High school students must register for ACT by Aug. 23

High school students must register for ACT by Aug. 23


The next ACT Assessment will be administered on Sept. 28, 2002. College-bound high school students must register for the college admissions exam by Aug. 23—the deadline for having the registration postmarked. There is a late registration deadline of Sept. 6, but an extra fee is charged for late registrations. Students can get registration packets from their high school counselors or register online at www.act.org.

ACT scores are accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and universities including all Ivy League schools. The ACT is not an aptitude test—it is an academic achievement test that measures students on what they learned in high school. Because it is curriculum-based, colleges use ACT scores for more than admissions decisions—they use scores to place freshmen into classes that the students are academically prepared to handle. For admissions decisions, colleges use ACT scores along with a student’s high school grade point average, college prep courses taken, extracurricular activities and other information. The test fee is $25 ($28 in Florida).

ACT’s website (www.act.org) has helpful information, sample tests and the opportunity to test prep materials such as ACTive Prep, an interactive CD-ROM that contains practice tests with instant scores and study plans to prepare for the real test. A free sample test is available from high school counselors in a brochure called Preparing for the ACT Assessment.

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