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CMSD brings ACT college exam to high schools for 3rd year


Every 11th-grader in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will have a chance to take the ACT college admission and placement test for free on Wednesday.

For the third consecutive year, CMSD will make the critical test accessible and convenient for juniors by having them take the exam at their schools instead of waiting for a weekend date at a central location. The District will pay the students’ test fees.

Thirteen states pay to have the test administered in schools, but Ohio is not among those. Other Ohio districts provide the service in school, but names were not available from the Iowa-based testing organization on Monday.

Success on the ACT is an indicator on Ohio school districts’ state report cards, but CMSD also uses the test as a way to assess and improve career and college readiness, said Karen Thompson, deputy chief of curriculum and instruction. She advised the 11th-graders to get proper sleep Tuesday and eat a good breakfast before the test.

Students can take the test multiple times in an effort to improve their scores. ACT will waive fees twice for students who qualify based on need, so participating Wednesday means they could take the test up to three times for free.

Students will receive the results from Wednesday in a few weeks and can then consult with guidance counselors and teachers to learn which colleges or universities they qualify for or the areas of the test in which they need to improve.