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ACT: important for college

Students who took the ACT exam in October can receive their ACT scores starting today. Is the ACT right for your student? Read on to learn more about the important college admissions test.

ACT scores are important in the college admissions process

Today is judgement day for some students.

OK, it's not that bad, but students who took the ACT test on Oct. 26, 2010 can start checking their scores on the ACT website today. To view their scores, students must have a profile on ACTStudent.org.

What is the ACT?

You might not know about the ACT, but your teen likely does. ACT scores are accepted by most colleges throughout the United States as a measure of educational ability.

The ACT is comprised of a 30-minute writing test and four subject tests: English, mathematics, reading and science. The full exam is offered six times throughout the year: September, October, December, February, April, and June.

Scoring range

Students receive a score ranging from one to 36, with 36 being a perfect score. The national average ACT score is 21 for 2010. Less than one tenth of one percent of test-taking students score a perfect 36, according to ACT.org.

Students are allowed to take the test up to 12 times. Most students take the test only once or twice, but 55 percent of students who retake the test get a higher score their second time around.

How can your student study?

There are numerous study aids to help your student prepare for the ACT. The ACTStudent.org website offers many study tips, and bookstores are filled with test preparation books for your student. Many tutoring agencies offer ACT prep classes -- these tests are expensive, but many offer a money-back guarantee if your student doesn't achieve his target score.

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