Residual Testing for the ACT
An on-campus or "residual" testing program is available to ACT-participating colleges to administer the ACT to students who were unable to test on a national test date. ACT Residual Testing is strictly limited only to students who have enrolled, have been admitted, or have officially applied to your institution. Scores from Residual Testing are reported only to your institution for admission, course placement, and advising purposes.
- Eligibility for Colleges – Only ACT-participating colleges are eligible for Residual Testing for the purpose of obtaining data on their enrolled, admitted, or applicant students who were unable to take the ACT on a regularly scheduled test date in time to meet the college's deadlines.
- Eligibility for Students – Residual Testing may be conducted on your campus for students who: 1) are enrolled, 2) have been admitted, or 3) are applying to your college. Students who do not intend to attend your college must not take the ACT Residual Testing on your campus.
- Residual Testing may be conducted on any dates EXCEPT the 6 regularly scheduled National ACT Test Dates.
- Scores from Residual Testing are valid only at your college and cannot be transferred by transcript or other means to any other institution or agency.
- Scores from Residual Testing are reported only to the college administering the test.
- No Student Reports and no High School Reports are generated.
- No Additional Score Reports will be generated to report scores to any other institution.
- Residual Testing is not a practice test and is not for use with younger students. You may not provide Residual Testing to individuals who do not intend to attend your college.
- ACT Residual Testing is restricted to on-campus administrations. Test booklets may not be transported from campus to campus or to any off-campus locations.
- A minimum of 60 days must elapse before another Residual Test may be taken. Scores achieved before the minimum elapsed time will be cancelled without refund.
- ACT restricts the number of times a student may take the ACT to 12 times total. Residual Testing does count toward that maximum. Scores that exceed the maximum will be canceled without refund.
- Residual Testing can be administered with or without the Writing test. The 20122013 fee for the basic test (four multiple choice tests and basic identifying information) is $32.00. The 20122013 ACT Plus Writing test fee is an additional $15.50.
- The Writing prompt and Plus Writing answer folders may be ordered only in packages of 10 at a cost of $155 for each package, paid at the time of ordering, which includes scoring of the essays by ACT.
- Fees are effective for all tests administered November 1, 2012, through October 31, 2013.
- Materials must be ordered at least four weeks before the test date. Rush shipments are made at the college's expense.
- ACT will send an invoice each month for answer folders scored during the previous month.
- If a purchase order is necessary for ACT to bill you, include a purchase order number that covers the entire year with your order for materials. If your institution cannot provide a purchase order for the year, provide one with each group of answer folders returned for scoring.
- It is the institution's responsibility to provide ACT with a current purchase order.
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Customer support for Residual Testing is available 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m. central time Monday through Friday.
- By email: ACT-Residual@act.org
- By phone: 319.337.1536
- By fax: 319.337.1221