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Registration open for next ACT

The next ACT achievement test will be administered on April 4, and students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by today. Late registration deadline is available from Saturday until 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 because once they receive their scores, they can plan their senior course work 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 Web site, www.actstudent.org , has helpful information, free sample tests and inexpensive test prep materials.

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than one hundred assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and work force development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies - nationally and internationally.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, ACT offers a wide variety of solutions that share one guiding purpose - to help people achieve education and workplace success. For more information about ACT, visit www.act.org.