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Posted: January 28, 2009 9:24 a.m.

Registration Open For April 4 ACT Test

The next ACT achievement test will be administered on April 4. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Feb. 27. Late registration deadline is available Feb. 28 - March 13 for an extra fee. Students may register online at www.actstudent.org, or pick up registration forms from high school counseling offices.

April is an ideal time for juniors to take the test. Once they receive their scores, they can plan their senior coursework to better prepare for college and careers. Students may select to send their test scores for free to as many as four colleges or universities during the registration process. Test results may also be sent after the test at additional cost. ACT offers true student choice; students decide only those test scores they wish to report.

The cost is $31 for the traditional ACT test and $46 for the ACT Plus Writing. Students should determine whether colleges and universities they are considering require the optional writing score. A list of schools that require the writing test can be found at www.actstudent.org/writing. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States.

The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement exam, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, and takes about three hours. The ACT Plus Writing requires an additional 30 minutes to complete. Unlike other tests, students are not penalized for guessing and answering all the questions on each section. In fact, it is beneficial to students to answer all questions.

The ACT website, www.actstudent.org , has helpful information, free sample tests and inexpensive test prep materials.
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