Montgomery Educational Consulting Provides Information and Advice on Colorado ACT

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On April 23, all public high school juniors in Colorado will take the ACT. Montgomery Educational Consulting, a college consulting firm, offers tips for students taking the test.

I think it's wonderful that the state of Colorado gives students the opportunity to take a test that's required for admission to most of our nation's colleges.

Wednesday, April 23 will not be a normal school day for juniors at public high schools in Colorado. Instead of going to classes, students will take the ACT, a college entrance exam. While students generally dread these types of tests, there are some advantages to the "Colorado ACT", as it's called.

The Colorado ACT is free. When students take a national ACT (given throughout the country), it costs $35 without the optional writing section and $50.50 with the writing section. Additionally, the national ACT is always given on a Saturday, usually starting at 8:00 a.m. Since the Colorado ACT is held on a regular school day, students don't have to get up early on a weekend to take it, nor will it interfere with their weekend plans.

"I think it's wonderful that the state of Colorado gives students the opportunity to take a test that's required for admission to most of our nation's colleges," said Sara Zessar, senior associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting. "And the fact that it doesn't cost students anything is an added bonus."

Another advantage of the Colorado ACT is that most schools give the test on their own campuses. The national ACT is only given at select high schools, so many students have to go somewhere unfamiliar to take it.

Scores on the Colorado ACT can be used to apply to colleges, just like scores from a national ACT. Therefore, students should take the Colorado ACT seriously and do their best, rather than approaching the test as "just practice".

There is one major disadvantage of the Colorado ACT: it doesn’t including the optional Writing section. Many of the more selective colleges require applicants to submit Writing scores, so if students are planning to apply to these types of schools, they will have to take the test again with the Writing section.

Students should make every effort to take the ACT on April 23, but if they have to miss it, schools offer a make-up ACT offered on May 7.

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