ACT moves to digital testing

By AnhViet Nguyen

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Move aside pencil and paper. The ACT is preparing to move to a computer-based exam by spring 2015.

The college readiness test, taken by over a million high school students each year, will include the same content as found on the pencil and paper test with four sections – math, English, writing and science. However, the computer-based tests will require students to perform virtual tasks that would not be otherwise possible on a standard pencil and paper test.

The announcement, made last week, comes as many states are beginning to move end of course assessments and exams to computers.  States are aligning their requirements with the Common Core State Standards including Washington state. MTHS students piloted the Smarter Balanced Assessment in April using computers, instead of the traditional pencil and paper.

The ACT plans on phasing in iPads, laptops and desktop computers to improve the testing experience for students.

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