PreACT: Classroom Practice for the ACT

Educators are navigating a rocky path to close learning gaps during a pandemic while continuing to help students achieve college and career readiness. We truly appreciate everything you’re doing to help this generation of learners.

Let us be a compass to help guide your students in determining the best ways to achieve their goals. PreACT assessments can give students a clearer path in making college decisions—boosting their momentum throughout their journey toward college preparedness.

The First Step Toward Preparing Students for the ACT Test

PreACT® 8/9 and PreACT® offer 8th, 9th, and 10th graders an early experience with ACT test items, provides a predicted ACT test score, and offers a wealth of information to help students get the start they need to be college ready. 

Anchored on the ACT college and career readiness standards, PreACT assessments help educators, students, and parents, identify areas of academic strength and opportunity. Students may opt to have their information shared with colleges and scholarship agencies when they take PreACT 8/9 or PreACT, providing greater opportunities for recruitment and scholarship awards.  

One ACT Solution Builds on the Next

PreACT Continuum graphic

PreACT 8/9 and PreACT Comparison Chart

Features PreACT 8/9 PreACT
Validated Standards and Benchmarks Based on validated ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and ACT College Readiness Benchmarks Based on validated ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
Scoring and Score Predictions Aligned to the ACT 1-36 score scale. Provides predicted score ranges for the PreACT and ACT Subject and Composite scores. PreACT 8/9 also provides a STEM score. Aligned to the ACT 1-36 score scale. Provides predicted score ranges for the ACT Subject and Composite scores. PreACT also provides a STEM score.
Educator and Student Reports Multiple reports including: Item Response Summary Report by Grade, Student Report, Educator Reports, and more. Multiple reports including: Item Response Summary Report by Grade, Student Report, Educator Reports, and more.
Career and Navigation Career suggestions based on student goals and interests are provided based on answers to the Student Profile and Interest Inventory. Career suggestions based on student goals and interests are provided based on answers to the Student Profile and Interest Inventory.
Grades Grades 8-9 Grade 10
Flexible Administration and Quick Implementation Materials received quickly and schools choose when to test. Materials received quickly and schools choose when to test.

Using PreACT

Determine College and Career Readiness

PreACT provides indicators helping students, parents, and educators determine their readiness for college and career success. 

Create a Pathway to Success

With predicted performance on PreACT and the ACT, your students can have an earlier indication of success and a starting point to the path of college. 

Course Placement 

Set students up for success by placing them in the correct level during critical transition points from junior high to high school. 

 

Create a College Going Culture

Start counseling students earlier on their college and career options by utilizing the Student Profile and Interest Inventory. 

College and Career Readiness Day

Consider establishing a College and Career Readiness Day—a specific day dedicated to the readiness of your students. Your school can shut down the bells and deliver all assessments on the same day. 

Leverage Federal Funding

Learn more about how to improve outcomes for students by understanding your funding options and how they align to ACT solutions.

Success Stories

How PreACT helps schools and communities come together for student success.

Research Reports

Read the research about how PreACT benefits schools and students.

Resources

All the tools you need to administer PreACT in your classroom.

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