Becoming an Item Writer
Join the growing number of educators at the elementary, secondary, and college levels nationwide who are item (question) writers for ACT®.
The first step is to fill out an Item Writer Questionnaire, which asks about your educational background, teaching experience, and areas of specialization. You can either fill it out online via a secure server, download a printable copy, or ask to have a paper copy mailed to you.
Complete the Item Writer Questionnaire
- Submit the online form via a secure server. After you have submitted the online form, please email your resume (Word or PDF) to UnitTracking@act.org.
- Download a printable copy of the Item-Writer Questionnaire (PDF).
- Contact us to request a paper copy. Please provide your name and address and indicate that you want an Item Writer Questionnaire.
(Note: If you have filled out a Consultant Questionnaire, do not also complete an Item Writer Questionnaire. You will be considered for both types of work should you qualify.)
Shortly after receiving your completed questionnaire, we will send you a letter of acknowledgment. At that time, we will also ask for a printed copy of your résumé or vitae if you haven't already submitted it (no electronic versions, please).
When the need arises, we will contact you about submitting a sample of your work. You will receive a guide for developing good test materials, specific directions for submitting a work sample, current payment rates, and a return postcard for you to indicate your availability.
ACT staff members will evaluate your work sample and return it with comments and suggestions. If your work sample is approved, you will be offered a contract to develop test materials. We will again offer you suggestions and directions, as necessary, to guide you through the process of preparing these test materials. Upon their approval, you will receive payment along with our thanks for your work.
If you choose to mail us your completed Item Writer Questionnaire, please send it to:
Interested persons should send sample items and resumes to UnitTracking@act.org or (by mail):
Unit Tracking (32)
P.O. Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243
Who are Item Writers?
ACT item writers are educators like you from across the United States. We work with a diverse group of item writers to help ensure that our English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science Tests represent what is being taught in classrooms nationwide and reflect a balance in gender, race/ethnicity, and geographical representation.
- High school teachers can develop test materials for the ACT program.
- Postsecondary educators can develop test materials for the ACT program.
About the Testing Program
The ACT tests, typically administered to college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders, are based on and oriented toward the major areas of secondary and postsecondary instructional programs.