PreACT Results

This will walk you through the reports that you received.

PreACT Reports

Your child brought home their PreACT reports! Yay! Now what?!? What do all of those charts and graphs mean? This newsletter will help you figure out what each of these graphs are telling you. In class, your child signed up for ACT Academy (link is below). This is a wonderful site that they will continue to have access to until they graduate! In 11th grade, OPS will pay for your child to take the ACT 1 time. After that, if your child would like to go for a higher score, you may pay to have them take it through ACT as many times as you would like. Each time they take the test, you may update the scores in ACT Academy and it will update their learning path!

What You Will Need

Report and Booklet

Both items will be sent home. The booklet will walk you through each part, however, I am hoping this newsletter does the same thing...only better!

Overall Scores

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The Composite score is the average of all of the subject areas. It's the equivalent of a grade point average. The individual subject scores are the overall score of each subject. The "STEM" score is the average of Math and Science. Each subject can be as high as a 35. The composite can be as high as a 36.


The dark blue line is that score that you see. The light blue shaded areas are a "margin of error." The student have the knowledge base higher or lower than the score. The student could have made a few lucky guesses but does not truly understand the content, therefore, the score could be lower. Or, the student could have made a simple error but does actually know the content, which means they could actually have a higher score that what you see. The light blue gives you that range that your child is in for each area.


Under each subject is a dark black line with a number next to it. This is the benchmark line for each subject. This line is where students need to score to have a 50% chance of B or higher in a college level course or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C in a college level course.

Predicted ACT Score

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This section is the predicted score that your child has right now for the ACT. If your child continues doing exactly what s/he has been doing in school, you can expect to see this score on the ACT when taken next year.

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Next to the predicted scores, where you see a star in the picture, are a bunch of percents. These are your child's percentiles. If they were to take the millions of 10th graders that took the test in the fall and paired it down to 100; the percentile that your child has is where they would be in that line of 100. For example, if your child has a 35% next to math; in that line of 100, 34 students would score lower than your child and 74 students would score higher. 50% is the middle or average. This area is just for your information so you can see where your child is performing at the national level.

Detailed ACT Results

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The detailed results go deeper in the scores. In this section, you will see the tested topics, how many questions were answered correctly, the percent correct, and if the student was "proficient" in the materials. This will give you a better understanding of what concepts need more focus.

High School Plan

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Students were given the opportunity to fill in what their plans were for high school courses. Many students were unsure and didn't fill anything in. Remember that we want kids to struggle a bit in their learning. If they aren't struggling a bit, then they aren't really learning. We encourage students to take courses that will challenge them, not just ones that they will get A's in. However, we don't want them to struggle to the point of frustration and failure. Help your child choose courses that will push them forward, instead of ones they will coast in.

Career Journey

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The students took an "interest inventory." This asked questions about what they enjoyed doing. It's so important to find a career that goes hand in hand with your talents and interests. Then, students marked what type of career they wanted to have. ACT took this information and shaded in ares that matched the student's interests. It also gives you sample of the types of careers that fall under the interests. This is meant to simply give students some "food for thought."


If the student has "Region 99" shaded, it means that there wasn't a clear single interest. It may have showed that the interests spanned all of them or none of them. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child to find what interests them and help them find a career that falls in line with their interests.


Visit www.actprofile.org to find out more information about the different regions.

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Students marked what they thought they might be interested in after college. ACT used the interest inventory and compared it to the career the student was thinking of. This area shows if that career is a good fit with what the student stated as his/her interests.

Item Response Analysis

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The next few pages show each and every answer. The correct answer is listed. If your child got the answer incorrect, the answer they chose is next to it. The test booklets will be coming home after the teachers and students have gone through it at school.


Take note:


  • Correctly Answered: This is the correct answers out of all possible questions.
  • Omitted: This is how many questions the student skipped or did not get to. In this picture, you can see that the student skipped question 33. This is important to note if they did not finish. This can be a major factor in their scores.
  • Incorrectly Answered: This is the number of questions that were attempted but were incorrect. The omitted questions are not factored into the "incorrect" section; however they are factored into the overall score.



Ideas for Progress area gives you some areas that you may want to focus on in your instruction. ACT Academy offers resources as well.