In March 2016, ACT Inc. announced that it has added a new test to its lineup: the PreACT, a multiple-choice test designed to prepare 10th grade students for the company's college-entrance exam. Everyone parent and student ought to know:
The PreACT is a multiple-choice test designed to prepare 10th grade students for the ACT's college-entrance exam.
The PreACT is now available. It is a paper-based, multiple-choice test in the same four subjects that appear on the ACT: English/language arts, math, reading, and science.
It will not include a writing section. On the ACT college-entrance exam, the writing section is optional.
Students will be answering real ACT questions, repurposed from earlier ACT exams.
The PreACT is aimed at the same age group of students that take the rival College Board's PSAT.
The PreACT costs $12 per student compared to $15 for the PSAT.
The questions are nonsecure—they won't be used anymore on the ACT, so they're no longer a secret—schools and districts can give the PreACT whenever it works for them, and students can see the original questions, and their answers, within two weeks of taking the test.
PreACT test-takers will be asked to provide information on their interests, the courses they plan to take in high school and their expected college major
The PreACT is not associated with any scholarship opportunities.
Individual high schools and districts – rather than testing centers –will administer the PreACT. Each school or district can offer the exam at any time between Sept. 1 and June 1.
You may confuse the ACT Aspire with the PreACT, since the former test was also available to high school sophomores. However, the ACT Aspire is intended to track student progress through multiple grades, whereas the PreACT is strictly a college-readiness assessment.