Engagement portal within ACT Central. If you have questions at any time, you can email

About our Products and Services 


  • The ACT® test, typically administered to college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders, is based on and oriented toward the major areas of secondary and postsecondary instructional programs. Learn more about the ACT test
  • PreACT® offers 8th-10th graders an early experience with ACT test items and provides insights regarding a predicted ACT test score. Learn more about PreACT . 
  • ACT WorkKeys® assessments are the cornerstone of ACT workforce solutions. The assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace. Learn more about ACT WorkKeys
  • Mosaic by ACT® is a comprehensive learning solution featuring an adaptive academic learning platform, robust SEL resources, and learning and professional services for districts and schools. Learn more about Mosaic by ACT.

ACT's Commitment to Fairness

It is ACT's goal to accurately assess what students can do with what they know in the content areas covered by ACT's resident testing programs and the numerous K–12 state assessment programs for which ACT develops tests.

If factors other than academic skills and knowledge in these content areas were allowed to intrude, ACT would provide a less accurate picture of what students know and can do and would risk subjecting students to situations in which their performance might be adversely affected by unfair test materials. ACT is therefore committed to fairness both in principle and in the interest of accuracy in all its tests. 

ACT endorses the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education (2004)  and the obligations to test takers it imposes on those who develop, administer, and use educational tests and data.

At ACT, the work of ensuring test fairness starts with the design of the test specifications and then continues through every stage of the test development process, including item (question) writing and review, item pretesting, item selection and forms construction, and forms review. ACT makes every effort to see that all the tests are fair to the populations for whom the tests are intended.