Changes Coming to ACT
Changes are coming to the ACT exam and its scoring, beginning in 2015. According to an article by Inside Higher Education, the changes to the test itself are minor and students will still receive a score from 1 to 36. Where you’ll really see the change is in the addition of new “readiness” scores and indicators. The changes are designed to improve readiness and help you plan for future success.
So what exactly is changing? Here’s a recap of the changes you can expect.
1. New indicators to predict student readiness and performance.
New indicators will evaluate your readiness in categories such as career readiness and science and math. As a result, you’ll get a STEM Score (representing your overall performance in science and math portions of the exam) and an English Language Arts Score (representing your overall performance in the English, reading and writing portions of the exam).
You’ll also receive a “Progress Toward Career Readiness Indicator” and “Text Complexity Progress Indicator, ” which will essentially tell you how prepared you are to perform successfully as part of today’s workforce as well as how well prepared you are to understand complex texts you’ll encounter in college and in your career.
2. Enhanced writing test.
The essay will remain optional, but essays now will be evaluated on four aspects of writing competency: ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use. The writing test “will measure students’ ability to evaluate multiple perspectives on a complex issue and generate their own analysis based on reasoning, knowledge and experience.” The writing prompt may be tweaked slightly as well to provide additional information and give you more direction in crafting your essay.
3. Digital version of the test.
Starting in 2015, select schools will begin offering a computer-based version of the ACT. Students who take the digital version will see their results within minutes.
4. More probability and statistics questions.
You may see one more probability and statistics question on the test (such as four questions instead of three) than you would on past tests.
5. Additional reading comprehension passages.
Reading comprehension questions currently are based on single passages. The updated test will base these questions on comparing or analyzing information from two separate passages.
The ACT isn’t the only college entrance exam introducing changes. The SAT is overhauling its test as well. Learn more about changes to the SAT.