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

ACT Webinars

Watch for 2024 ACT Webinars here

2024 Test Windows

Test Window 1 – Initial

Standard Administration (Paper): March 26, 2024

Accommodations Administration (Paper): March 26-29 & April 1-5, 2024

Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): March 26-29 & April 1-5, 2024

Test Window 2 – Initial & Make-up

Standard Administration (Paper): April 9, 2024

Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 9-12 & April 15-19, 2024

Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 9-12 & April 15-19, 2024

Test Window 3 Make-up Only

Standard Administration (Paper): April 23, 2024

Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 23-26 & April 29-30, May 1-3, 2024

Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 23-26 & April 29-30, May 1-3, 2024

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

ACT Training

ACT 2022 Fall Webinar (YouTube Recording: 1 hr 10 min)

Note: Our apologies, the recording starts with the meeting already in progress.  Please contact Iris with any questions.

ACT 2022 Fall Webinar PowerPoint

The PreACT Test Administration webinar was presented on September 14, 2021.


Audience link:

(If you have not registered, you will have to do so to see the recording.)


For information and questions on ACT, contact:

Iris Owens, Nebraska Onsite Program Liaison
Phone: 531.207.9019

Updated March 19, 2024 3:14pm