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ACT National

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. At APSU, the ACT is used to meet admission requirements for first-time college students under 21 years of age.

Important Policy Updates

***Effective September 2010, per ACT policy, paper registration packets will only be available to those students who are unable to pay their registration fees online or via serialized waiver/voucher. All other students must register online at the website listed in the Registration section below. To obtain a paper registration packet, please call ACT at 319-337-1270.  Paper registration packets are not available at APSU. 

If the ACT administration is rescheduled due to weather or another event, the rescheduled date will be posted by ACT on

The Testing Center strongly recommends that examinees visit the ACT website to obtain the most current information regarding all testing policies and procedures.

Fees / Payment Method / Remittance Policy

No Writing Fee: $39.50

Plus Writing Fee: $56.50

Please Note: Additional fees may apply for late registration, standby testing, and other services.

Payment Method: Online registrations must be paid by credit card, ACT fee waiver, or state voucher. To register using any other method of payment, you must use the paper registration folder. Paper registrations must be paid using a check or money order made payable to ACT Registration. Please see the note about paper registrations in the Registration Requirements section below. Please follow all guidelines established by ACT for payment of testing fees. For more information regarding payment of fees, please visit the ACT website.

Remittance Policy: Payment is due at the time of online registration. Please Note: If you are testing as a standby, do NOT bring payment to the test center. If you are admitted to test, ACT will bill you the appropriate fees.

If you have any questions regarding a payment method, please contact ACT.

Test Dates / Times

All examinees taking the ACT-National are required to be present in the Sundquist Science Complex lobby at 8:00 am the day of testing.  Per ACT, if an examinee is late, he may be denied admission to the test.

Please click here to view the current schedule of test dates administered at Austin Peay. Please Note: Seating availability is limited, so examinees should schedule in advance. Please report to the testing location on the day and time indicated on your ACT Admission Ticket.

Testing Location

Please report to the testing location indicated on your ACT Admission Ticket.


Parking for the ACT National at Austin Peay is located near the Sundquist Science Building. If you are unfamiliar with campus, please click on the following link to access a Campus Map. Please allow adequate time to locate parking prior to your scheduled test time.  NOTE:  Construction projects may limit parking availability on some lots.

Identification Requirements

Please visit the ACT website for detailed information regarding acceptable forms of identificationYou must have acceptable photo ID and a printed admission ticket in order to test.  Testing staff will NOT admit any student who does not meet the I.D. requirement or have a printed admission ticket from ACT.

Registration Requirements

To register for the ACT National, please visit All registration requirements can be met by registering online. By registering online, examinees can create an ACT Web account through which they can access additional services.

Standby Testing: Please contact ACT at for information on how to register for standby testing and for associated fees.

Permissible Test Aids

Pencils will be provided by the Testing Center for those students who do not bring their own No. 2 pencils. Please Note: Pencil sharpeners are not available.

Examinees are allowed to bring a calculator for the mathematics test only. Examinees are responsible for knowing if their calculator is permitted. The Testing Center will not provide calculators.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited: books, dictionaries, scratch paper, notes or other aids, highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, correction fluid/tape, any electronic device other than a permitted calculator, reading material, and tobacco in any form.

Results / Score Reports / Transcripts

Schedules for posting scores after each test date are at along with reasons why some scores take longer.

Additional Score Reports must be requested from ACT. For details visit “Sending Your Scores to Others” on the ACT website.


Please contact ACT regarding cancellations.

Retest Information

To register for a retest, follow the registration procedures outlined above. Examinees can take the ACT no more than 12 times total. Review all ACT retest restrictions on the ACT website.


ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations. For details, see “ACT Policy for Documentation to Support Requests for Test Accommodations on the ACT” on the ACT website. Please contact ACT regarding all accommodation questions.

Additional Information

Please dress in layers so that you can adjust to any room temperature.

Per ACT: Examinees may bring snacks and beverages into the test room but may consume them only outside the test room during the break.

Visitors are not permitted in the testing center while testing is in progress.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Testing Center at (931) 221-6269.