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ACT College-Testing Firm Offers Fee Waivers to Displaced Students

By Ann Bradley — October 04, 2005 1 min read

Both the nation’s major college-entrance exams now are waiving test fees for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. ACT Inc., the maker of the ACT exam, is offering the waivers for the exams scheduled for December and February for students displaced by the storm and the flooding in its aftermath.

For more information, go to the company’s Web sites, www.act.org and www.actstudent.org. For details on the SAT, go to www.collegeboard.com.

The majority of college-bound students in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi— all hard-hit by the storm—take the ACT. The announcement by the Iowa City, Iowa-based company followed a similar decision by the New York City-based College Board, which sponsors the SAT college- entrance test.

ACT officials said last month that high school juniors and seniors can register to take the tests at no cost by getting in touch with their high school guidance counselors’ offices and requesting that waiver forms be submitted in their names. Counselors must write “Katrina” on the forms, and students must complete normal registration materials, the not-for-profit company said in a statement.

A version of this article appeared in the October 05, 2005 edition of Education Week