ACT Aspire Exemplar Items

ACT Aspire incorporates multiple question types including constructed response, selected response, and technology-enhanced items to better assess student knowledge and provide more meaningful insights.

Student Sandbox and Exemplar Booklets

We have developed two resources designed to help students, parents, educators, and policymakers become familiar with ACT Aspire test presentation and content. These resources, the Student Sandbox and the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, illustrate the different types of test questions and formats found in both paper-based and computer-based testing modes.

Users may also interact with TestNav tools and functionality by using the TestNav 8 Tutorial below.

Student Sandbox (TestNav8)

The Student Sandbox provides students an opportunity to become familiar not only with ACT Aspire test questions, but also with navigating the TestNav test platform. Like the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, the Student Sandbox will present at least one test question for each reporting category for a given test.

The Student Sandbox should be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone. 

Accessing the Student Sandbox

  • Locate username and password information by selecting a subject from the tabs below.
  • Click on the "Student Sandbox Login" button below to open the login screen for the Student Sandbox.
 

Exemplar Test Question Booklets

ACT Aspire has developed a booklet for each grade and subject that defines ACT Aspire reporting categories for each test. These booklets present at least one test question aligned to each of the reporting categories on a given test. Depth of Knowledge level (DOK), a description of the task presented by the test question, and a description of the correct response are also provided, along with Improvement Idea Statements to help students build on their current level of skill and knowledge.

 

English Login Information

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English Grade 3 english3 actaspire
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English Grade 9 & 10 Early High School (EHS) englishEHS actaspire

English Exemplar Test Question Booklets

Math Logins Information

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Math Grade 3 math3 actaspire
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Math Grade 5 math5 actaspire
Math Grade 6 math6 actaspire
Math Grade 7 math7 actaspire
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Math Grade 9 & 10 Early High School (EHS) mathEHS actaspire
Math Text-To-Speech mathTTS actaspire

Reading Login Information

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Reading Grade 3 reading3 actaspire
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Reading Grade 9 & 10 Early High School (EHS) readingEHS actaspire

Reading Exemplar Test Question Booklets

Science Login Information

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Science Grade 3 science3 actaspire
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Science Grade 7 science7 actaspire
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Science Grade 9 & 10 Early High School (EHS) scienceEHS actaspire

Science Exemplar Test Question Booklets

Writing Login Information

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Writing Grade 3 writing3 actaspire
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Writing Grade 6 writing6 actaspire
Writing Grade 7 writing7 actaspire
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Writing Grade 9 & 10 Early High School (EHS) writingEHS actaspire

Writing Exemplar Test Question Booklets

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Item Counts

Item Counts are listed below by Content Area, Grade Levels, Item Type, and Total Items for the Summative Assessments. Technology-enhanced items are under development and thus their counts are subject to change. All ACT Aspire Summative items are new development – written and coded to the Common Core State Standards.

Table 15. Points and Proportion of Points by Item Type for ACT Aspire Science Assessments
 
Grade Level
  3 4 5 6 7 8 EHS
Total 36 36 36 40 40 40 40
MC 18-19 18-19 18-19 22-23 22-23 23-24 23-24
  .50-.53 .50-.53 .50-.53 .55-.58 .55-.58 .58-.60 .58-.60
TE 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4 3-4
  .08-.11 .08-.11 .08-.11 .08-.10 .08-.10 .08-.10 .08-.10
CR 14 14 14 14 14 13 13
  0.39 0.39 0.39 0.35 0.35 0.33 0.33


Notes: EHS=Early High School (Grades 9 and 10); MC=Multiple-Choice; TE=Technology-Enhanced; CR=Constructed-Response. Paper-and-pencil tests do not have TE items. MC items are used in their place.

Table 6. Points and Proportion of Points by Item Type for ACT Aspire Reading Assessments
 
Grade Level
  3 4 5 6 7 8 EHS
Total 28 28 28 29 29 31 31
MC 18-19 18-19 18-19 18-19 18-19 20-21 20-21
  .64-.68 .64-.68 .64-.68 .62-.66 .62-.66 .65-.68 .65-.68
TE 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 0-1 0-1
  .07-.11 .07-.11 .07-.11 .07-.10 .07-.10 0-.03 0-.03
CR 8 8 8 8 8 10 10
  0.29 0.29 0.29 0.28 0.28 0.32 0.32


Notes: EHS=Early High School (Grades 9 and 10); MC=Multiple-Choice; TE=Technology-Enhanced; CR=Constructed-Response. Paper-and-pencil tests do not have TE items. MC items are used in their place.

Table 3. Points and Proportion of Points by Item Type for ACT Aspire English Assessments
 
Grade Level
  3 4 5 6 7 8 EHS
Total 25 25 25 35 35 35 50
MC 21-22 21-22 21-22 31-33 31-33 33-35 48-50
  .84-.88 .84-.88 .84-.88 .89-.94 .89-.94 .94-1.0 .94-1.0
TE 3-4 3-4 3-4 2-4 2-4 0-2 0-2
  .12-.16 .12-.16 .12-.16 .06-.11 .06-.11 0-.06 0-.04


Notes: EHS=Early High School (Grades 9 and 10); MC=Multiple-Choice; TE=Technology-Enhanced; CR=Constructed-Response. Paper-and-pencil tests do not have TE items. MC items are used in their place.

Table 12. Points and Proportion of Points by Item Type for ACT Aspire Math Assessments
 
Grade Level
  3 4 5 6 7 8 EHS
Total 37 37 37 46 46 53 53
MC 15-16 15-16 15-16 24-25 24-25 27-29 27-29
  .41-.43 .41-.43 .41-.43 .52-.54 .52-.54 .51-.55 .51-.55
TE 5-6 5-6 5-6 5-6 5-6 4-6 4-6
  .14-.16 .14-.16 .14-.16 .11-.13 .11-.13 .08-.11 .08-.11
CR 16 16 16 16 16 20 20
  0.43 0.43 0.43 0.35 0.35 0.38 0.38


Notes: EHS=Early High School (Grades 9 and 10); MC=Multiple-Choice; TE=Technology-Enhanced; CR=Constructed-Response. Paper-and-pencil tests do not have TE items. MC items are used in their place.

Table 11. Points by content category for the ACT Aspire Writing Assessments
 
Grade Level
Writing 3 4 5 6 7 8 EHS
Total Points 20 20 20 24 24 24 24
Ideas and Analysis 5 5 5 6 6 6 6
Development and Support 5 5 5 6 6 6 6
Organization 5 5 5 6 6 6 6
Language Use and Conventions 5 5 5 6 6 6 6


Note: All writing prompts have been assigned to DOK Level 3.