Mission: Helping people achieve education and workplace success.
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.
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!
When it comes to our benefits, we deliver the full package.
View our Benefits Summary.
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 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.
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.
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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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 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:
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.
I have been working at ACT (Iowa City) full-time (More than 10 years)
Friendly people, Mission-Driven, Work/Life Balance and fitness highly valued.
Lower salaries than at the competition because most of them are public co's and ACT is not-for-profit, but the quality of life at the Company is well worth the slightly reduced pay... And salaries are getting signifcantly better in recent years
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at ACT (Iowa City).
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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