Montgomery Educational Consulting Wishes Students Luck on Colorado ACT

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Tomorrow, juniors in Colorado's public high schools will take what is known as the "Colorado ACT". Montgomery Educational Consulting, a college consulting firm, offers advice to students taking the test.

I wish I'd been able to take the ACT for free when I was in high school.

On Tuesday, April 23, juniors at public high schools in Colorado will take the Colorado ACT. This test offers some advantages over the national ACT, but it also has one major disadvantage.

One of the Colorado ACT's advantages is that students do not have to pay for it. 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.

"I think the Colorado ACT is a great opportunity for students," said Sara Zessar, Senior Associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting. "I wish I'd been able to take the ACT for free when I was in high school."

Unfortunately, the Colorado ACT does not include the optional writing section, which tends to be required by more selective colleges. If students are interested in such colleges, they will have to take the test again with the writing section.

Another advantage of the Colorado ACT is that it is given during a regular school day, whereas the national ACT is always given on a Saturday morning. Thus, the Colorado ACT does not interfere with students' weekend plans.

Most schools give the Colorado ACT on their own campuses, therefore enabling students to take the test in a familiar place. Only select high schools offer the national ACT, 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 approach the Colorado ACT just as they would a national test. They should take the test seriously and do their best.

If students are unable to go to school tomorrow to take the ACT, schools offer a make-up ACT on May 7.

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