PreACT 8/9: Kansas

Important Dates

Spring Test Dates:

  • Testing Window: February 1, 2021 - March 5, 2021
  • Material Ordering Window: January 4, 2021 - February 19, 2021
  • Answer Document Return Deadline: March 19, 2021
     

        Spring Schedule of Events (pdf)
 

 

Contact Information

ACT General Questions:
877.789.2925
Website
preact@act.org

State Policy Questions:
Kansas State Department of Education
Phone: 785.296.3201
Website

 

 

Test Administration Process Overview

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that section, or simply scroll down the page.

  1. Orientation - Get oriented with the testing program.
  2. Configuration - Configure testing setup and systems.
  3. Verification - Verify needs for accommodations and supports.
  4. Preparation - Prepare for testing.
  5. Administration - Administer the test successfully.
  6. Transportation -  Transport materials and data back to ACT.
  7. Interpretation - Interpret score reports and test data.

Orientation

Get oriented with the testing program.

Activity: Learn About PreACT

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Configuration

Configure testing setup and systems.

Activity: Make Staff Arrangements

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Activity: Order Test Materials

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Tip: Order your test materials three weeks before your test date.  This will allow time for delivery and check-in of your test materials and time for your students to complete the examinee information prior to testing.

Tip: Orders will be placed through the CCRIS online ordering system.  You may access the system through an existing CCRIS account or by creating a new account.

Tip: Select the correct contract (program) from the Choose Program dropdown menu in CCRS.  Selecting the incorrect contract will affect your reporting and invoicing.

Tip: Be sure to select the appropriate organization.

Tip: Order one PreACT Test Material Package for each student that will test.  ACT will include an overage in each order.

 

Verification

Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Activity: Arrange for Accommodations and/or Support

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Tip: Administering PreACT 8/9 with accommodations or English learner supports does not require prior approval from ACT.  You will order alternate format test materials or materials for English learners at the same time you order your PreACT Test Material Packages.

Preparation

Prepare for testing.

Activity: Prepare Your Facility

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Activity: Prepare Your Staff

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Tip: Hold a training session with all testing staff (new and experienced) before test day. Suggested topics to cover during the training session are in your administration manual.

Activity: Prepare Your Students

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Activity: Prepare Your Testing Materials

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Tip: Review the “Check-In and Security of Test Materials” section of the Administration Manual (linked above) before receiving your shipment. Have it available to refer to while unpacking your test materials.

Activity: Complete Non-Test Activities

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Tip: When entering name and address on the answer document (blocks B and P-S), be sure examinees:

    • Start with the first box and first column in block
    • Fill in the appropriate oval for each letter in addition to printing them in the boxes.
    • Fill in only one oval per column
       

    Tip: Make sure examinees properly enter the form code into the Test Form block on their answer documents. This is essential to the answer documents being scored properly.

Tip: Plan 60 minutes to complete the examinee information sections prior to administering the subject tests.

Tip: Mark accommodation code on the answer folder for any examinee receiving accommodations.

Administration 

Administer the test successfully.

Activity: Read the Adminstration Manual

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Activity: Access and Use Testing Supplements

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Transportation

Transport materials and data back to ACT.

Activity: Return Test Materials

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Tip: The instructions for collecting, packing, and returning test materials are linked above.

Tip: Test coordinators should verify completeness and accuracy of materials received from room supervisors before returning answer documents to ACT. Check that all Test Administration Forms are filled out and check that the test form code is properly gridded on each answer document.

Tip: Test coordinators need to completely fill out the front of the polymailer envelope(s).

Tip: When packing the processing envelopes, about 250 answer documents can fit in each Tyvek scoring envelope. 

Tip: Do not return unused answer documents or any PreACT test materials.

Tip: Return the answer documents for all testing (standard, accommodations, or make-up) in the same shipment.

Tip: The polymailer envelopes include prepaid FedEx return shipping labels already affixed.  You may leave the packed polymailer envelopes in a secure FedEx pick-up area at your site or FedEx drop-off site.  Do not leave your packed polymailer envelopes in an unsupervised pick or drop-off site.