Free, free, free! That'll get your attention. But the catch is it's about free testing. The Texas Education Agency has made a deal with the SAT and ACT folks to allow Texas students to take college admissions tests without charge.
Here are the details:
SAT: High school juniors can take the exam free on May 1 or June 5. Students should get a voucher from a school counselor and log onto the College Board's Web site to use their number to sign up.
The deadline for the May 1 test is TODAY, with late registration via phone April 1 to 15 (an extra charge). Registration for the June 5 test is May 5, with late registration May 6 to 19. Texas students who paid to register already can get a refund.
ACT: Students can take the Explore test (grades 8 and 9), Plan test (grade 10) and ACT test (grades 11 and 12) for free. This includes the cost of Explore testing arranged by school districts before May 21 and ACT tests for Texas juniors in April and June. Click here for info.
Juniors can get a state voucher to register for nationwide ACT test date; the next one is June 2. Registration for the April 10 test is over. Students who have already paid for the April or June test are eligible for a refund.