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High school juniors in Nevada will have a new required exam next year. The Nevada State Board of Education recently unanimously approved a plan to administer the ACT exams to all 35,000 high school juniors beginning in April.
School officials say while the test is mandatory it will not affect whether a student graduates. Instead it gives juniors a free exam that is required to apply to many colleges.
The Education Department has a $2 million budget to spend on the test. The cost to administer the exam will be split between the Education Department and the state's 17 school districts.
Allison Serafin, vice president of the Nevada State Board of Education