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ACT Overview
Iowa City, IA
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$100 to $500 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 ... Read more

Mission: Helping people achieve education and workplace success.

ACT – Why Work For Us?

At ACT, our mission is to help people achieve education and workplace success. ACT team members bring this mission to life.

Our more than 1,100 team members are driven to make a meaningful difference—and it shows. ACT reaches millions of people in all 50 states and more than 130 countries worldwide. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions that empower individuals with insights to succeed from elementary school through career. For students, educators, policymakers, job searchers, and more, our research and insights help improve lives.

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

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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 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.

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.


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 a free state-of-the-art Wellness Center, onsite monthly 10-minute chair massages, fitness classes, and a nurse practitioner. 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 130 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

Our Solutions

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 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.
  • 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.

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    Beautiful campus, on site wellness center free for employees.


    Like most places, you have to manage interoffice politics.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at ACT (New York, NY).


    Was recommended to apply for the position by the former district manager. Did two phone interviews - one with talent acquisition and one with hiring manager. Was told I should hear something within a week and loved everything I had to say. Needless to say two months later no response from anyone. Horrible communication and not worth the effort that went into me writing cover letter, resume, etc. Really disappointing

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