PENINSULA - The next ACT test will be administered on Sept. 16. College-bound high school students who wish to take the exam must register by Aug. 18, the deadline for having the registration postmarked. There is a late registration postmark deadline of Aug. 25, but an extra fee is charged for late registrations. Students can register online at www.actstudent.org, or registration forms can be picked up at high school guidance counseling offices.

The cost is $29 for the traditional ACT and $43 for students who choose to take the optional ACT Writing Test. Some colleges require a writing score but many don't, so students should find out the requirements of prospective colleges before registering for the exam.

ACT's Web site (www.actstudent.org) has helpful information, sample tests and the opportunity to order inexpensive test prep materials.

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