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ACT now accepted at all U.S. colleges

March 19, 2007 at 2:05 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa, March 19 (UPI) -- The final U.S. colleges previously holding out from accepting the ACT assessment test as an entrance exam have agreed to begin recognizing its applicability.

Following Wake Forest University's decision last year to begin accepting ACTs, California's Harvey Mudd College has decided to do the same and USA Today said the move now makes the ACT a nationally accepted test.

While the Scholastic Aptitude Test remains the nation's most dominant test, the schools' changes represent a new thought in application policies.

Altering the traditional stance the ACT was only applicable in the Midwest, increasing numbers of colleges in years past have begun accepting the exam.

In 2006 alone, 1.2 million U.S. students took the ACT in preparation for college applications, in comparison to nearly 1.5 million SAT takers.

ACT Vice President Jon Erickson told USA Today he hoped Harvey Mudd College's move would end any national doubts about his company's test.

"There's still a perception that (some) schools won't take the ACT," he said. "Maybe this will help finish that perception off."

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