Press Release

Maine is getting their ACT together

BATH, Maine — Newly elected Chair of the ACT State of Maine Organization, Leslie Trundy of Bath has a vision to have an ACT test site in each county in the state.

She shares this goal with State Representative to National Council Vincent Kloskowski, Assistant Dean of the College and Director of The Academic Center Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and secretary, Olivia Solodar, Coordinator Private Schools Placements and Coordinator State Agency Clients for Portland Public Schools.

For the 2012-13 test year, maine has 30 test centers registered to give the test. There are three counties without test sites (Hancock, Lincoln and Washington) which means college bound juniors and seniors may have to travel a long distance to take this college placement exam. Standardized testing scores are used by students to apply to college as well as qualify for college scholarships.

Trundy’s goal as the chair of the state organization is to make sure all high schools recognize the importance of offering students the chance to take this alternative testing option.

With the move by the state away from using the SAT as the standardized test for the No Child Left Behind testing requirements scheduled to begin with the class of 2017, high schools will be in a position to re-evaluate the testing they offer at their schools. Through the spring of 2015 – schools are currently required by the state to administer the SAT.

Students register to take the ACT through the website www.act.org . Deadlines to register are well before the test dates. There is a fee to take the test of $35 for the standard test and $50.50 if the student opts to take the ACT plus writing. Fee waivers are available for qualifying students. The ACT is accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

To become a test center, schools and colleges can sign-up on line at http://www.act.org/aap/forms/tc-signup.php. Leslie Trundy also welcomes schools and colleges to contact her with questions about becoming a test center ltrundy@rsu1.org.

 

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