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One-stop resource for Going to College

Introducing a new one-stop resource for everything high school counselors, students, and family members need to support students through the college-going process. focuses on four key milestones in the journey to college:

  1. Navigate the college admissions process
  2. Help students get money for college
  3. Help with College Signing Day
  4. Transition from high school to college

Using Your ACT Score Report: A Tool to Shape Your Future

ACT score reports will be available online 2 to 8 weeks after each national or international test date. For students who took the writing test, score reports will be ready within 5 to 8 weeks after the test date.

Your students may be wondering if they’re ready for
college or if the major they’re considering is a good fit. Knowing how to use
the right planning tools can help you guide them through this important time in
their life. In September 2016, we enhanced our score reports to help you and
your students get the most from their test results.

The ACT Score Report can help your students answer these 7 questions:

  1. Am I ready for college?
  2. Will I get into the college I want?
  3. Do I qualify for scholarships?
  4. Should I take the act test again?
  5. How can I improve my score?
  6. What majors fit me best?
  7. What career should I consider?

There’s a lot of information provided in the new ACT score report. Learn how to put the report to work for you and help your students on the path to success.

Advice from College Admissions Professionals

The ACT® test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. Learn how college admissions officers are using ACT data to make enrollment decisions.

Each year, ACT brings college admissions professionals together at the Enrollment Planners Conference to discuss the strategies and tools they use when selecting students for admission to their institution. We asked several attendees to provide us with their best advice for school counselors to help them prepare students for success.

Watch what these 6 admissions officials had to share.

Seeking 2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Champions Applications!

ACT College and Career Readiness Champions make a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness. Those who qualify are:

  • High school seniors
  • K-12 professionals
  • Postsecondary professionals
  • Workforce professionals

The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success. ACT State Councils serve as the selection committee and select one Champion per category for each participating state. ACT Champions receive recognition awards and individual certificates. In addition, Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship.

Applications can be found here and are due December 31, 2017. Champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018.

Please help us spread the news about the ACT College and Career Readiness Champions and/or apply!

Upcoming Dates


October 1, 2017

National ACT® Test—October 28

Late Registration Deadline: October 6, 2017

Webinar: Does SEL Make a Difference?

October - Watch your inbox for details

Association for Middle Level Education

  • November 6–8, 2017
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Visit us at booth #127

College and Career Readiness Workshops

Don't miss out! Learn how to boost student success. Your colleagues are saying “This information will be great to use at our fall open houses!” Register today to attend an ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop near you! 

Product Spotlight

ACT Tessera

In recent years an undisputed amount of evidence has emerged to establish how critical Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are for success in school, college, careers, and life satisfaction and fulfillment. Read the research. Gaining a clear, accurate understanding of existing student skills and strengths is essential in order to target interventions. And, highly-effective SEL skill building efforts depend on a reliable assessment.

ACT Tessera is a robust, next-generation online assessment that gives students, parents, teachers, and schools a comprehensive view of SEL.

“What we’ve built is an assessment of these social and emotional skills,” Rich Roberts, Vice President and Chief Scientist, Research at ACT said “but it’s more than that because it has feedback and action plans that get given back to the kids.”

The new system includes assessments for middle and high school students (grades 6-12), as well as actionable lesson plans for teachers looking to integrate SEL into their classrooms. Tessera uses advanced methodology to deliver highly valid results and user-friendly reports. Equipped with this data, schools and students can support holistic self-knowledge, goal-setting and continuous improvement.

Educational leaders across the country are enthusiastically embracing Tessera’s next generation SEL assessment system. “I’m really excited to be using Tessera with my high school students this year—and they are excited, too, to be getting their results and learning more about themselves” said Eve Rifkin, Director of College Access at City High School in Tucson, Arizona.

For those administering both Tessera and ACT Aspire, Tessera is now available in the ACT Aspire Portal—the secure site where you will perform administrative tasks associated with managing and delivering the assessment—bringing student data and test session management for both assessments onto a single system. 

Learn more about how Tessera can help you accurately assess your students’ Social and Emotional Learning skills. 

“We can capitalize on these strengths while explicitly teaching and strengthening the areas most students struggle in.”

–Principal, Salt Lake City, UT