Scores from the ACT or alternate test, SAT, are required for admission to Southern Arkansas University. It is recommended that the test be taken in the senior year or the last semester of the junior year in high school during one of the regular scheduled periods (September, October, December, February, April, June). Before a test date is chosen, consider the application deadlines of the college and scholarship agencies. It will take four to seven weeks after a test date for ACT to mail out the score reports to the recipients. The test scores provide added assistance in guidance, placement in developmental courses, and possible advanced standing.


The ACT consists of tests in four subject areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. Each of these tests contains multiple-choice questions that offer four or five answer choices from which you are to choose the correct or best answer.

On the Test Date

Report to your assigned test center by 8:00 AM.

What to Bring

  • Your Admission Ticket (must have photo on ticket)
  • Acceptable Photo Identification: Current Official Photo ID, ACT Student Identification Letter with Photo; ACT Photo Exception Identification Letter; or ACT Talent Search Student Identification Letter
  • Two sharpened soft-lead (No. 2) pencils with erasers.
  • A permitted calculator.

Total Testing Time

Actual administration of the ACT requires 3 hours 10 minutes plus an additional 45-60 minutes to check in and fill out the answer sheet.

Test Schedule

Test Schedule  2014-2015

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 13, 2014 August 8, 2014 August 9-22, 2014
October 25, 2014 September 19 2014 September 20-October 3, 2014
December 13, 2014 November 7, 2014 November 8-21, 2014
February 7, 2015* January 9, 2015 January 10-16, 2015
April 18, 2015 March 13, 2015 March 14-27, 2015
June 13, 2015 May 8, 2015 May 9-22, 2015

2014-2015 ACT General Fee Information

  • Registration Fee: $36.50
  • ACT Plus Writing:  $52.50
  • Late Fee: $59.50
  • Standby Fee: $81.50

For More Information:

Registration: See your high school counselor or contact the Office of Counseling and Testing, Donald W. Reynolds Center, 216.

  • Registration (319) 337-1270
  • Deaf (TDD) (319) 337-1524
  • ID Requirements (319) 337-1510
  • Score Reports (319) 337-1313
  • Office of Counseling and Testing (870) 235-4145
  • ACT’s website