About the ACT

The ACT is a curriculum and standards-based tool measuring what students learn in high school to determine academic readiness for college, military, and career.  ACT scores are used for scholarship purposes, dual credit, college entrance and placement, academic and career advising and school/district accountability purposes.

Since 2009, the state has offered and paid for one ACT test for all juniors in the state. The agreement for contracted services between the State of North Dakota, Department of Public Instruction, and ACT, Inc. states that North Dakota students will take the ACT with Writing assessment.  ACT online testing is an option for schools that meet site readiness requirements.

About the ACT WorkKeys

Public and nonpublic school students in grade eleven have the option to take either the ACT with Writing or WorkKeys assessment.  ACT WorkKeys tests are research-based measures of foundational work skills essential to career success across industries and occupations. These tests are criterion-referenced to the skill requirements of the workplace and yield information that helps individuals document their skills and evaluate career opportunities.  ACT WorkKeys tests assist educators in evaluating curricular outcomes and preparing their students for the workplace, as well as help employers to make better decisions about who to hire, train, and promote. Students who take the new ACT WorkKeys Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents are eligible to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, certifying essential skills needed for workplace success. Students may earn a gold, silver, or bronze National Career Readiness Certificate.  ACT WorkKeys score results may also be used to qualify for the state scholarship. The ACT WorkKeys will only be offered online during the state testing window.