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.
Important Note: ACT monitors the use of Residual Testing and will deny further participation for eligibility violations.

Test Dates

  • The Residual Testing year runs November 1 through September 30.
  • 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.
  • Residual Testing 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.

2015–2016 Formats/Materials/Fees

  • Fees are effective for all tests administered November 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016.
  • Residual Testing can be administered with or without the writing test.
Test TypeFeeDescription
Basic Test$36.50
  • Four multiple choice tests.
  • Basic identifying information.
Writing Test$170.00
  • Ordered in packages of 10 at a cost of $17.00 per test.
  • Fee paid at the time of ordering.
  • Includes scoring of the essays by ACT.


  • 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.


When completing your Order Form for ACT Residual Testing Materials:

  • Return old materials before ordering new ones. ACT will hold new orders until all previous year’s materials are cleared for the institution.
  • Carefully consider the scheduled test date and the quantities of materials needed.
  • Allow at least four weeks for the delivery of materials from the date the order is submitted.
  • Rush shipments are made at your institution’s expense.

Contact Us

Customer support for Residual Testing is available 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. central time Monday through Friday.