Some Illinois school districts offer free ACT exams

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of high school juniors in public schools across Illinois will also get to take the ACT college entrance exam courtesy of their districts in addition to the free SAT. According to ACT Inc., New Trier Township High School, Lyons Township High School District 204, Adlai Stevenson and Warren Township are among about 30 public school districts and private schools giving the ACT to their students. The Chicago Tribune reports that the ACT Inc.’s contract ended with Illinois public high schools after 15 years. The College Board’s SAT won a multimillion-dollar contract from Illinois to give its exam to more than 140,000 juniors starting this spring. Adlai Stevenson spokesman Jim Conrey says the district wanted to honor its commitment to students who had received ACT-focused training.