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College hopefuls prepare for ACT, SAT

Feb. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- High school students with plans to attend a two- or four-year college or university need to take either the ACT or SAT.

Test organizers encourages sophomores and juniors to take the tests.

The Princeton Review reports the ACT test has more straightforward questions, has a science section, tests for more advanced math concepts and is considered the more "big picture" exam.

The SAT, the report stated, has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary, is broken into more sections and has a required essay section.

College admissions officers care about how students do on each section of the SAT. On the ACT, they are most concerned with the composite score.West Virginia colleges and universities tend to use ACT scores for admission.

Upcoming national testing dates for the ACT are April 13 and June 8. The deadline to register for the April test is March 8, with the late registration period through March 22.

The deadline to register for the June test is May 3, with late registration through May 17. The test fee is $35 without the optional writing portion or $50.50 with it. Students also can have their score provided to up to four colleges.

Testing sites include Lincoln County High School, Huntington High School, Marshall University, Spring Valley High School, Cabell Midland High School, Wayne High School, Ohio University Southern, Shawnee State University, University of Rio Grande, Ashland Community and Technical College and Boyd County High School.

The next SAT test date is March 9, with a registration deadline on Friday, Feb. 8 and a late registration date of Feb. 22. There also is a May 4 and June 1 test date, with deadlines of April 5 and May 2.

The cost is $50, with fee waivers available. There also are additional testing fees based on subjects.

For more information on either test or to register, visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/home or www.actstudent.org.