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ACT registration deadline is March 7

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By The Staff

College-hopeful high school students can take the ACT college admission and placement exam on April 12, the next nationwide test date. The registration postmark deadline is March 7.

The registration fee is $30 for the traditional ACT (without the writing test) and $44.50 for the ACT Plus Writing. The late registration postmark deadline is March 21. An additional $19 fee is required for late registration.

Students can obtain registration information and materials from their high school guidance counselors' office, or they can register on ACT's Web site at www.actstudent.org.

The Web site also features test-taking tips, practice tests, online test prep and a searchable database for students to see if a prospective college requires a writing score.

"Many high school juniors take the ACT in April," said spokesman Scott Gomer. "Their scores can help them assess their current readiness for college coursework and, if needed, work with their counselors and parents to determine what steps they need to take to improve their readiness."

The ACT is an achievement test that measures academic skills in English, reading, math and science. Many colleges and universities do not require the optional ACT Writing Test, so students should check the admission requirements of colleges to which they're considering applying before registering for the ACT.

All major colleges and universities accept ACT scores across the nation. ACT scores are one factor - along with a student's GPA, class rank, courses taken, extracurricular activities and other information - used by colleges to help determine if that student is ready to succeed in college-level coursework at their institution.