SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

Register Now for October ACT® Test

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Registration is now open for the October 27, 2012 ACT college readiness exam. Students who wish to take the exam must register by September 21, 2011.

Students may register online at or by mail. Paper registration forms may be obtained from school counselor offices or by requesting a registration packet from ACT.

The cost for the ACT test (with no writing test) is $35. The cost for the ACT Plus Writing is $50.50. Fee waivers are available to qualified students who can't afford the registration fee. Students should apply for a fee waiver through their school counselor's office.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It measures what students have learned in school and what they need to know to be ready for first-year college courses.

The ACT comprises four multiple choice subject tests-English, mathematics, reading and science-and takes about three hours, plus breaks, to complete. An optional essay writing test, which takes an additional 30 minutes, is also available. Students who wish to take the writing test should register for the ACT Plus Writing.

During registration, students may select up to four colleges or universities to which to automatically send their score reports at no additional charge. All four-year colleges and universities across the United States accept ACT scores for admission purposes. ACT sends score reports only when authorized to do so by the student.

Each test taker receives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of information to assist with high school course selection, college readiness, career planning and college admissions.

The ACT student website,, offers helpful information, free sample questions and complete practice tests, and inexpensive test prep materials to help students prepare for the exam. However, the best preparation is to take challenging courses in school, study hard, and learn the material.