The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities in the United States to make admissions decisions. The ACT measures a student's readiness for college while also providing personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning. Student's typically take the ACT during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year.
The ACT consists of four sections - English, Math, Reading, and Science - plus an optional writing test. With the exception of the writing section, the test is entirely multiple choice. The ACT is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale, taking the average of the four section scores.
The PreACT, which is administered to 10th graders, simulates the ACT testing experience by providing students early exposure to ACT test-quality questions and predictive score ranges on the familiar 1-36 scale. It's a 2 hour paper-based, multiple-choice test, that can be administered any time between September 1st and June 1st, assessing in the areas of English, math, reading, and science. Results are used to guide action plans for both educators and students in evaluating patterns of performance across content areas.
ACT Aspire assesses student readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing from grades 3 to early high school through periodic and/or summative assessments. Aspire is the only system of assessments directly connected to accurately predicting a student's future score on ACT. Aspire will prepare you for ACT by testing the same content, with the same benchmarks, to show if you're learning enough, content-wise, to do well on the ACT. It incorporates multiple question types, such as multiple choice, short answer, and long answer (essays/narratives).
The goal of Aspire is to identify learning gaps early on to help students stay on track for college readiness. Like ACT, Aspire is a time test and can be offered on either computers or on paper. The current cost for online testing is $25, while the paper version is $31.
The Aspire assigns scores between 400 and 460 for each subject. The score ranges are tied to grade levels, with an expected increase for each grade. Score reports will include the student's score, how they compare to others in their grade, their strengths, and areas of improvement. Unlike the PSAT, Aspire results won't be used for college admissions or scholarship competitions.
For examples of ACT Aspire assessments by grade level, click here.