Register by Sept. 19 for October ACT test

Register by Sept. 19 for October ACT test College-bound high school students who want to take the ACT Assessment on the Oct. 25 national test date should register by the postmark deadline of Sept. 19. The late registration deadline is Oct. 3 (an additional fee is required for late registration). Students can get registration materials from their school counselor or register online at www.act.org.

ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges in the nation, including all Ivy League schools. The test is given in all 50 states. The test fee is $26 ($29 in Florida). A student's ACT scores are considered by colleges for admissions and course placement, along with several other important factors including high school GPA, college prep courses taken in high school, extracurricular activities, personal background and other information.

The ACT is an achievement test that includes four parts: English, reading, mathematics and science. The ACT is not an aptitude test, but is based on the curriculum taught in high school and what colleges expect students to know when they begin their first year at college.

Students are urged to take sample tests before the test date to become familiar with the format. Free sample tests are available from high school counselors and sample questions can be found on ACT's Web site. The Web site also offers inexpensive practice tests and a CD-ROM that gives students an instant test score and study tips.

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