The first wave of students has taken a computer-based version of the ACT, marking a new era for the college-admissions test.
ACT Inc., based in Iowa City, Iowa, reports that 4,000 students at schools in 23 states took the test on computers this month. The content of the exam is the same as in the traditional paper-and-pencil version, and the new digital scores are considered official for students to submit to colleges.
ACT plans to officially launch the digital version in selected states and districts in spring 2015, with expanded release in spring 2016. The option will be available only to districts and states that administer the test to all students on a school day. The testing group has no plans to discontinue the paper-and-pencil version, officials say.
A version of this article appeared in the April 23, 2014 edition of Education Week as ACT Pilots Digital Version of College-Admissions Exam