Registration deadline approaching for college bound to take ACT test


College-bound high school students can register by March 9 for the next national ACT test date. The test will be administered nationwide on Saturday, April 14, 2007.

Students who miss the March 9 deadline can do a late registration for an additional fee. The late registration deadline is March 23. Students can register online at, or they can get registration materials from high school counselors.

The ACT is accepted by all colleges and universities that use admissions tests in their application process. It's an academic achievement test covering four subject areas: English, reading, mathematics, and science. Students can choose to take the ACT with or without the optional Writing Test. The ACT costs $29 without the Writing Test and $43 with writing. The majority of colleges don't require a writing score, so students should check with the colleges they're considering before registering for the test. The late registration fee is $19.

Colleges and universities use ACT scores, along with other information, to determine if a student is academically ready for college-level coursework. Students with lower ACT scores are likely to need remedial courses to help bring them up-to-speed for college-level courses.

With the ACT, students can choose not to report any scores automatically to colleges. Later, after receiving their scores, students can decide to test again before reporting scores. Colleges only see the scores that students choose to report—they don't see all scores for each time a student takes the ACT.

For more information about the ACT, including sample tests and online preparation, go to


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