You can’t get copies of the test questions or your answers if you take an ACT District administered test. This is opposed to the ACT national test dates. (Other exceptions are International, State, and Special test dates.) For example, the ACT test date in April during a school week (not a Saturday) is a District test.
There does not seem to be any logical explanations for this.
Maybe the ACT district test is cheaper? That’s why you can’t get questions and answers?
The District test is not cheaper than a national test. For example, our district charged us $75 for a District ACT test with writing. A National ACT test with writing (no questions or answers) is $58.50. I also found that ACT charged our district $61.50 for the ACT with writing, more than an individual would pay for a National ACT test.
It may be that the school gets some type of data for these tests, but the school is paying more to it. (Not to mention that computers should make gathering data from scattered tests easier than it once was. I suspect that schools used to only be able to get data from these special district tests.)
It’s not like ACT has some extra expense with district tests so they have to cut costs. Questions and answers on national tests aren’t free either. If you want copies of the test questions and answers on a national test, you have to pay an additional $20 for a Test Information Release. In the fine print of your test report, it will tell you that for a district test you can not pay extra for this option. Of course you have to know that you took a “District” test or realize your test date isn’t eligible.
We didn’t know this until after her score report arrived in the mail (5 weeks after the test date, even though national test date scores are up on-line in generally less than 2 weeks.)
I though it might be our school district’s fault that they didn’t let us know this. But they were surprised to hear about. Maybe was somewhere in their information and they missed it, but it’s not on the ACT webpage for school administrators that explains all the benefits of District Tests, so the information is not obvious.
If the ACT has a good reason for not allowing access to questions and answers on the district test, they should at least be up front about it.