Since 1959, ACT has collected and reported data on students’ academic readiness for college—both nationally and state specific. Preparing for college and career is a process that occurs throughout elementary and secondary education. Measuring academic performance over time provides meaningful and compelling information about the college readiness of students. ACT research also shows that certain nonacademic factors can play a role in student college success. Learn what to look for beyond GPA and test scores to predict the greatest likelihood of college success.