Registration is now open for the April 13 administration of the ACT college and career readiness exam. Students who want to take the exam on this date must register by March 8.
Students can register online at www.actstudent.org  or by mail. Paper registration forms can be obtained from school counselor offices or by requesting a registration packet from ACT. Students must submit a photo of themselves to register for the exam.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achieveme- nt exam. It measures the academic skills and knowledge that students have learned in school and need to know to be ready for first-year college courses.
The ACT comprises four multiple-choice subject tests-English, mathematics, reading and science-and takes about three hours, plus breaks, to complete. An optional writing test, which takes an additional 30 minutes, is also available. Students who want to take the writing portion should register for the ACT Plus Writing.
There is a charge to take the test, with or without the writing test. Fee waivers are available to qualified students who can't afford the registration fee. Students should apply for a fee waiver through their school counselor's office.
All four-year colleges and universities across the United States accept ACT scores for admission purposes. During registration, students may select up to four colleges or universities to receive their score reports at no additional charge. ACT sends score reports only when authorized to do so by the student.
Each test taker receives an ACT score report that includes a wide variety of information to assist with course planning, college readiness, career planning and college admissions.
The ACT student website, www.actstudent.org , offers helpful information and tips, free sample questions and complete practice tests, and inexpensive materials and to help students prepare for the exam. However, because the ACT is a curriculum-based exam, the best preparation is to take challenging courses in school, study hard and learn the material.