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April 29, 2014 > ACT administers first computer-based college admission exams

ACT administers first computer-based college admission exams

Submitted By Ed Colby

Approximately 4,000 high school students across the United States took the ACT, a college readiness assessment, on a computer on April 12. It was the first-ever computer-based administration of a national undergraduate college admission exam.

ÒThis is an exciting step forward for students and for ACT,Ó said Jon Erickson, president of education and career solutions at ACT. ÒWe are making great progress toward the official launch of the digital ACT option for state and district-wide testing next spring.Ó

The computer-based version of the ACT was administered to an invited group of 11th grade students in 80 high schools across 23 states. The schools had been selected by ACT and agreed to participate in this pilot administration.

ÒThe administration went very well overall,Ó said Erickson. ÒAs always at this stage, there were some technical issues, and we learned a great deal. We appreciate the participation of the students and high schools and their extra efforts during the process.Ó

The ACT scores that participating students earned on the digital version of the exam will be official and can be reported to colleges. The content of the exam was the same as that of the paper-and-pencil version, and reported scores will mean the same in terms of level of achievement for this administration.

ÒWeÕre adding this new way of taking the ACT to help improve student engagement and broaden college access,Ó said Erickson. ÒWe want to meet young people in the world where they already live.Ó

Although this computer-based version of the ACT was administered on a national ACT test date, it will initially be offered as an option only in schools that administer the exam to all students on a school day as part of their district-wide or statewide assessment program. The digital version will officially launch in spring 2015 in invited states and school districts, with expanded release for statewide and district-wide testing in spring 2016. To learn more about ACT, go to www.act.org.

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