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PCSS Moving to Online ACT Testing Spring 2023

We have exciting news from ACT!  The ACT will now be moving to online testing! 


PCSS will be moving to the new ACT online platform Spring 2023.  Beginning Fall 2023, ACT will fully complete its transition to online testing with school districts across Tennessee.


Current 11th grade students will take the ACT online assessment during the following test window:March 21-23 and March 28-30, 2023 


Prior to this change, ACT performed comparable studies and found that there are many advantages to testing online, including: 


  •  Increased possibility of greater performance (especially in English, reading, and writing).

  • Movement through the test more efficiently, leading to fewer unanswered questions, especially in English and Reading.

  •  Decreased “item omit rate” (students were more likely to submit answers for scoring, thus increasing the number of correct answers used for final score calculation).


PCSS is encouraged by the research provided by the ACT, and see several additional benefits as well:

  • A quicker overall return rate of student scores

  • Format alignment to PCSS’s ACT prep assessment platform (CERT).  Both platform assessments (ACT and CERT) will be conducted online.

What is staying the same? 

All additional ACT benefits and processes will remain the same, other than the test is online.  ACT Senior retake assessments will be offered in the fall (as in the past), and students will still take all ACT assessments at their assigned school.


For additional PCSS ACT information and specific test dates for your student, please reach out to your assigned school Building Test Coordinator:


Cookeville High School = Karen Trentham (

Monterey High School = Ben Novak (

Upperman High School = Breeonna Wheeler (

White Plains Academy = Margaret Copeland (

VITAL = Becky White ( / Whitney Upton (


Additional Information about the ACT assessment can be found at