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.

NSCAS Alternate Summative Assessment

ACT Quick Links

**2020 Fall ACT TEST WINDOWS**

This is in replacement of the Spring 2020 testing that was cancelled in March

Initial Test Date (Paper)
September 22, 2020

Initial Accommodations Test Dates (Paper)
September 22 –  October 2, 2020

Makeup  Test Date (Paper)
October 6, 2020

Makeup Accommodations Test Dates (Paper)
October 6-9 & 12, 2020

Emergency Test Date (Paper)
October 20, 2020

Emergency Accommodations Test Dates (Paper)
October 20-23 & 26, 2020


Paper Test Date 
March 23, 2021

Online Test Dates 
March 23-25, 2020 & March 31- April 1, 2020
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Accommodation Test Dates (Paper)
March 23-26, 2021 & March 29 – April 2, 2021

Accommodation Test Dates (Online)
March 23-25, 2021 & March 31- April 1, 2021
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Paper Test Date 
April 6, 2021*

Online Test Dates 
April 6-8, 2021 & April 13-15, 2021
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Accommodation Test Dates (Paper)
April 6-9, 2021 & April 12-16, 2021

Accommodation Test Dates (Online)
April 6-8, 2021 & April 13-15, 2021
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

*Please note this is the Tuesday after Easter 

Paper Test Date 
April 20, 2021

Online Test Dates 
April 20-22, 2021 & April 27-29, 2021
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Accommodation Test Dates (Paper)
April 20-23, 2021 & April 26-30, 2021

Accommodation Test Dates (Online)
April 20-22, 2021 & April 27-29, 2021
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

NEW for 2020-2021

For the 2020-2021 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.

       2020-2021 PreACT Fall Test Window (10th & 11 grade)

      09/21/2020 – 10/30/2020

       2020-2021 PreACT Spring Test Window (10th grade only)

       3/15/2021 – 4/30/2021

Upcoming ACT Events

ACT Fall Accommodations and Test Administration Q&A Webinar

Thursday, August 13, 2020 10 AM Central Time

ACT Documents

Parental Consent Guidance
Parental Consent Form
Parental Consent FormSpanish
Parental Consent Telephone FormNSCAS ACT Parental Consent TELEPHONE form is for district use only.

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
Email: ADVISERHelp@Nebraskacloud.org

2020 ACT Score Replacement Request

All materials need to be received by NDE by 3.25.2020

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

ACT Technology


For general assessment questions , contact Statewide Assessment.

For information and questions on NSCAS ACT, contact Iris Owens, ACT Coordinator.
Phone: 402.471.4316
E-mail: iris.a.owens@act.org

Updated September 9, 2020 1:36pm