NSCAS ACT Parental Consent Form
Each year, Nebraska public school students in the Third Year Cohort, typically juniors, are required
by state law to take a standard college entrance exam. The Nebraska Department of Education
(NDE) administers the ACT test for this purpose. Below is information for parents to understand the
process that accompanies the actual test. The NDE Statewide Assessment Office requests you read
this information, complete the consent portion, and return it to your student’s school.
Features and benefits of taking the ACT
• It measures what students have learned in high school.
• There is no cost to the student or the family for this administration.
• Testing will occur during the school day.
• The results can be used for admission to many colleges and universities.
• The results will help determine the student’s academic readiness for college and provide career
guidance based on information provided to ACT.
What information does ACT want to know?
Before test day, students will be asked to provide basic identifying information and information about their
college and career interests. Note: ACT does not require a Social Security number.
These fields are required for ACT to
generate and deliver the student’s score
• Name (first, last, middle initial)
• Date of birth
Some sections collect additional
information about the student and their
college and career interests. These sections
are helpful for college and career planning.
• High school course/grade
• Student Profile Section
Interest Inventory (see below)
ACT encourages students to complete these optional sections so that they can
receive additional college and career planning information in addition to the test
scores on the score reports.
Note: If the student chooses not to complete these sections, the score reports will
be partially blank. This includes reports sent to the student’s high school, any
colleges or universities, and their ACT Educational Opportunity Service (EOS)
ACT Interest Inventory
Nebraska students will have access to information for planning beyond high school by completing the non-
test portions of the ACT. The ACT Interest Inventory is completed prior to the test date and is considered to
be part of the “non-test” portion of the assessment. In completing the non-test portions, students will
provide information which will result in personalized career information and a comprehensive profile for
colleges which demonstrates work done in high school as well as future plans. As part of the Interest
Inventory students are asked questions related to interest in postsecondary education, educational needs
and interests, factors influencing college choices, etc. The interest inventory questions are optional and can
be found in the document Taking the ACT,
can direct their student to not participate in the interest inventory or skip specific questions.
ACT Educational Opportunity Service (EOS)