ACT, Inc. has been selected as the college admissions exam vendor for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, and can be renewed for an additional four years.
Although Senate Bill 1, 2017, mandates that grade 10 and 11 students take a college admissions examination, grade 10 participation in the state-required college admissions examination has been contingent on available funds. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) was unable to secure the additional funding needed to test sophomores during spring 2020. Therefore, Grade 10 students will not take the state administration of the ACT during spring 2020. The Kentucky Department of Education will continue to seek funding for future years’ administrations in order to comply with Senate Bill 1.
KDE’s primary use of the college admissions exam is to measure students’ level of readiness for college in core academic content areas. Meeting benchmarks on the ACT is one way students may demonstrate academic readiness in the Transition Readiness indicator of the state’s accountability system for schools.
Beyond the state use of results, the state-administered college admissions exam also benefits students, their parents and educators in several ways. Administering the college admissions exam as part of required state testing permits students to take the exam at no cost to them. The exam is administered during the school day, providing equitable access for all students to participate. Additionally, many organizations that offer merit or academic scholarships will identify and award financial assistance based on scores from a college admissions exam.
The ACT program is a comprehensive system for collecting and reporting information about students planning to enter postsecondary education.
The program consists of four major components:
Tests of Educational Development
The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The tests emphasize reasoning, analysis, problem solving, and the integration of learning from various sources, as well as the application of these proficiencies to the kinds of tasks that college students are expected to perform.
Course/Grade Information Section
This component provides 30 self-reported high school grades in English, mathematics, natural sciences, social studies, language, and the arts. The courses include those that customarily form the core of a college preparatory curriculum and are frequently required for admission to college.
Student Profile Section (SPS)
The SPS contains information reported by students, in such categories as educational plans, interests, and needs, financial aid, and demographic background information.
The ACT Interest Inventory
This 72-item survey reports scores that parallel six interest and occupational types, helping students identify majors consistent with their interests.
State Fall 2020 ACT Administration
The ACT is used for many purposes, including college admissions and scholarship opportunities. To ensure students who missed their opportunity to take a state administration of the ACT this spring due to school closures as a result of COVID-19, KDE is offering a fall testing option. Please note that this fall administration option is only available for 2019-2020 juniors who did not participate in the Spring 2020 testing windows. It is not an opportunity for students to retest. OAA and ACT have partnered with District Assessment Coordinators to identify the students who will be eligible for testing this fall.
The following are important upcoming dates related to the state fall administration of the ACT:
ACT and OAA 2020 Fall training dates:
- KDE/ACT virtual training – July 30, 2020 @1:00 p.m. EST
Note: This training was recorded July 30, 2020 and does not reflect the additional Oct. 20 testing date.
- Accommodations Webinar–August 6, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. EST
- Test Administration Webinar- August 4, 2020 @ 10:00 p.m. EST
For districts and schools that were not able to test on March 10, the initial and makeup dates are;
Initial Testing Window
- The ACT Standard Time Initial Test Date – September 22
- The ACT Accommodations Testing Window-Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25 and 28, 29, 30, Oct. 1 and 2
Makeup Testing Window
- The ACT Standard Time Test Date – October 6
- The ACT Accommodations Testing Window – Oct. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12
Emergency Makeup Testing Window
- Oct. 20 - Emergency Standard Test Date Paper
- Oct. 20-23 & 26 - Emergency Accommodations Test Window Paper
There will be no online testing option.
For Schools that Tested on March 10
If schools were able to administer the statewide ACT, March 10 was the school's initial ACT test date. Only one additional date is needed for makeup testing. The school's initial test date was March 10, and the makeup date is September 22.
State Spring 2021 ACT Administration Dates
Initial Testing Window
- Standard (Paper): March 9, 2021
- Accommodations (Paper): March 9-12 and March 15-19
- Online Standard and accommodations: March 9-11 and March 16-18
Makeup Testing Window
- Standard (Paper): March 23, 2021
- Online: March 23-25, March 30-31, and April 1
ACT provides a free resource available to all students, parents, teachers, principals, and other educators. ACT Academy is an online learning tool that provides personalized, free resources unique to student learning gaps and aligned to the ACT reporting categories. ACT Academy is a collection of K-12 videos, games, quizzes, and interactives from publishers such as Flocabulary, NASA, Crash Course, GeoGebra, PBS, and tens of thousands of others that students can access via any computer, tablet, Chromebook, or even their smartphones.
Accommodations for students with an Individual Education Program (IEP) and supports for English Learners (ELs) are available for the ACT. ACT-approved accommodations and EL supports must be requested by a School Test Accommodations Coordinator. Students may test with non-college reportable accommodations without prior ACT approval. More information can be found on the Kentucky ACT website.
Online Score Reports
Students who participate in State Testing may view their score reports on a free ACT student web account. College reportable scores are available online three to eight weeks after the test date.