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What You Need To Know About The ACT Test Registration Process

By Linda Hinkle

Getting through the ACT test registration process the first time can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you familiarize yourself with the details well in advance, you can avoid that overwhelmed feeling of drowning in paperwork.

As a high school mathematics teacher for many years, I would watch as students got caught up in frenzy every time the deadline for ACT test registration rolled around. They would rush to the counselor’s office, grab the packet, and hurriedly fill out the forms so that they could get it to the post office to be postmarked just in time to meet the deadline!

Plan now to not wait until the last minute to register. Some basic information you need to know about the registration process follows.

Options for registering:

You may register online or by using a registration packet. The cost is the same for each option, and online registration is quicker and easier. However, there are some circumstances under which you must use the registration packet. You must use the packet if you:

need disability accommodations
need to change your test center or test date
are testing outside the United States
are using a state-funded voucher or fee-waiver
are enrolled in grade 6, 7, 8, or 9
do not have a Visa or Mastercard
A third option for registration is by telephone, but only if you have registered for a national test date within the last two years. There is an additional $10 charge added to the basic fee for this option.

Registration Fees:

The basic fee for the ACT (No Writing) is $29. The fee for the ACT Plus Writing is $43. The basic fee includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four colleges.

Requesting Arranged Testing:

You must request arranged testing if:

you are a homebound or confined student
there is no testing center within 50 miles
your religious beliefs prohibit Saturday testing
Additional Fees That May Apply:

There are various additional fees that can apply which include late registration, changing your testing date or testing center, requesting reports be sent to more that four colleges, as well as some other circumstances.

This is a brief overview of the ACT test registration process for those who have no extenuating circumstances. If you need more complete information, you can find it at the ACT website,

Linda Hinkle is an educator and advocate for parents of high school students. For more information and articles about high school and getting ready for college, visit her website

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Can You Improve Your ACT Test Score?

By Edgar Dapremont

The standardized testing for college entrance has been around for decades and it is not going to change. Colleges are convinced that these test give them a measure of how students will perform at their institutions. If you want to get into a good university you need to achieve the highest score possible. It is possible that almost everyone can improve their test scores.

The weight that is placed on the ACT and SAT scores may vary from college to college. However, by taking one of these is a requirement if you want to attend college. There is the additional benefit of scholarships which depend on what score you achieve on the test.

Research has proven that students will do better if they prepare for the test. There are numerous courses offered to help students to improve their scores and some are expensive. There are free online sites that give tips to students on test taking and offer practice questions and tests.

Students have to make up their minds to work because nothing will occur by osmosis. In many cases they have never been taught to take tests or to think clearly under testing conditions. Parents should encourage their young students as much as possible because the rewards for preparation and hard work can turn into real monetary benefits as well as an outstanding education.

It certainly helps to follow the advice of experienced educators who have spent a lifetime preparing young students to perform well on these tests.

One of the best educators around to help students improve their test score is a committed educator in Mississippi and you can find out how he can help you to do well by visiting my site.

If you are committed to improving your ACT score, you will find this course and CD very helpful. If you live in Mississippi or near New Orleans you can arrange to attend one of these courses. I am an associate of Dr. Acosta and I have known him for almost 30 years. There is not a better teacher anywhere. The CD that he produced will help those students who don’t live in these areas and you can purchase that to help you. The educator is developing an online course which will be available in six months which will be outstanding.

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