Educational Planning and Assessment System® (EPAS®) & Aspire

What is EPAS®?

EPAS is a series of assessments created by ACT® for 8th 12th graders based on the College Readiness Standards.  The three tests administered within local districts are the Explore®, Plan® and ACT®.  Each test is solely aligned to the College Readiness Standards, however, the standards overlap with our Michigan High School Content Expectations. The purpose of EPAS® is to know what levels students are performing at in Math, Reading, Writing and Science,  in addition to predict if students have the skills to be successful or prepared to take college level courses.  The EPAS® system provides a longitudinal, systematic approach to gathering and using data. The system focuses on the integrated, higher-order thinking skills students develop in grades K-12 that are important for success both during and after high school.


  1. Get EPAS materials and read carefully (including the Handbook)!
  2. Decide, as a district, when each assessment is going to be administered, to which students, and who is going to lead this initiative for the district. 
  3. By Nov. 4, 2014, complete and turn in the Sign Up Form.
  4. Follow through with the District Plan by ordering materials including the enhanced reporting packages*, implementing necessary training, administering the assessments to students, submitting the reimbursement forms correctly, utilizing the data, etc. (REPEAT)

EPAS 2013-2014 Sign Up Form

 ACT Compass is a computer-adaptive college placement test that lets educators:
  •  Evaluate incoming students' skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and English as a Second Language
  • Place students in appropriate courses
  • Connect students to the resources they need to achieve academic success

For more details check out:
ACT ASPIRE Resources:

To explore a Sample ACT ASPIRE test, click here:
Click here to view the Answer Key and Grade Band