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What is ACT Aspire?

By Southern Utah University on March 17, 2016 in

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What is ACT Aspire?

ACT Aspire, formerly called pre-ACT, ACT Plan, or ACT Explore, is an online testing system that maps learner progress from grades three through high school on a vertical scale, anchored to the scoring system of the ACT. The test covers English, mathematics, social studies, science, and writing content for all grades.

The goal of Aspire is to identify learning gaps early on to help students stay on track for college readiness, while also preparing students for the content on the ACT. To do that, Aspire will also track college readiness using the ACT’s benchmarks and is aligned to what students are learning in school. The ACT Aspire has the capability for predicting outcomes on the ACT.


How is Aspire Scored?

The Aspire does not use an ACT-like scale the way the Plan did. Instead, the Aspire assigns scores between 400 and 460 for each subject.

The score ranges are tied to grade levels, with an expected increase for each grade. When you get a score report, it will include your score, how you compare to others in your grade, your strengths, and where you can still improve.

Don’t stress about the ACT Aspire, it will give your current school data on your progress, but it won’t be used in college admissions or scholarship competitions. Just look at it as another way to gauge your progress as you approach college.