|ACAT Pencil and Paper||ACAT Online/ACAT-N|
|Questions are presented 10-14 on a page.||Questions are presented one at a time.|
|Students use standard bubble sheets. For some students accuracy on this medium can present a challenge.||Students use any computer with a Windows™ operating system and Internet Explorer™ or Firefox™ web browsers. Minimum specifications are easily met.|
|Results are provided to the department approximately 10-14 days after receipt of the answer forms by PACAT.||Departments can allow students to see their scores immediately on completion of the test. Departments can also elect to receive scores by e-mail when students finish testing. Complete reports are sent approximately 7 days after receipt of confirmation testing is complete.|
|Students sit through the full time limit for the test. ||ACAT Online: At the discretion of the proctor, students may leave when they are finished.|
ACAT-N: Students may complete and exit the test at any time until the limit is reached.
|Departments can send tests to remote sites by mail for students who are not on their main campus. Materials must be secured onsite, retrieved, and returned to PACAT.||ACAT Online: Departments can distribute authentication codes to remote sites by email. There are no materials to be returned.|
ACAT-N: Departments distribute authentication codes and self-administration instructions to individual students. There are no materials to be returned.
|Paper ACATs expire on May 31 of each year and cannot be used after that date. No refunds are given for unused tests returned to PACAT.||Authentication codes do not expire. Students using a valid authentication code will always take the current version of the ACAT.|
|Multi-sited campuses must order their tests specifically by campus location or must insure that each remote site knows and uses the correct code.||Students from multi-sited institutions select their campus code from an on-screen list that appears when they begin the test. Codes are generic and can be used by any site.|
|Orders processed less than 10 working days prior to administration are assessed a rush processing fee in addition to expedited shipping costs. Orders received after 12:00 Noon (Central) may not be processed until the following business day.||Orders processed on the day prior to administration (M-F) are filled by email without a rush processing fee. Orders received after 12:00 Noon (Central) may not be processed until the following business day.|