High school juniors being offered free ACT, SAT tests
April 13, 2010 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2010 at 11:13 p.m.
Public high school juniors now have the opportunity to take a college entrance exam at no charge.
The juniors may now take their choice of the ACT or SAT at the one-time expense to the State of Texas.
The funding for the one-time test fee came from the Texas Legislature and can equate to a savings for college-bound students of about $45 to $50.
Memorial High School Senior Campus Leader Counselor Alice Shimek said the school's counselors have vouchers and code numbers that will allow juniors to register at no charge for either the ACT or the SAT. Registration is open for the June administration of the college entrance exams.
Shimek noted that typically about half the students take a college entrance exam. "We are hoping this will encourage more students to take the test," she said. She added that some students may already qualify for a fee waiver based on the family's economic status.
Superintendent Bob Moore echoed Shimek's comments saying, "We've been trying to talk to students for years about the opportunities that college brings to them."
"We have so many students, however, who think they can't afford college," Moore said. "With financial aide and scholarships, college can be a reality for many more of our students and not having to pay for the admissions testing helps to take some of the bite out of the costs of getting into college."