Today, ACT, Inc. has fired the latest round in what has become an epic war of the test prep giants by announcing it will compete against College Board’s preliminary SAT, the PSAT, with its own version named: The “PreACT.” The test will debut this fall for current 10th graders, class of 2018.
The announcement came earlier today (3/22/16) from ACT’s headquarters in Iowa City Iowa. Like the ACT, the PreACT will include English, mathematics, reading, and science subtests. It will not include an essay. It will cost $12 and will be composed of questions from retired ACT tests.
According to ACT, PreACT’s purpose is to provide a realistic ACT test-taking experience, to provide feedback on performance, and to help students better understand their current challenges and potential opportunity paths. By providing counselors with this information earlier, ACT hopes to foster “more informed conversations with students about topics such as course selection, career plans, postsecondary options, and potential scholarships.
Of course, not lost in this announcement is the fact that ACT and SAT are engaged in a heated battle for state graduation test supremacy, as support for PARCC and Smarter Balanced, Common-Core-based assessments, continues to dwindle among the individual states.
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