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Class of 2016 able to take an ACT test for free

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -
High school students will soon have the opportunity to take a college placement test for free.  The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently announced the class of 2016 will have the opportunity to take the ACT test for free. 

Anyone is able to take the test, but you must take the it during your Junior year.  The cost for an ACT test can range anywhere from $36.50 to $52.50 depending on whether or not you take the written test.  DESE hopes cutting down another barrier will increase the amount of students who take the ACT. 

Right now, DESE officials say roughly 75% of students in Missouri take the ACT test.  Hannibal High School Principal Ted Sampson said even within the school district, money keeps some students from taking the test. 

"We have a lot of students that don't take the test and maybe aren't interested in going to college.  I think this can help them if they get that first test in to see their score and if they get a good score, it can motivate them to go to college.  It might provide scholarship opportunities that they didn't think they could have," Sampson said. 

DESE officials say lawmakers are making appropriations in Missouri's general revenue fund to pay for the tests in the next couple years.  

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