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High ACT score can be the ticket you need to college

Scoring well on your ACT can be the ticket you need to get to college. The ACT is a test that colleges use to evaluate possible incoming students. A high score on the test can mean admittance to your college of choice and an attractive offering of scholarship dollars.

The basic test covers four subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. Some students opt to also take the writing portion of the test. All four-year colleges and universities in the United States accept ACT scores.

The ACT test is offered six times annually at approved facilities. Locally, it is offered in Millersburg at the Wayne College Holmes Campus. The cost is $36.50 for the basic test and an additional $16 for the writing test. Check with your school counselor to see if you qualify for a fee waiver that will pay the test cost. The ACT is composed of 215 multiple choice questions and takes about three and a half hours to complete. Students with disabilities may request extended time or special testing. A perfect score is 36. Test scores can be sent to four colleges or universities.

Once a student is accepted at a higher education institution, that college will then offer the student a financial aid package. The financial aid package includes grants, scholarships and loans. These funds will help the student pay for their college education costs. Colleges will review a studentís ACT score and award scholarships based on that score. A higher ACT score can mean more scholarships offered to you. For instance, at one Ohio private university, a score of 22 will grant a $5,000 scholarship; a score of 23 will grant an $11,000 scholarship; and a score of 25 will grant a $14,000 scholarship. A one-point increase in this case can translate to a huge savings in your cost to attend college.

So how do you prepare yourself to score well on the ACT? There are a few things that you can do. First, visit the ACT website at www.actstudent.org. This site will answer all your questions about the test and will show you the test dates and offer online registration. It also offers practice questions and daily test questions. There is a wealth of information available on this one site. You might also look at ACT prep resources located at the high school guidance offices or libraries or the county library. I encourage you to also look at www.freetestprep.com for excellent test preparation resources. This site is administered by BWS Education Consulting.

The Holmes County Education Foundation will sponsor an ACT Turbo Workshop Friday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This workshop will be presented by BWS Education Consulting at the Wayne College Holmes Campus and will be open to students preparing to take the ACT. Preference will be given to Holmes County students who will be incoming seniors in the 2014-15 school year. Cost is $20 or four hours of community service. Only 26 seats are open and the deadline to apply is June 20. The registration forms are available at the Holmes County Education Foundation, high school guidance offices, and Wayne College Holmes Campus. Contact 330-674-7303 for more information. Students who participated in past ACT Turbo Workshops increased their test score by one to four points.

There will also be several tips and techniques offered at the workshop. I encourage you to check out these resources and to sign up for the workshop. It will be to your advantage to do so and may lighten your costs to attend college in the future.

Published: June 19, 2014
New Article ID: 2014706199995