Each student entering Southern Arkansas University as a college freshman is required to submit scores from the American College Test (ACT) or an alternate test. ACT Residual reports for students testing on Southern Arkansas University’s campus will be sent ONLY to SAU. Students will not receive a report, and scores cannot be sent to another school.
An applicant may take the ACT Residual for the following reasons:
- The student was unable to take the National ACT.
- The student needs a higher ACT score to be admitted to SAU.
- The student needs a higher ACT score to avoid remediation classes at SAU.
The ACT Residual may not be taken within 60 days of taking the ACT Assessment through Residual or any other non-national tests on campus. Scores will be cancelled and the test fee will not be refunded. Scores from the ACT Residual cannot be used to establish scholarship or athletic eligibility.
The ACT Residual consists of four paper-pencil, multiple-choice tests: English (45 minutes), Mathematics (60 minutes), Reading (35 minutes) and Science Reasoning (35 minutes). Allowing time to fill in personal data, the test takes approximately four hours to complete.
ACT-approved calculators are allowed on the Mathematics test (www.actstudent.org), but are not required. The following types of calculators are NOT allowed:
- pocket organizers
- handheld or laptop computers
- electronic writing pads or pen-input devices
- models with a QWERTY (typewriter keypad)
- models with paper tapes
- models that make noise
- models that can communicate (transfer data or information) wirelessly with other calculators
- models that require a power cord
Registration is required. Test is only offered at certain times throughout the year. Call (870) 235-4145 to make a reservation. On the day of the test, report to the testing site with the test fee ($50.00), current picture I.D., and at least 2 pencils.
The ACT Residual is graded locally and the results are sent to Southern Arkansas University’s Office of Admissions.
Students with disabilities that require accommodations should contact the Office of Testing two-three weeks prior to the testing date at (870) 235-4145.