ACT Launches New PreACT Test for 10th Graders

New Assessment Will Help Prepare Students for ACT Testing Experience, Predict ACT Score

ACT today announces the launch of PreACT™, a 10th grade multiple-choice assessment that helps students prepare for the experience of taking the ACT® test and provides information regarding their future performance on the exam. The new test will be available to schools, districts and states starting in the fall.

“PreACT will provide valuable insights on college and career readiness to students, educators and schools while students still have time to make adjustments and improve,” said ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda. “It’s an affordable tool to help empower students and educators with information they can use to better prepare for the ACT and the future.”

The paper-based PreACT is patterned after the ACT, using the same types of test questions, same score scale, and same format. It is designed to model the ACT test experience, providing students with the ultimate preparation and practice.

PreACT includes exams in English, mathematics, reading and science, just like the ACT test, but does not have a writing test. Scores will be reported on the same 1-36 scale as the ACT, but PreACT includes fewer questions and will take less time to administer than the ACT.

Through the free ACT Interest Inventory, PreACT will also provide insights to help students explore college major and career options and start planning for their future.

“We developed PreACT to meet a need for a 10th grade measurement and guidance tool that can be administered easily and affordably and that offers fast, helpful results,” said Suzana Delanghe, ACT chief commercial officer. “The introduction of this new assessment is a direct result of ACT listening to what our customers are telling us and taking action on their feedback.”

PreACT score reports will offer a broad view of students’ college and career readiness, identifying academic strengths and areas for improvement and providing information about careers that match students interests. School score reports will provide data to help teachers and counselors target interventions, inform classroom instruction and guide students in course selection.

PreACT, ACT Online Prep and the ACT test form a sequence of college and career readiness solutions for students from grade 10 through graduation. The sequence joins ACT Aspire Early High School in ACT’s menu of offerings for the high school level.

Schools, districts and states can begin ordering PreACT in May. The cost will be $12 per student tested.

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