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100,000 NC high school juniors to take ACT

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- About 100,000 high school juniors in North Carolina's public and charter schools are sitting down to take the ACT college entrance exam.

North Carolina's public schools are giving the test Tuesday to 100,000 11th graders as a measure of whether students are learning what they need for college. The test is free for students, who can submit their ACT scores when they apply to college.

The State Board of Education last year made the ACT a requirement for high school juniors, in part because it includes a section on science. The scores will be used to evaluate how the state's high schools are teaching students and how North Carolina stacks up against other states.

Both the ACT and the SAT exams are accepted by colleges and universities across the country.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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