ACT Changes in 2020

What To Expect With the ACT Changes

As you may have heard, the ACT recently announced that they are making some major changes in 2020. Here's what you can expect and what you should know if you are currently using A-List books and online materials to run an ACT class in your school.

Starting in September 2020, students taking the ACT will have three new options to consider. 
 
1.  Online Testing
Students who prefer to take the test on a computer will now be able to do so.

"Students who take the test online (will) get faster test results.  In fact, their multiple-choice scores and the ACT composite score will begin to be reported as soon as two business days after the test date, allowing them and the schools and scholarships to which they apply to make better, more informed timely decisions." 

For more information on online testing, please visit:  http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/more-choices-for-the-act-sept-2020/faqs.html#online-testing
 
2.  ACT Section Retesting
Students who have taken at least one full ACT will now be able to take individual sections of subsequent ACTs.

"ACT Section Retesting, which gives students the opportunity to retake one or more single-section tests to best show their knowledge, helps students focus their study efforts solely on the areas in which they want to improve their scores." 

For more information on ACT Section Retesting, please visit: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/more-choices-for-the-act-sept-2020/section-retesting.html
 
3. An ACT Superscore 
Students who have taken multiple ACTs will now be able to send only their best scores.

"To support the growing trend of students taking the ACT test multiple times, score report options will now provide the option for students to send their best ACT test results to colleges and include a calculated ACT Superscore.  Superscoring allows students to submit their highest scores for college admission and scholarship purposes.  The Superscore is a recalculation which shows the highest possible composite score across multiple ACT tests and ACT Section Retests." 

For more information on ACT Superscoring, please visit: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/more-choices-for-the-act-sept-2020/superscoring.html
 
What does this mean for the students in your current classes?
For now, there's no reason to change anything you're doing in your classes.  These changes don't go into effect until September 2020.  Your current juniors will still be required to take the paper version of the test this academic year.  Some juniors may decide to take the new computerized test or single sections in the fall of their senior year, but that is a decision they can make once they receive their spring results.

Please keep in mind that these changes only increase the options for your students.  The paper test will still be an option for those who prefer it.  The content and format of the test will not change at all, so all of your current preparation material will still be valid. 

We still have some unanswered questions about the consequences of these changes.  Will test centers have enough spaces for online testing to meet demand?  How will colleges view single-section scores?  Will this encourage colleges that don't currently accept superscores to begin doing so?  We will be sure to keep you updated as we learn more.  And as always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
 
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