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ACT Residual

American College Testing

Purpose Most colleges require either the ACT or SAT for admission.  The University of Utah will accept either one.
Explanation The ACT comes in two versions, Residual and National.  Both versions are produced by the same company, and they are essentially the same test.  The most important difference is that the Residual ACT is only valid at the school where it is taken.

The advantages of taking the Residual ACT at the University of Utah are the following:

  • It is given more often.
  • It is easier to register for it.

The disadvantage of taking the Residual ACT is:

  • It is only valid where it is taken.
Cost $55.00
Schedule Generally, the First and Third Tuesdays of the Month at 11:00 A.M.
The test usually ends a little before 3:00 p.m.   It is not given on holidays, during any other official University break, or during the annual renewal period in early autumn.
Location Testing Center, Room 498 of the Student Services Building
Registration Candidates must pre-register and pay for the test at least one day in advance.  This can be done in person by coming into the Testing Center, or over the telephone with a credit card by calling (801) 581-8733.  Space is limited, so it is best to register as soon as possible before all the available slots are taken.
Identification Photo Identification (drivers license, school I.D. card, passport, etc.) is required for admittance to the test. 
Calculators A basic calculator is permitted, but not necessary.  (A Texas Instruments TI-86 or lower is acceptable.)  Candidates must supply their own.  Programmable, printing, and QWERTY keyboard calculators are not permitted. 
Scores Following the test, the answer sheets are mailed to ACT to be scored.  ACT will then mail the results to the University of Utah, which will then forward them to each candidate.  The entire process may take several weeks.
Preparation Study guides are available at most bookstores and libraries.  Preparatory classes are taught by the University of Utah's Youth Education Office, whose telephone number is (801) 581-6984.
Retakes Candidates must wait 60 days before retaking the Residual ACT, but may take the National ACT immediately.
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Last Updated: 9/21/16