Validate Your Policies with ACES

Get a free custom study to help validate or refine your institution's admission and placement policies.

About ACES

Admitted Class Evaluation Service™ (ACES) is a free online service from the College Board designed to help colleges and universities answer important questions about the College Board assessments you use to admit, place, and advise students at your institution. Our expert analysis of the data you supply can serve to validate your admissions and placement policies—or help you refine them.

The annual Validity Study research helped us to redesign our admission decisions, which led to a 12% increase in first-year retention.

Associate vice president of enrollment management at a public four-year university

ACES Features

Learn about the helpful features and offerings you can find in the ACES system so you can build your study with ease.

Online Portal

The ACES portal has a simplified single sign-in for all your submissions. It also features intuitive dashboards that make it easy to design your report, submit your data, and find data you’ve already uploaded and from previous reports.

New Studies

We’ve added two new studies to our offerings. Our Retention Study looks at student retention and our Completion Study looks at student degree completion, using SAT scores as a predictor.

Report Features

All reports allow you to:

  • See interactive graphs
  • Compare study results year-over-year
  • Flag students at risk for not returning (for admission validity studies only)
  • Get faster results—reports are now available within 20 business days of a completed study request

Related Resources

Use these resources to design your ACES study, including comprehensive step-by-step guides, downloadable templates, and interactive graphics.

ACES Studies

Get details about the types of studies you can request through ACES, what kind of data you should include in your study, and how to get a report.

View Study Types

Data Layout Tables

Download different Excel templates with the correct data layout based on your ACES study.

Download Templates

Design and Use Guides

Get step-by-step instructions on how to design your ACES study and learn how to use the interactive graphs.

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Find answers to frequently asked questions about requesting an ACES study, how to use the ACES portal, what details are required for a study, and more.

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[I think this kind of study] is hugely critical and meaningful, especially in consideration of the rapid changes in higher education.

Strategic planning administrator at a public four-year university