PreACT: North Carolina

Important Dates

  • Testing Window: October 12, 2020 - May 14, 2021
  • Answer Document Return Date (ADRD): June 1, 2021

 

 

Documents will be replaced as they become available for fall 2020 testing

 

 

Quick Links

Contact Information

ACT General Questions:
800.525.3731
PreACT website
PreACT Contact Form

State Policy Questions:
Please contact your Regional Accountability Coordinator (RAC)

 

 

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: You can track test materials shipments using Orders & Shipment Tracking. See the View Status and Shipment Information section in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide.

1. Verify the enrollment count (the number of examinees expected to test) in PearsonAccessnext listed for:
  • Standard Time Testing
  • Accommodations Formats, Braille Formats, and Translated Test Instructions for English Learners
2. Check that all newly-enrolled students are in PearsonAccessnext by going to Setup, then Students
3. Enroll/unenroll examinees if the enrollment is not accurate

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Tip: To verify accommodations/supports counts, run an Accommodations and Supports Roster in PearsonAccessnext.

Tip: The PreACT Test Materials Package includes the test booklets, answer documents, Administration Manuals, and other materials you will need to administer PreACT.  Order one PreACT Test Material Package for every student who will be testing, including students who will test with accommodations or English learner supports. ACT will include an overage in each order.

Tip: Districts that order test materials on behalf of their schools will receive district reporting.  Please make note of the Answer Documents Receipt Date provided in the order confirmation webpage and email.  Answer documents received after this date may not be included in your district reporting.

Verification

Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Activity: Arrange for Accommodations and/or Supports

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Tip: Administering PreACT 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 in PearsonAccessnext.

 

Preparation

Prepare for testing.

Activity: Prepare Your Facility

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Activity: Prepare Your Staff

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Activity: Prepare Your Testing Materials

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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.

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: 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: Do not return unused answer documents or any unused 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. Two options are available for materials return:
1) Schedule a FedEx pickup for materials return.
2) You may also drop off materials at a staffed FedEx location. Please obtain a receipt for tracking purposes. Do not leave polymailers at an unsupervised drop-off location.