The Nebraska State Statute 79-760 was updated by passage of LB 930 in spring 2016 to require that state accountability testing at the high school level be completed through the administration of a college entrance exam. ACT was selected as the exam to be administered beginning spring 2017 to all public school third-year cohort students, except those identified as needing alternate assessment.

Students will participate in ACT Reading, English, Math, Science and Writing each spring. Although ACT writing is optional for Saturday administrations, the ACT writing test is required for state testing for all students.

All students, including special education students and English Learners who are in their third-year cohort of high school must participate in the ACT.  An alternate exam is available for students who qualify as having significant cognitive disabilities.  Please click on the link for the alternate assessment page.

ACT Quick Links

Spring 2025 Test Events

Test Event 1 – Initial

Standard Administration (Paper): March 25, 2025

Accommodations Administration (Paper): March 25-28; March 31 & April 1-4, 2025

Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): March 25-28; March 31 & April 1-4, 2025

Test Event 2 – Initial & Make-up

Standard Administration (Paper): April 8, 2025

Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 8-11 & April 14-18, 2025

Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 8-11 & April 14-18, 2025

Test Event 3 Make-up Only

Standard Administration (Paper): April 22, 2025

Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 22-25; April 28-30 & May 1-2, 2025

Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 22-25; April 28-30 & May 1-2, 2025

ACT Documents

Determining Graduation Cohort when Enrolling High School Students

It is important that all districts use the established guidance for determining graduation cohorts when enrolling high school students.  Guidance for Graduation Cohort V5.00 04.07.17 details the rules for determining the graduation cohort year. This guidance should be used whenever a district enrolls a new high school student, including foreign exchange students. The process needs to be updated for the ADVISER system. Questions should be directed to:

NDE Help Desk – Questions about the Portal or ADVISER/NSSRS
Phone: 888.285.0556

This is also posted on the ACT Nebraska Website – Schedule of Events coming soon

ACT Training

PreACT is offered to districts as a test prep tool by the state. Each district has a choice to include this test at no cost to them.

  • PreACT Test Dates-Fall: October 7-November 22, 2024
  • PreACT Test Dates-Spring: March 10-April 24, 2025

ACT offers training webinars for the PreACT, taken in the fall or spring. The NDE encourages testing staff to watch both webinars.

  • Fall PreACT Pretest Webinar: 8/20/2024 at 4 pm CT.  Register
  • Fall PreACT Test Day Webinar: 9/5/2024 at 10 am CT. Register
  • Spring PreACT Pretest Webinar: 2/4/2025 at 4 pm CT. Registration link available late fall
  • Spring PreACT Test Day Webinar: 2/18/2025 at 4 pm CT. Registration link available late fall


For information and questions on ACT, contact:

Iris Owens, Nebraska Onsite Program Liaison
Phone: 531.207.9019

Updated July 22, 2024 2:36pm