ACT To Revamp Assessment Of Students’ College-Admission Scores

Career College Central summary:

  • The ACT college-admission test will begin to parse student test scores in new ways next year—providing additional assessments in areas like job readiness and skills in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math.
  • The nonprofit assessment company—known for its 36-point scale crucial in the college-admissions process—said it won't change the format or content for the required parts of the test. The voluntary writing test, however, will differ by becoming more analytical and requiring students to understand multiple outlooks.
  • Following the College Board's reform of the SAT in March, the added scores highlight increasing pressure on the nation's education system from Washington, parents and students to deliver graduates ready for the economy of the future.
  • "Having more information helps everyone," said Jon Erickson, ACT's president. "The ultimate goal is to personalize [these scores] so that your information is uniquely tailored to you and your situation."
  • The new ACT test will maintain its 1-to-36 score and use the additional grades as supplementary information. The STEM score will reflect students' performances on science and math, and the English language arts score will merge English, reading and writing. A career-readiness indicator promises to delineate areas of improvement for students in the skills that employers demand, and a "text complexity progress" indicator intends to inform students about their reading comprehension ability for college and work.
  • The cost of the tests, which is $52.50 for the ACT test and writing exam, won't be affected by the new scores.

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