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No college-bound student wants to hear the word “waitlist” from the school of her dreams. But the waitlist option can be a boon to anyone who misses the registration deadline or decides at the last minute to take a test. The College Board neatly summarizes the risk and reward of waitlist status: Waitlisted students are admitted to the test center on a first-come, first-served basis. Waitlisted students are seated after all regularly registered test-takers have been admitted and if sufficient test materials, staff, and seating are available. If weather or some other unexpected condition closes your test center, your waitlist request will be canceled and you will be notified. You may be able to submit a new waitlist request for another center if there’s time. So the most important fact to keep in mind is that students on the waitlist, or what ACT refers to as Standby Testing, are NOT…

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Months before test day, adding a really long, potentially worthless writing task on top of a really long, very important multiple-choice test doesn’t seem like such a big deal. What’s another 40 or 50 minutes if you’re already there, right? But as the official SAT or ACT creeps closer and families begin to research target schools, the truth begins to dawn on erstwhile applicants: fewer and fewer colleges care about the SAT or ACT essay. Both ACT and College Board have options for students who wish to add or remove the test essay option. The ease and certainty of the process depends on how soon you decide to make a change: BEFORE LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE Revising your essay option on either the SAT or ACT before the end of late registration is easy: SAT: You can change to or from the SAT with Essay without a change fee, but you…

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Have you ever worked really hard towards something important, only to find you neglected some essential piece of paperwork that rendered all your preparation meaningless? This sad fate befalls all too many students who plan to sit for the SAT and ACT without actually registering for the test. My heart breaks every time I see this happen to one of our students. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you by understanding the registration process: 1. Your high school does not handle SAT or ACT registration. Don’t let the school’s more active role in organizing the PSAT and/or PreACT fool you. High schools do not and cannot manage registration for the SAT and ACT. That said, school counselors usually offer a lot of guidance in that area. Note that you should work with the school for the separate but related purpose of applying for test accommodations. 2. You have to register…

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Change, according to Barack Obama, is never easy, but always possible. When it comes to changing the location where you take your official SAT or ACT, our estimable ex-President is only half right. ACT, Inc. makes changing your test center a relatively simple process: Log in to your ACT web account and select “Make changes to your registration” or call ACT at 319.337.1270 no later than the late registration deadline for your preferred test date. You will need to know your preferred test center, test option, and/or test date and have a valid credit card number with expiration date and security code. If a seat and materials are available for your test option at your new preferred test center on your preferred test date, you will be assigned there and charged a Test Center Change fee. The fee to change a test center for the same ACT test date is…

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