ACT, Inc. has been selected as the college admissions exam vendor for 2020-2021, and can be renewed for an additional two 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 2021. Therefore, Grade 10 students will not take the state administration of the ACT during spring 2021. 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.
More information can be found on the Kentucky ACT website.
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
- Accommodations (Paper): March 23-26 and March 29-31 & April 1-2
- Online Standard and Accommodations: March 23-25, March 30-31, and April 1
Emergency Testing Window 1
- Standard (Paper): April 13, 2021
- Accommodations (Paper): April 13-16 and 19-23
- Online Standard and Accommodations: April 13-15 and 20-22
Online testing is available only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
State Spring 2021 ACT Emergency Testing Window 2
- Standard (Paper): May 5, 2021
- Accommodations (Paper): May 5-7, and 10-11, 2021
- The May date is paper only.
If schools were unable to test in first three testing windows, please contact Shara Savage for KDE approval to utilize this testing window.
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.