On Oct. 8, the nonprofit ACT Inc.--best-known for its college-entrance assessment tests--announced a partnership with CollegeNET to provide a web-based college application service called C3. The College Board, publishers of the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT), announced a similar pact with another application service earlier this year.

According to Richard L. Ferguson, president of ACT, the alliance combines ACT's college outreach and information services with CollegeNET's technology to create a one-stop shop for high school students and guidance counselors on the internet.

"Improved service to students is our primary goal," Ferguson said. "Students will be able to retrieve information

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