Iowa City, IA -- The next ACT achievement test will be administered on June 13, 2009. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by May 8, 2009. Late registration deadline is available May 9 -22, 2009 for an extra fee. Students may register online at www.actstudent.org or pick up registration forms from high school counseling offices.
The June test date is popular with high school juniors. Many of them take the ACT at the end of 11th grade, knowing they can re-take it the following year.
Once they receive their scores, juniors can plan their senior coursework to better prepare for college and careers. Seniors who take the test may send up to four free score reports to colleges and universities. Test results represent true student choice; the students decide only those test scores they wish to report.
The cost is $31 for the traditional ACT test and $46 for the ACT Plus Writing. Students should determine whether colleges and universities they are considering require the optional writing score. A list of schools that require the writing test can be found at www.actstudent.org/writing. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States.
This year, ACT is also pleased to begin offering a September test in all 50 states. Registration for the September 12, 2009 test begins in mid-July. For those students who qualify, fee waivers for the September test are available from school counselors. The waivers will be available before summer and are needed during registration.
The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement exam, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, and takes about three hours. The optional ACT Plus Writing requires an additional 30 minutes to complete. Unlike other tests, students are not penalized for guessing and answering all the questions on each section. In fact, it is beneficial to students to answer all questions.
The ACT website, www.actstudent.org, has helpful information, free sample tests and inexpensive test prep materials.