New Options to the ACT: Put the New Student Data File and Research into Practice

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New options coming to the ACT® test this fall offer advantages for students, but what does it mean for higher education?

The changes will also require colleges and universities to consider operational and policy implications. This webinar provides institutions with what they need today to begin making necessary preparations for the fall. You’ll receive comprehensive detail about changes to the ACT data layout to ensure uninterrupted ACT score data integration. You’ll also learn the latest research to help you confidently consider admission and superscoring policy changes. Get the latest details and glean meaningful insights to be best prepared for what’s coming in September.

Watch this webinar that covers:
  • NEW ACT test student file, including student options and the new student data file layout specifics
  • How to interpret data from the NEW Electronic Student Record
  • The impact of superscoring for your institution
  • NEW research on the validity of ACT Section Retesting. Learn how students perform when retesting a single ACT subject area
  • Recommendations for communicating your institution’s policy on superscoring


Kenton PaulsKenton Pauls works closely with leaders in higher education in support of ACT's mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success as national director for higher education at ACT. Kenton has over 20 years of leadership experience in admissions and enrollment management at public and private institutions in the United States as well as Canada. Prior to joining ACT in July of 2015, he was Dean of Enrollment Management at Northwestern College in Iowa. Pauls earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Trinity Western University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Dakota.

Krista MatternKrista Mattern is the Senior Director of ACT’s Validity and Efficacy Research Department.  Her research focuses on predicting education and workplace success through evaluating the validity and fairness of cognitive and non-cognitive measures. Krista is also known for her work in evaluating the efficacy of learning products to help improve intended learner outcomes.  She has served as the editor of two books and has over 85 publications including book chapters, journal articles, and technical reports. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and the Journal of Educational Measurement.  Dr. Mattern received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.