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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:28 AM

Attention, parents and students! ACT announces big changes to testing policies

In changes announced Tuesday, high school students will be allowed to retake individual sections of the ACT college admissions test rather than having to sit again for the entire three-hour test in an effort to raise their scores.

The new ACT policies go into effect next fall. Colleges that require standardized admissions tests accept either the ACT or the SAT. These changes are likely designed to make the ACT more attractive to test-takers.

For the first time in the ACTís 60-year history, students who have already taken the exam will be allowed to sign up to take an individual section at a prorated fee.

Each section -- English, math, reading, science and/or writing -- earns a scaled score between 1 and 36 that contributes to a composite score, also scaled to 36. So, a student who did well on every section but math will be able to register to retake only math starting in September of 2020.

In some testing centers, students will be able to choose between digital or paper versions of the ACT. The online version will produce results in two days, compared to two weeks or more for the paper-and-pencil version. The test is now administered only on paper on national test dates.


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