Registration deadline for December ACT Nov. 4

College-bound high school students can take the ACT college admission and placement exam Dec. 10, the next national test date. The deadline for postmark or online registration is Nov. 4. The late registration deadline is Nov. 17 (an additional $18 fee is required for late registration).

Students can get registration materials from their high school counselor, or they can register online on ACT’s student Web site ( Students can also find the testing location closest to them on this Web site.

The ACT is an achievement test that measures what students have learned in school. The basic ACT exam includes four parts: English, reading, mathematics and science. An optional writing test is also available. Some colleges require or recommend a writing score, but many do not. To find out if a writing score is required by particular colleges, students may visit ACT’s Web site for a searchable list, or they may check with the colleges directly. ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges across the nation.

Some students perform better on the ACT than on other college entrance exams because it is based on achievement, not aptitude. The basic exam takes three hours to complete, plus an additional 30 minutes for those who opt to take the writing test.

The basic registration fee for the ACT is $29. An additional $14 fee is required for students who choose to take the ACT Writing Test, bringing the total registration fee to $43 for these students. Free sample tests are available from school counselors and on ACT’s Web site, which also offers additional practice tests for a minimal fee.

From the Nov. 2-8, 2005, issue

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