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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.
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

Candidates must pre-register and pay for the test at least one day in advance.  However, beause space is limited, it is generally best to not wait until the last minue.  To schedule a test and pay the fee, please click on the button below and follow the prompts:

Schedule a Test

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, answer sheets are mailed to ACT to be scored.  After 2 to 4 weeks ACT then submits the results electronically to the University of Utah's Admissions office, where they are uploaded to the University's database.  As a result, candidates receive no score report from either ACT or the Testing Center.  Instead, their scores are automatically matched to their electronic record with the University.
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: 2/20/18