ACT test scheduled April 9 College-bound high school students can take the ACT Assessment on April 9, the next nationwide test date. The registration postmark deadline is March 4. Late registration postmark deadline is March 18 (an additional fee is required for late regisration).
The ACT Assessment now contains an optional writing test. Some colleges will require writing scores from students entering college in the fall of 2006. Students should check the admissions requirements of colleges they are considering before deciding whether to register for the ACT with or without the writing test. The cost is $28 without and $42 with the writing test.
Students can receive registration information from their high school guidance counselors or they can register on ACT's Web site at www.actstudent.org. The Web site also features test tips practice tests, and a database for students to find out if a prospective college requires a writing score.
ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges and universities in the nation, including all Ivy League schools. Scores are used, along with a student's high school GPA, high school courses taken, extracurricular activities and other information to help determine if a student is academically ready for college-level coursework.
ACT encourages 11th graders to examine their ACT scores for academic weaknesses and take more challenging courses or receive extra help to grow stronger in important academic areas. The ACT Assessment includes four tests; English, reading, math, and science. Students who opt to take the writing test will add 30 minutes to the three-hour normal testing time.