Deadline Nears for ACT

Free sample tests are available from school counselors or on the
ACT Web site
The last day to register for the Dec. 10 ACT is Nov. 4. Late registration for the college entrance and placement exam is Nov. 17.

The test will be administered at Gavilan College, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., in Gilroy.

Registration materials are available online at the ACT student Web site, www.actstudent.org or in the high school counseling office.

The ACT is a nonprofit organization that administers more than 100 assessment tests for education and workforce development.

The ACT exam is made up of four parts including English, reading, math and science. There is also an optional writing test available. Some colleges require or recommend a writing score, but many do not, according to an ACT press release.

To find out if a writing score is required by a particular college, call the school or visit the ACT Web site. ACT scores are accepted by virtually every college nationwide.

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

Registration is $29 and an extra $14 for students who opt to take the writing test. An $18 extra fee is required for late registration. Free sample tests are available from school counselors or on the ACT Web site.

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