Counselor Toolkit

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2019-2020 Counselor's Guide

ACT is about more than just a test. We offer products and services that open doors, build confidence, and unleash the potential of your students. As a counselor, you’re incredibly busy, so we want to make understanding and using our tools as simple as possible.Use this guide as a resource to share with your students. There’s no telling how far you can help them go.

Popular Resources for Counselors and Educators

Help your students prepare for the ACT test. Find useful information about registration, preparing for test date or order paper materials such as ACT Fee Waivers or ACT Registration Flyers.


Student Success Recognition Clubs Toolkit

In the spirit of our mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success, ACT has built a free Student Success Recognition Club Toolkit (“Club Kits”) that contains everything a school or district needs to create an ACT success recognition club (“ACT Club”)! ACT has created this best practices document to support the implementation process. We look forward to helping schools and districts celebrate student success!


Advice from Admissions Officials to Help You Prepare Your Students for College

The types of courses students take in high school can prepare them for college.

There are many advantages to going to a Community College.

A couple ways to open doors for students to potential careers.

Recorded Webinars for K-12 Professionals

It's More Than Just Test Prep

How a connected system can impact ACT test preparedness and create a college-going culture.

Covering All the Angles of Student Success

Using many sources to inform admissions and student support decisions.

Does Teaching SEL Make a Difference?

The positive effects of SEL instruction in the classroom.

School Safety and Climate

School leaders identify school safety as one of the most pressing challenges they face today. 

Counselor Newsletter

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Want to stay in the loop? Sign up for our monthly counselor newsletter to recieve helpful information about the ACT test, ACT learning solutions, professional development tools, and student support resources!

Helpful eBooks

Senior Year

How to avoid the senior slide.

Junior Year

Five questions to ask while college planning.

Sophomore Year

Prepare for the future during your sophomore year.

Freshman Year

Starting your high school journey.


3 Stages of Taking a College Entrance Exam

Become prepared and confident for the ACT test.

Your ACT Score Report

Understand and use your scores to plan your future.

Financial Aid

How to pay for college.

College and Career Planning

Preparing for what's next.

College and Career Planning Articles

Reasons to Retest

Should I take the ACT test again?

Exploring College Alternatives

Consider all of your options.

How to Avoid Senioritis

Finishing senior year strong.

Practice Good Learning Habits

Routines to help you succeed.


6 Steps to Test Success

Achieving the score you want.

How to Master a Campus Tour

Before, during, and after.

Applying for College

Start planning now.

How to Choose a Major

10 tips to focus your college goals.

Recursos para estudiantes y padres

¿Sabía quey padres ACT tiene recursos para estudiantes y sus padres que hablan español? Estas herramientas útiles incluyen:

  • Artículos, libros electrónicos y herramientas de planificación útiles
  • Guías para cada grado
  • Examen ACT de práctica gratuito

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My Success Campaign

Success is as unique as a fingerprint—and so is the journey to achieve it. Join the My Success community to access free learning resources, ACT test tips, financial aid information, success stories, and more.

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