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BONUS Opportunity to Boost Your Score

Besides the seven national ACT test dates, there are some other opportunities to increase your score for admissions and more importantly, for college merit scholarships!

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Besides the seven national ACT test dates, there are some other opportunities to increase your score for admissions and more importantly, for college merit scholarships!

An on-campus or “residual” testing program is available at participating colleges (ones we know to offer it: Troy University, AUM, JSU, Auburn University, University of Alabama, and Faulkner University). It allows a student to take an officially scored ACT—however, the score is only valid for admission to the testing university.

This is great news for students who:

  • don’t test well on Saturday mornings (who does?!)
  • are involved in marching band or athletics that prevents a good night’s rest before a Saturday test
  • may score higher in a different environment with fewer students
  • want another opportunity to raise their score to qualify for additional scholarship awards

When the difference of one point on your ACT can equate to $20,000 in additional freshmen scholarship awards, having the opportunity to take it at least “one more time” is invaluable!

Here’s the fine print:

  • ACT residual testing is strictly limited to students who have enrolled, have been admitted, or have officially applied to a participating institution.
  • The residual testing year runs November 1 through September 30.
  • Residual testing may be conducted on any dates EXCEPT the seven regularly scheduled National ACT Test Dates.
  • A minimum of 60 days must elapse before another residual ACT may be taken. Scores achieved before the minimum elapsed time will be canceled without refund.
  • ACT restricts the number of times a student may take the ACT (this does not include the National test) to 12 times total. Residual testing does count toward that maximum. Scores that exceed the maximum will be canceled without refund.
  • NCAA prohibits athletes from using the residual ACT for admission and scholarship.
  • Alabama community colleges have agreed to accept the residual score from other Alabama community colleges.

Contact the College Admissions office of schools that you are interested in attending to see if they offer the residual ACT. Practice and get prepared; this is an important way to earn tax-free scholarship money towards your education.

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