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ACT research shows challenging classes key to college success

It will soon be time for both junior high and high school students to select classes for the next semester or school year. ACT offers valuable information to students and their parents to help students prepare for the future.

A rigorous college-preparatory curriculum is the best choice for students--even if college isn't on their radar right now. The academic skills necessary for success in the workplace are essentially the same skills necessary for success in college.

ACT recommends that, at a minimum, students take the following core courses:

--Four years of English

--At least three years of mathematics

--Three years of science

--Three years of social studies

Students should take the most challenging courses offered in high school. Doing so will ensure they're prepared for both college and career.

For more information about college and career planning, visit ACT's student website -