At ACT, our mission is to help people achieve education and workplace success. ACT team members bring this mission to life.
Our more than 1,500 employees are driven to make a meaningful difference—and it shows. ACT reaches more than 10 million people in all 50 states and more than 125 countries worldwide. From the elementary grades through postsecondary and career, we deliver nearly 15 million assessments each year. For students, educators, policymakers, job searchers, and more, our research and insights help improve lives.
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.
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.
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.
We love bringing great people together.
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.
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We give back.
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.
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
Each year, our nonprofit organization reaches millions of people in all 50 states and in more than 125 countries worldwide. Our research and assessments yield vital insights about college and career readiness. These insights:
- Guide students as they navigate transitions throughout their learning paths
- Empower education administrators to make informed judgments
- Foster parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress
- Assist human resources professionals as they make hiring decisions
- Help companies retain and develop a skilled workforce
- Provide job seekers with credentials and a streamlined path to success
- Help state and national government agencies understand current education and workforce issues
Most people know us for the ACT® college readiness assessment—the college admissions and placement test taken by more than 1.8 million high school graduates every year. But that’s just one aspect of our wide-ranging work.
We believe in the value of early engagement, data, and preparation for both college and career. We offer comprehensive assessment, research, information, and program management services to support education and workforce development. Over the years, ACT has earned a reputation as a thought leader, as well as the trust of educators, practitioners, and policymakers.
ACT research informs policy decisions and helps develop programs that boost lifelong learning potential in schools and workplaces around the world. Above all, we’re passionate about making a difference in all we do.
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 team members contribute to our organization from coast to coast and even from other countries. We recognize the importance of hiring skilled team members who will thrive in our company culture. We’re open to exploring workplace options to match your location needs. View current career opportunities at ACT locations.
- National Headquarters, Iowa City, Iowa
Our beautiful 340-acre campus includes a complex of modern buildings, expansive outdoor meeting space, and walking trails. It also includes natural areas featuring a pond, prairie, and woodland. The main campus houses experts in test development, research, technology, sales, marketing, communications, customer service, and other support functions. Find out more about the Iowa City area at the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
- Washington, DC
The ACT office in our nation’s capital serves as the liaison with national education consortia, workforce agencies, and the federal government. The team focuses on advocacy, policy initiatives, and the development of key partnerships for ACT.
- Hunt Valley, Maryland
The Hunt Valley office specializes in product research, development, testing, and customer support for several ACT products. This team focuses on our core computer and web-based testing and placement programs.
- Atlanta, Georgia
The Atlanta office specializes in ACT Work Ready Communities, empowering states, regions, and counties with data, processes, and tools that drive economic growth.
- Austin, Texas
The Austin office specializes in sales, test development, product line management, and international outreach.
- Global Presence
ACT international initiatives build on the education and workforce services developed over the past five decades and extend them to individuals and organizations throughout the world. ACT offices in several international locations support our global mission.
- The ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation reaches across organizational boundaries, collaborating with education and workforce stakeholders to develop strategic approaches to support working learners in their journeys toward successful careers and lives. The ACT Foundation is based in Austin, Texas, and Iowa City, Iowa, with additional team members across the United States. Learn more about working for the ACT Foundation.
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- Senior Management
I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 10 years)RecommendsNeutral OutlookRecommendsNeutral Outlook
Great benefits - great insurance, paid sick leave, personal days, floating holidays, vacation. Also a volunteer day and career development days. I think they are trying to move in a good direction culturally. Senior leadership seems to honestly try to make ACT a better place to work.
The structure is top heavy and communication is spotty. Don't see much progress eliminating silos, just being replaced with new ones. There seems to be little accountability and the same mistakes are repeated over and over. In a state of reorganization with little input from the mid to lower ranks. Resulting new positions open and fill behind closed doors, not always allowing for other internal candidates to apply.
Advice to Management
Talent Strategy doesn't understand the roles yet is given too much authority over them. See Career Stage Model - supervisors and coordinators are listed as individual contributors - the very definitions of the words say otherwise. Trust departments to know what they need without all the micromanaging from above when it comes to staffing.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at ACT.
For a candidate seeking a non-leadership position, there were far too many hoops to jump through. A phone interview, a test, a work-product assignment test, then another phone interview, then over 3 hours of in-person interviews with seven people in four different rooms. The interviewers had competing agendas and did not seem very clear on what skill set they wanted. The definition of the position changed throughout the process. In the end, I did not get an offer, but I did get a curt formulaic e-mail for all of my time. I regretted applying, not because I did not get an offer, but because I let my time be wasted by an organization that was already showing signs of inefficiency and in-fighting to an outsider. The vetting process was overkill.
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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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