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
2019 ACT Test Dates
Paper Test Date
April 2, 2019
Paper Test Make-up Date
April 24, 2019
Online Test Dates
April 2-4, 2019 & April 9-1, 2019
Accommodation Test Dates (Paper)
April 2-5, 8-12, 15-16, 2019
Accommodation Make-up Test Dates (Paper)
April 24-26, 29-30, 2019
Accommodation Test Dates (Online)
April 2-4, 2019 & April 9-11, 2019
NEW for 2018-2019
For the 2018-2019 school year NDE has offered to provide PreACT or ACT Online Prep(AOP) to each district. Districts were surveyed and chose an option for their district this summer.
- Districts who have chosen AOP, each third year cohort student will have the AOP available for 365 days from the initial log in.
- Districts who have chosen PreACT could test 10th graders in the fall or spring window, and 11th graders in the fall only.
PreACT Fall Test Window (10th & 11 grade)
October 1, 2018 – December 21, 2018
PreACT Spring Test Window (10th grade only)
March 1, 2019 – May 3, 2019
For more information on either option your district has chosen, please click on the quick links above
College & Career Ready Writing Presentation from AQuESTT Conference (includes NeSA-TDA and ACT Writing) April 2017