ACT (formerly American College Testing) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success through its mission on research, and college and career readiness. Founded in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1959, each year ACT serves millions of learners, job seekers, schools, government agencies, and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research, and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career.

ACT programs and tools include:

  • ACT – a standardized test designed to assess high school learners' academic achievement and college readiness. In 2019, 52% of the U.S. high school graduating class had taken the ACT test.
  • ACT Academy
  • ACT Aspire
  • ACT College and Career Ready
  • ACT Online Prep
  • ScootPad
  • PreACT and PreACT 8/9
  • ACT Tessera
  • ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate
  • ACT Work Ready Communities
  • ACT Research (formerly ACTNext) – research and development center focused on integrating psychometric theory and data, educational technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to support learning and assessment)
  • Global Assessment Certificate

The ACT Center for Equity in Learning supports ACT’s efforts to close  opportunity and outcome gaps for all individuals, including:

  • learners of color
  • first-generation learners
  • families  with economic challenges
  • exceptional and diverse  learners

The Center researches and communicates actionable information about the realities, challenges, and opportunities facing learners in middle school, high school, college, and the workforce. Examples of areas of focus include:

  • school safety
  • financial aid
  • technology gaps
  • digital divide

The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) is a  key initiative of the Center. The initiative aims to support first-generation college learners and those from low-income backgrounds in pursuing college degrees or higher education credentials. Through campaign events, it assists high school seniors in completing college applications and ensures each learner submits at least one application.

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