ACT Uses FICO Optimization to Deliver Millions of Individualized College Entrance Exams in Record Time
- ACT has reduced the time required to assemble test forms from 2-4 weeks to 2 days
- ACT can serve over 40,000 concurrent examinees with latency below ½ a second per test item.
- ACT won a 2019 FICO® Decisions Award for Cloud Deployment.
Non-profit learning, measurement and navigation organization
The organization won the award for significantly increasing the efficiency of its test assembly process using the FICO® Xpress Platform in the cloud to reduce the time required to assemble test forms from 2-4 weeks to 2 days. In addition to greatly increasing productivity with test production automation, this platform also enables ACT to assemble individualized test forms in real-time and serve more than 40,000 concurrent examinees with latency below half a second per item.
More information: https://www.fico.com/en/products/fico-xpress-optimization
ACT used FICO Xpress to integrate what is known as
Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies, and employers in the
With millions of ACT tests taken every year, the Echo-Adapt platform's ATA integration allows ACT to develop new tests at the scale and speed demanded by its users, who look to the organization to offer an ever-expanding range of testing options.
In addition to helping the team at ACT, the FICO optimized solution also benefits students as it allows for shorter and more accurate tests as the question selection can be optimized in real time based on the student's answers. Because it allows ACT to fine-tune and personalize tests to the student's exact needs and competency level, this innovative approach lays the groundwork for assessment and learning products that focus on providing actionable feedback to the student.
Lastly, its also important to note that the new optimized solution is easy to use: Most Echo-Adapt users are psychometricians and test developers with very limited knowledge of optimization, programming, and coding.
"Since adding ATA functionality to Echo-Adapt in
"ACT used FICO's cutting-edge analytics to address a clear market demand," said
ACT is a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness solutions. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career.
About the FICO® Decisions Awards
The FICO Decisions Awards recognize organizations that are achieving remarkable success using FICO solutions. A panel of independent judges with deep industry expertise evaluates nominations based upon measurable improvement in key metrics; demonstrated use of best practices; project scale, depth and breadth; and innovative uses of technology. The 2019 judges are:
Sharon Kimathi, editor at FinTech Futures Leslie Parrish, analyst – retail banking at Aite Denise Sleem, functional specialist at Medscheme/Helios (2018 winner) Alex Woodie, managing editor at Datanami Les Yeamans, founder at RT Insights
The winners of the FICO Decisions Awards will be spotlighted at various FICO events in 2020 and win tickets to FICO® World 2021, the
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