Illinois ACT reforms could require seniors to take exam twice

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Reform to the college admissions process in Illinois could require some seniors to take the ACT twice

As part of reforms to the college application process in Illinois, some seniors may be required to take the ACT exam twice in order to meet college admissions standards, reports the Huffington Post.

State officials decided to remove the written part of the ACT exam last summer in order to save $2.4 million per year. However, some colleges may require students filling out college applications to submit a written composition, which could mean that some seniors in Illinois might have to take the exam twice. Some colleges, such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have amended their admissions factors to accommodate students.

"We believe [the written part of the ACT] may be an obstacle for some students, so [we] are no longer requiring the test," said Robin Kaler, a spokesperson for the university, as quoted by the news source.

According to the Chicago Tribune, only two of the 11 states currently administering the ACT to 11th-grade students – Michigan and North Carolina – require a mandatory written test.

If you're unsure of your prospective school's admissions factors, check with your adviser before submitting a college application.

Original Post Date: January 13th, 2012

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