ACT Aspire Exemplar Items

ACT Aspire has developed two resources designed to help students, parents, educators, and policymakers become familiar with ACT Aspire test presentation and content. These resources, the Student Sandbox and the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, illustrate the different types of test questions and formats found in both paper-based and computer-based testing modes.

Resources for English

Student Sandbox (TestNav8)

The Student Sandbox provides students an opportunity to become familiar not only with ACT Aspire test questions, but also with navigating the TestNav test platform. Like the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, the Student Sandbox will present at least one test question for each reporting category for a given test. The Student Sandbox should be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone. To access, click the "Student Sandbox" button at the bottom of the instructions on the right, and use the appropriate login information below to sign in.

English Student Sandbox Logins

Exemplar Test Question Booklets (PDF)

ACT Aspire has developed a booklet for each grade and subject that defines ACT Aspire reporting categories for each test. These booklets present at least one test question aligned to each of the reporting categories on a given test. Depth of Knowledge level (DOK), a description of the task presented by the test question, and a description of the correct response are also provided, along with Improvement Idea Statements to help students build on their current level of skill and knowledge.

Exemplar Test Question Booklets - English

Resources for Reading

Student Sandbox (TestNav8)

The Student Sandbox provides students an opportunity to become familiar not only with ACT Aspire test questions, but also with navigating the TestNav test platform. Like the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, the Student Sandbox will present at least one test question for each reporting category for a given test. The Student Sandbox should be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone. To access, click the "Student Sandbox" button at the bottom of the instructions on the right, and use the appropriate login information below to sign in.

Reading Student Sandbox Logins

Exemplar Test Question Booklets (PDF)

ACT Aspire has developed a booklet for each grade and subject that defines ACT Aspire reporting categories for each test. These booklets present at least one test question aligned to each of the reporting categories on a given test. Depth of Knowledge level (DOK), a description of the task presented by the test question, and a description of the correct response are also provided, along with Improvement Idea Statements to help students build on their current level of skill and knowledge.

Exemplar Test Question Booklets - Reading

Resources for Math

Student Sandbox (TestNav8)

The Student Sandbox provides students an opportunity to become familiar not only with ACT Aspire test questions, but also with navigating the TestNav test platform. Like the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, the Student Sandbox will present at least one test question for each reporting category for a given test. The Student Sandbox should be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone. To access, click the "Student Sandbox" button at the bottom of the instructions on the right, and use the appropriate login information below to sign in.

Math Student Sandbox Logins

Exemplar Test Question Booklets (PDF)

ACT Aspire has developed a booklet for each grade and subject that defines ACT Aspire reporting categories for each test. These booklets present at least one test question aligned to each of the reporting categories on a given test. Depth of Knowledge level (DOK), a description of the task presented by the test question, and a description of the correct response are also provided, along with Improvement Idea Statements to help students build on their current level of skill and knowledge.

Exemplar Test Question Booklets - Math

Resources for Science

Student Sandbox (TestNav8)

The Student Sandbox provides students an opportunity to become familiar not only with ACT Aspire test questions, but also with navigating the TestNav test platform. Like the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, the Student Sandbox will present at least one test question for each reporting category for a given test. The Student Sandbox should be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone. To access, click the "Student Sandbox" button at the bottom of the instructions on the right, and use the appropriate login information below to sign in.

Science Student Sandbox Logins

Exemplar Test Question Booklets (PDF)

ACT Aspire has developed a booklet for each grade and subject that defines ACT Aspire reporting categories for each test. These booklets present at least one test question aligned to each of the reporting categories on a given test. Depth of Knowledge level (DOK), a description of the task presented by the test question, and a description of the correct response are also provided, along with Improvement Idea Statements to help students build on their current level of skill and knowledge.

Exemplar Test Question Booklets - Science

Resources for Writing

Student Sandbox (TestNav8)

The Student Sandbox provides students an opportunity to become familiar not only with ACT Aspire test questions, but also with navigating the TestNav test platform. Like the Exemplar Test Question Booklets, the Student Sandbox will present at least one test question for each reporting category for a given test. The Student Sandbox should be accessed with a desktop or laptop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone. To access, click the "Student Sandbox" button at the bottom of the instructions on the right, and use the appropriate login information below to sign in.

Writing Student Sandbox Logins

Exemplar Test Question Booklets (PDF)

ACT Aspire has developed a booklet for each grade and subject that defines ACT Aspire reporting categories for each test. These booklets present at least one test question aligned to each of the reporting categories on a given test. Depth of Knowledge level (DOK), a description of the task presented by the test question, and a description of the correct response are also provided, along with Improvement Idea Statements to help students build on their current level of skill and knowledge.

Exemplar Test Question Booklets - Writing

Student Sandbox Login Instructions

To access the ACT Aspire Student Sandbox:


  1. Click on the 'Student Sandbox' button below.
  2. Enter the username and password (found at left) for the content area you wish to view.

Login information for each subject can be found on Avocet, or by clicking each subject's tab on the left.