PreACT: North Carolina

Important Dates


  • Testing Window: October 14, 2019 - November 22, 2019
  •  Material Ordering Window: September 16, 2019 - November 1, 2019 (Place orders at Least 3-4 weeks before testing starts)
  •  Answer Document Return Deadline (ADRD): December 6, 2019



Contact Information

ACT General Questions:
PreACT website

State Policy Questions:
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 
Please contact your Regional Accountability Coordinator (RAC) if you have policy questions that aren't answered by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 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.


Get oriented with the testing program.

Learn About PreACT

PreACT is a multiple-choice assessment that offers 10th graders 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.

Tips for Success

  • Bookmark the url for your state’s testing website (this site) and check back frequently for updated information and content.
  • Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) by browsing these sections for ACT WorkKeys. You can see a brief description, action items, and resources associated with each stage to help you get a feel for the testing timeline. Content will be linked as it becomes available.
  • Watch for emails from ACT with important reminders. Add our email address to your contacts to prevent emails from going to spam/junk folders.


Configure testing setup and systems.

Make Staff Arrangements

Order Test Materials


  • ACT recommends that you order your test materials three weeks before your test date.  This will allow two weeks for delivery of your test materials via FedEx Ground (free) shipping and another week for you to prepare your site for testing.
  • Test material orders will be placed through the CCRIS online ordering system.  You may access the system using an existing CCRIS account to use other ACT products or create a new account.
  • The CCRIS ordering system allows you to attach yourself to multiple organizations.  When placing test material orders through CCRIS, be sure you select the appropriate organization.
  • Test materials should be ordered at the district level by the district test coordinator.  District test coordinators should place orders for each school.
  • The CCRIS ordering system allows you to order test materials under different contracts, if you are eligible to participate in more than one.  Be sure you select the correct contract (program) from the Choose Program dropdown menu.  Selecting the incorrect contract will affect your reporting and invoicing for testing.
  • 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.
  • Order only the number of PreACT Test Material Packages that you will administer.  ACT will include an overage in each order.
  • Administering PreACT with accommodations or English learner supports does not prior approval from ACT.  You may order alternate format test materials or materials for English learners at the same time you order your PreACT Test Material Packages.
  • Districts that order test materials on behalf of their schools will receive district reporting.  Please make note of the Answer Document Receipt Date provided in the order confirmation webpage and email.  Answer documents received after this date may not be included in your district reporting


Verify needes for accommodations and/or supports.

Tips for Success

  • 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


Prepare for testing.

Tips for Success

  • Review the Check-In and Security of Test Materials section of the PreACT Administration Manual before receiving your shipment. Have it available to refer to while unpacking your test materials.
  • Remember to hold a training session with all testing staff (new and experienced) before test day. This is required and is separate from the briefing session that happens on test day. Suggested topics to cover during the training session are in your administration manual.
  • Determine the test administration options your site will use.
    • One or two day administration
    • Options for completing the examinee information sections.
    • Use of optional sort codes.
    • Use of Supplemental local items.


Administer the test successfully.

Read the Adminstration Manual

Access and Use Testing Supplements

Tips for Success

  • 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
  • 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.
  • If you are testing an examinee approved for English learner supports, print a copy of the ACT-Approved Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries list to verify at check in that the examinee's dictionary can be used for testing.


Transport materials and data back to ACT.

Tips for Success

  • The instructions for collecting, packing, and returning test materials are linked above.
  • 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.
  • Upon receiving the test materials from the school test coordinator for shipment back to ACT, district test coordinators need to completely fill out the front of the polymailer envelope(s).
  • When packing the processing envelopes, about 250 answer documents can fit in each Tyvek scoring envelope. The polymailer envelopes provided this year are smaller and will hold about 300 answer documents.
  • Do not return unused answer documents or any PreACT test materials.
  • Return the answer documents for all testing (standard, accommodations, or make-up) in the same shipment.
  • 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.


Interpret score reports and test data.

Tips for Success

  • PreACT Student Reports, Educators Reports, and Student Data Files now include norm data.