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ACT College and Career Readiness System

ACT  a nonprofit organization, began with a University of Iowa professor’s 1959 assessment of practical knowledge designed “to help students make better decisions for themselves while enabling institutions to improve student success.”  Now, in addition to that original “college readiness assessment,” the ACT College and Career Readiness System helps students explore options for their future, identify their strengths, weaknesses & progress towards that future, and determine whether they have the skill levels required for various jobs.

ACT EXPLORE is administered to all 9th graders in Wyoming to assess students' achievement in English, math, reading, and science. EXPLORE prepares students not only for their high school coursework, but for their post–high school choices as well. It marks an important beginning for future academic and career success. Through EXPLORE, students’ strengths and weaknesses can be identified early in their educational development, when they have the greatest opportunity to establish a four-year program of studies that will help them achieve their career and educational goals.  EXPLORE also includes a career exploration component that stimulates students’ thinking about future plans and relates personal characteristics to career options. 


ACT PLAN is administered to all 10th graders in Wyoming; it also assesses students' achievement in English, math, reading, and science. PLAN provides students with an early indication of how their educational progress relates to their post-high school educational and career plans. PLAN helps students make adjustments to their coursework to ensure they are prepared for what they want to do next and also assists teachers in understanding where gaps exist in the curriculum. 


ACT Plus Writing is given once a year to all Wyoming students in the 11th grade. It measures students' general learning outcomes in English, math, reading, writing, and science. This assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. 


ACT WorkKeys® is an optional assessment for Wyoming students in grades 11 and 12 in 2013 and grade 11 in 2014.  WorkKeys measures “real-world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success.


ACT Compass® is a computer-adaptive college placement test that lets educators:


  • Evaluate incoming students' skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and English as a Second Language
  • Place students in appropriate courses
  • Connect students to the resources they need to achieve academic success