“X Factor” for College Readiness: Perceptions of Education


High school coursework and good grades play a significant role in college readiness, but they aren’t the only factors.

Other student and school characteristics can affect preparedness, including Perceptions of Education.

A student’s perceptions of education—such as college being worth the cost, and completion of a college degree being a priority—are major factors in a student being prepared for college. If a student doesn’t see college as important, or they fear not being able to attend college because of the cost, they might rule out the option altogether.

This is where ACT’s Interest Inventory—which is integrated into multiple ACT solutions—comes in. The tool identifies personal strengths and recommends majors that might be a great fit, which can make the idea of college more real for a student. These career and navigation tools create a platform for counseling and fostering a college-going culture. By going a step further and educating students on the financial aid options available to them, you can help shape and change their perception of education completely.

Learn more in one of our latest eBooks, The “X Factors” of College Readiness. Other “X Factors” in the eBook include:

  • Student Motivation and Goals
  • Parent Involvement
  • Social Engagement
  • Economic and Cultural Makeup of Student Body
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

By paying close attention to these “X Factors,” your school can help students become more ready for college, and set them up for a lifetime of success.

eBook: The X Factors of College Readiness