The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has a partnership with ACT, a
not-for-profit organization that provides educational assessment, research, information, and
program management services. In North Carolina, all tenth-graders take the PreACT. This
assessment measures what students have learned in their courses and helps educators identify the information that students still need to learn to succeed in college or a career. Your child is scheduled to take the PreACT via paper-and-pencil format on October 25, 2022.
The PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience by providing students early exposure to ACT test-quality questions. The PreACT is reported on the same 1–36 score scale as the ACT, but PreACT has a maximum score of 35. The PreACT also provides a predicted ACT composite score range. The PreACT assessment includes four multiple-choice tests: English, math, reading, and science. The PreACT is designed to help parents and educators identify areas where students may need additional academic support or remediation. The PreACT can also help to initiate strategic conversations between parents and schools regarding dual enrollment decisions, identifying curriculum gaps, implementing interventions on behalf of students, and choosing Advanced Placement classes.
If you have questions or concerns about the PreACT, please contact Ashley Pack, at
Coordinator of Auxiliary Services
N-CHS Testing Coordinator