ACT – Why Work For Us?


The great people at ACT bring our mission to life. Our unique backgrounds, dedication to our mission and quirky personalities spark an eclectic mix of amazingly great people.

The work we do at ACT ultimately results in helping people achieve education and workplace success.

Behind every accomplishment, every goal reached, and every deadline met are dedicated ACT team members. There is no mission, strategy, or life improved without our passion for helping people achieve education and workplace success.

Learn more about what it's like to work at ACT.

We believe great people deserve to be recognized.

Our Spotlight recognition program shines a light on individual and team excellence. Any team member – at any level – can be nominated or submit a nomination.

With the red carpet unraveled and team members dressed to the nines, ACT recognizes our team members at the annual Great People Awards. The Grammys, Emmys and ESPYs can’t compete with our award show!



We deliver outstanding benefits.

When it comes to our benefits, we deliver the full package. 

  • Medical, hospital, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group life and disability insurance
  • Generous holiday and vacation schedules
  • Retirement program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Moving expenses
  • Scholarships for employees' children

View our Benefits Summary.

We believe in life outside of work.undefined

Is a traditional 8:30 to 5:00, Monday through Friday schedule not the best fit for you? We support flexible work arrangements to help you balance your work and personal life.

Summertime equals crazy, busy time. In the summer, if you work at least 37.5 hours by noon on Friday you can take the rest of the afternoon off!

We are passionate about learning.


We are committed to our mission and want you to experience workplace success at ACT. Learning is an exciting, never-ending journey. We have an Academy for Continuous Learning to explore countess learning opportunities.

We take innovation seriously.undefined

Our Office for Innovation acts as the catalyst to create and establish a culture of innovation throughout ACT. We encourage idea sharing and collaboration with Bloom, our idea management platform. Even the next big thing once started as just an idea.

View Innovation Video.


We love bringing great people together.undefined

Great people, great music, great food – it doesn’t get much better than that. We celebrate our accomplishments and show our appreciation by jamming out every summer during our Groovin’ on the Green event and at our Mix & Jingle event around the holidays. We also have a variety of other events to keep us connected and to find out what’s happening at ACT.

View Year in Review.

We give back.undefined

Every fall, we dedicate a full week to our United Way campaign and pick a new, funky theme each year. Our week long campaign brings all team members – on and off campus – together to make a difference in our communities.

Our Corporate Giving Committee gives back to our communities. We donate to numerous organizations dedicated to local education, human and social needs, community betterment, and disaster relief.

View Giving back ACT Style.


We care about your health and well-being.undefined

We want to help you achieve happiness, health, and well-being. Our Iowa City Wellness at ACT program offers free onsite monthly 10-minute chair massages, fitness classes, a nurse practitioner, and annual health screenings. We offer onsite convenience services including a weekly food box program to deliver fresh, local food right to work, plus prescription and dry cleaning delivery. We participate in the National Bike Challenge, sponsor individual and team fitness challenges throughout the year, and have fun outings like our annual ACT Golf Blast.

Who We Serve

From teachers to students, employers to job seekers, policymakers to researchers, ACT seeks to inform and empower individuals so they can impact change. Every year, our nonprofit organization reaches millions of people in all 50 states and in more than 125 countries worldwide.

We help education and policy administrators make informed decisions so that teachers and counselors can better help students help themselves. We help human resources make smart hiring decisions and help companies retain and develop a skilled workforce, so they can stay in business. At the same time, we help job seekers gain credentials and determine their paths to success.

Our Solutions

As a trusted leader in research and assessments for college and career readiness, ACT is committed to help solve the daunting problems faced by our nation. Which is why we're building systems that provide insights not only on achievement, but on behaviors and goals.

We believe these insights will help individuals better prepare for success throughout their lives—from kindergarten through career. The new efforts will broaden and extend our core mission: Helping people achieve education and career success.

Success Stories

ACT is proud to showcase the stories of people who've defined success on their own terms and made significant changes to reach their goals. Find out more about their moments of inspiration and the catalysts that sparked their journey on the road to achievement. Learn more


​​ACT's national office complex is located in the midwestern university community of Iowa City, Iowa. ACT also carries out a variety of functions at facilities from coast to coast and in other countries.

National Office, Iowa City, IA
This modern complex is staffed with men and women with education and experience in testing and measurement, computer technology, marketing, publications production, communications, education, writing, editing, finance, and management.

Office of Strategic Initiatives, Washington, DC
This office serves as the liaison with national education consortia and the federal government. The team focuses on advocacy, policy initiatives, and the development of key partnerships for ACT.

Hunt Valley, MD
The Hunt Valley office specializes in product research, development, testing, and customer support for several of ACT's products. This team is primarily focused on and supports our core computer and web-based testing and placement programs.

Chattanooga, TN
The ACT KeyTrain office in Chattanooga houses workforce sales and development functions. Workforce curriculum development, including product development and support for the ACT KeyTrain and ACT Career Ready 101 products, also is conducted in this location.

Offices Throughout the World

ACT's international initiatives build on the education and workforce services ACT has developed over the past five decades and extend them to individuals and organizations throughout the world.​​​

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    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at ACT full-time


    The work environment is wonderful from the people to the facilities. The benefits are also above average. I enjoy coming to work and having a work/life balance again.


    They are slow to change but that is part of their quality assurance, so in this case the con is not so bad. The biggest challenge for the near term is the dependency on poor performing partners.

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    Do not be afraid to make changes when things are not working. Please DO NOT compromise our quality reputation.

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ACT Interviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
Updated Jul 14, 2014

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    Secretary/Administrative Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Iowa City, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Iowa City, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at ACT.

    Interview Details

    Plan on taking pre-employment employment tests developed by the company. Stress that you are open to learning about different positions, departments, and responsibilities. Due to the high turnover and constant organizational changes, your job will move or change every other year.

    Interview Questions
    • How long do you plan on staying in Iowa City?   View Answer
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    No negotiation for non-exempt staff. Negotiation for higher level executives though.
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Additional Info

Headquarters Iowa City, IA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1959
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Education
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

At ACT, a mission-driven nonprofit organization, our insights unlock potential and create solutions that build education and workplace success.

We understand and care about the urgent need to improve college and career readiness. With more than 50 years of data and research bolstering our efforts, ACT delivers solutions no other organization can.

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