Registration deadline for next ACT exam is May 7
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learning. The ACT also measures what students need to know to be ready for entry-level collegecredit courses based on ACT Col- lege Readiness Stand ards™. Ever y student’s results can be tied directly to these consistent standards.
The ACT has four sections— English, mathematics, reading and science—and takes about three hours to complete. Students who take the ACT Plus Writing complete an optional writing test that requires an additional 30 minutes. Unlike other exams, students are not penalized for guessing or answering all the questions on each test section. In fact, it is beneficial for test takers to answer all questions within the time allowed.
During registration, students may select up to four universities to receive their score reports. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States. ACT reports scores only when requested to do so by the student. Additional score reports are available for a small fee.
Each test taker receives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of information to assist with college readiness, career planning and college admissions.
The cost for the ACT test without writing is $32. When combined with the optional ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $47. Students who qualify may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor.
Current high school juniors in Texas may use state vouchers in order to register for the June 12 test date. A refund may also be given to juniors who have already paid their June test registration fee.
The state voucher and refund are now available because the Texas Education Agency (TEA) contracted to offer EXPLORE®, PLAN® and ACT® tests throughout the state at no cost to students in grades 8-12. Specific registration information is available from high school counselors.
The ACT website, www.actstudent. org, has helpful information, free sample items and options to order inexpensive test prep materials to assist test takers get ready for the exam.
Most students register online, but they may also pick up registration forms from their high school counseling offices; these forms must be postmarked by May 7. Late registration is available until May 21 for an extra fee.