On-Campus (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 an ACT National Testing date or desire to retest at your campus. Scores can only be used at your campus. ACT Residual Testing is limited to students who are in the application process, have been admitted, or have enrolled at your institution. Score results are official and can be used for admission, course placement, and other enrollment management decisions. 


  • Eligibility for Colleges — Only ACT-participating colleges are eligible for ACT Residual Testing for the purpose of obtaining data on their applicants, admitted or enrolled students. ACT on Campus testing result in official ACT scores that can be submitted by students that were unable to take the ACT on a national test date or desire to retest to meet a college specific requirement.   
  • Eligibility for Students —  ACT Residual Testing may be conducted on your campus for students who: 1) are in the application process 2) have been admitted, or 3) are enrolled at your college. Students who do not intend to attend your college should not take the ACT Residual Test on your campus. 

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

Test Dates 

The 2019-2020 ACT on-campus (or residual) testing year runs November 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.


  • 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.  


  • ACT Residual Testing is not a practice test. 
  • 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 ACT 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. ACT Residual Testing does count toward that maximum. Scores that exceed the maximum will be canceled without refund.  

2019–2020 Formats/Materials/Fees 

  • Fees are effective for all tests administered October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. 
  • ACT On-Campus (Residual) Testing can be administered with or without the writing test. 
Test TypeFeeDescription
Basic Test$51.50

Four multiple-choice tests.

Basic identifying information.

Writing Test$165.00

Ordered in packages of 10 at a cost of $16.50 per test.

Fee paid at the time of ordering.

Includes scoring of the essays by ACT.


You will be invoiced for On-Campus (or Residual) testing materials at the time of order for answer documents and writing test packages.


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

If you are a new customer, please complete this form to expedite your request, or call 512.569.9822

If you are an existing customer or have already placed an order, send us an email, or call 319.337.1536 (8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. central time, Monday through Friday)