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ACT to Offer PreACT Directly to Students

PreACT test takers have access to predicted ACT scores and personalized guidance on college majors and careers

IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT is expanding its ability to help students improve their college readiness by making the PreACT® available to students on an individual basis. The assessment has previously been available only through schools that contract with ACT to administer it to students.

The PreACT is an online, multiple-choice test designed to help 10th grade students assess their current academic strengths and weaknesses and better prepare for the ACT® test and, subsequently, college and career success. It measures academic achievement in English, mathematics, reading and science, mirroring the ACT test, but without a writing test option.

“Our goal in offering the PreACT directly to students is to provide greater access to this valuable tool, which will help them better understand their current academic readiness levels and get on track for future success,” said Suzana Delanghe, ACT chief commercial officer. “At ACT, we understand the value of planning and preparing early for success, and we want to provide students with the opportunity to get an earlier start.”
Students may register for the PreACT online and take it at selected ACT test center locations throughout the US. The first national PreACT test date will be Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. All PreACT test dates coincide with the ACT national test dates, giving students the ability to experience testing at a national test center.

Students have the option of bringing their own laptop—which they can test on ACT’s website to ensure that it will work—or using a computer provided at the test center to take the test.

The PreACT gives students valuable experience with early exposure to ACT test-quality questions, but in a shorter exam. PreACT scores predict future ACT scores on the familiar 1-to-36 scoring scale, providing students with an estimated ACT score range if they continue on the same educational path.

Students who take the PreACT also receive personalized learning resources in each of the four subject areas where improvement can be recommended.

In addition, guidance on college majors and careers that match students’ interests is available in the PreACT registration platform, when students create a MyACT account and complete the ACT Interest Inventory. This can spark conversations and help students start thinking about and planning for career paths they may wish to pursue.

The PreACT continues ACT’s history of offering solutions that are aligned to the ACT and designed to identify readiness at earlier grades. ACT pioneered such systems with ACT Explore and ACT Plan and more recently developed ACT Aspire to monitor achievement and progress toward readiness across grades 3 to 10.

The registration fee for individual students to take the PreACT is $46. Fee waivers are available to students from low-income households, just as they are for the ACT test. Additional information about fee waivers and accommodations can be found here.

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ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career.