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Kansas Providing Free ACT Exam For High School Juniors

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Kansas high school juniors will have a chance to take the ACT college admission test for free this school year.

Kansas education officials plan to offer the ACT at no cost statewide in February.

The test measures a student’s readiness for college and provides standardized data on achievement.

The state is also paying for students to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment to gauge essential workplace skills.

The Kansas Department of Education recommends that all juniors — as well as seniors who didn’t have an opportunity to take the assessments this past school year — take both assessments.

Kansas joins 18 other state education agencies currently providing the ACT for students.

The ACT exam costs $50.50 and an optional writing assessment costs $16.50.

The test is administered seven times a year between September and July.

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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.