Briefs for Feb. 23

CNCC to host hunter education class

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be sponsoring a hunter education class from March 19 to March 23. Classes will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening at the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College. Students must attend all five classes to receive a hunter education card. For more information, or to pre-register, call 272-3238.

Deadline approaching for next ACT test

College-bound high school students can register by March 9 for the next national ACT test date. The test will be administered nationwide on April 14. Students who miss the March 9 deadline can do a late registration for an additional fee.

The late registration deadline is March 23. Students can register online at www.actstudent.org, or they can get registration materials from high school counselors.

All colleges and universities that use admission tests in the application process accept ACT scores. It's an academic achievement test covering four subject areas: English, reading, mathematics and science. Students can choose to take the ACT with or without the optional writing test. The ACT costs $29 without the writing test and $43 with the writing test. The majority of colleges don't require a writing score, so students should check with the colleges they're considering before registering for the test. The late registration fee is $19.

Colleges use ACT scores, along with other information, to determine if a student is academically ready for college-level coursework. Students with lower ACT scores are likely to need remedial courses to help bring them up to speed for college level courses. This is why many juniors take the ACT, check their scores, and then take additional coursework to address academic weaknesses before retaking the ACT as seniors.

With the ACT, students can choose not to report any scores automatically to colleges. Later, after receiving their scores, students can decide to test again before reporting scores. Colleges only see the scores that students choose to report -- they don't see all scores for each time a student takes the ACT.

For more information about the ACT, including sample tests and online preparation, visit the Web site, www.actstudent.org.

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