Earlier today, the ACT announced it is introducing a PreACT test that appears to be very similar to the College Board’s PSAT test. The PreACT is designed to help high school sophomores get more comfortable with the ACT by asking similar multiple choice questions and grading on the same 1 to 36 scale. (It does, however, differ in that it asks fewer questions and takes less time to complete.)
It doesn’t appear to offer any type of scholarship angle like the PSAT’s National Merit Scholarship, but the ACT is touting the its newest test’s earlier assessments to help chart students’ ACT preparation needs as well as the simulated practice opportunity to help alleviate any test anxiety on the ACT.
If you believe your child may take the ACT and your school doesn’t pay the $12 test fee, we believe it’s well worth paying out of pocket.