What is the ACT?

    The ACT is a curriculum-based test designed to measure high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

    Who takes it?

    Juniors and seniors may elect to pay for and take the ACT individually. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, PPS no longer offers ACT to all juniors. SAT is now available for all juniors.

    What does it measure?

    The ACT measures student skills in English, math, reading, science, and writing. Students can demonstrate Essential Skills proficiency by scoring at or above ODE established cut scores on the ACT. Contact your student's school counselor for more information about Essential Skills requirements.

    When is it administered?

    Visit the ACT web page for administration dates and options.


    How is it administered?

    • The ACT consists of both writing and multiple choice questions
    • The test takes approximately 3.5-4 hours to complete
    • Students take the test on paper
    • The test is given to the whole class unless specific accessibilities are needed for the student
    • The ACT will take place during the during normal school hours
    • Score reports will be sent home to parents

    How are the results used?

    It provides students the opportunity to earn ACT scores that can be reported to colleges.

    Who requires it?
    This test is optiona.

    What if I want to know more about this assessment?

    Visit the official ACT website.


    I'm a parent/guardian. Who do I contact with questions about this assessment?


    Please contact your student's school.