About the ACT Test
Taking the ACT test brings more minority and middle/low-income students into the college enrollment pool. Students, especially those who didn't think they would attend college, may be surprised to learn about possibilities they had not considered. Many qualify for major-specific scholarships and honors programs.
The ACT is a curriculum and standards-based tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. 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 ACT WorkKeys
Taking the ACT WorkKeys and earning the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC) gives students an advantage: graduating with solid evidence that they have the skills employers need. This is valuable because all students enter the workforce eventually - whether they get a job right out of high school, work part-time while continuing their education, or go to college first.
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 legible 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.