North Carolina is Starting to Require the ACT

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Around 100,000 high school juniors from public and charter schools throughout North Carolina took the ACT today. This marks the first year that the test has been required for all upcoming graduates in North Carolina, starting with the class of 2013.

The ACT exam’s registration fees typically costs students $34 or $49.50 (if they opt to take the writing test). The exam was provided to junior test-takers free of charge, but cost the state of North Carolina $4.6 million dollars. To help foot this hefty bill, schools received funding by dropping the previously required 10th grade writing test. Because the version of the ACT North Carolina selected to give juniors includes a writing test, state officials deem it no longer necessary to require sophomores to take the writing test, originally required under the No Child Left Behind law.

What were students tested on today? The ACT is comprised of 215 multiple choice questions. Four key subject areas are included in every test. An additional writing section is optional, but must be selected upon registering for the test. Today, juniors in North Carolina were tested on all five sections. These sections include English, mathematics, reading, science and the writing component. The ACT is scored on a scale from 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest.

If you’re interested in taking the ACT, it is administered in the United States, U.S. territories, Pureto Rico, and Canada on six test dates throughout the year. The next test date currently open for registration is the April 14th exam. Registration for this exam must be submitted to ACT by March 9th in order to avoid late fees. For more information on how to register for the ACT, click here.

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