Kansas high school juniors will have a chance to take the ACT college admission test for free this school year.
Kansas education officials plan to offer the ACT at no cost statewide in February.
The test measures a student’s readiness for college and provides standardized data on achievement.
The state is also paying for students to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment to gauge essential workplace skills.
The Kansas Department of Education recommends that all juniors — as well as seniors who didn’t have an opportunity to take the assessments this past school year — take both assessments.
Kansas joins 18 other state education agencies currently providing the ACT for students.
The ACT exam costs $50.50 and an optional writing assessment costs $16.50.
The test is administered seven times a year between September and July.