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Registration open for October ACT test

Registration is open for the Oct. 27 ACT college readiness exam. Students who wish to take the exam must register by Sept. 21.

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. 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 receive their score reports at no additional charge.

The ACT student website,, offers helpful information, free sample questions and complete practice tests.