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ACT Residual

The ACT Residual is an on-campus, residual testing program provided by APSU for prospective students who were unable to test on a national ACT test date. The ACT-Residual is used by APSU to meet admission requirements for ACT testing. 

Important Policies / Updates

ACT Residual scores are only valid at APSU. Scores cannot be transferred to another college or university. Also, ACT Residual scores do not meet eligibility requirements for the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship or Tennessee Promise.

The Testing Center strongly recommends that examinees go to the ACT website to obtain the most current information regarding calculator requirements and prohibited behaviors. Please Note: Some of the information on other pages of the ACT website is intended for the ACT National. Please follow the registration procedure listed below for ACT Residual testing. Do not register online unless you wish to take the ACT National.

Fees / Payment Method / Remittance Policy

Fee: $45.00 (effective January 12, 2017)

Payment Method: Cash, check, money order, or credit cards (including Visa, MasterCard, or American Express).

Please make all checks and money orders payable to Austin Peay State University.  APSU students must write their name and APSU student I.D. number on all checks and money orders.

Remittance Policy: Payment is due on the day of the exam. Please report to the Ellington Building, Room 207 to obtain a payment invoice at the time of your scheduled exam.

If you have any questions regarding a payment method, please contact the Business Office.

Test Dates / Times

Please click here to view the current schedule of test dates and times. Please Note: Seating availability is limited, so examinees should schedule in advance.

Testing Location

On the day of the test, report to the Ellington Building, Room 207 no later than 8:15 am.


During peak times on campus, parking availability in the area around the Ellington Building can be limited. Parking passes are required by campus police for visitors.  These can be obtained in the Ellington building lobby when you walk in the building.  If you are unfamiliar with campus, click on the following link to access a Campus Map. Please allow adequate time to acquire parking prior to your scheduled test time.

Identification Requirements

For ID requirements, please refer to the "Acceptable Forms of Identification" information at  http://www.actstudent.org/faq/id.html.  NOTE:  Admission/standby tickets are required for the ACT National only and are currently not required for the ACT Residual. The Testing Center will NOT admit any student who does not meet the I.D. requirement.

Registration Requirements

To register for the ACT Residual, please call the Testing Center at (931) 221-6269. It is recommended that you review the Test Schedule (see link below) prior to calling the Testing Center. Application to the University is required of all ACT Residual examinees.  Examinees should submit an application to APSU at least one week prior to the test date.

Permissible Test Aids

Scratch paper and pencils will be provided by the Testing Center. Examinees are allowed to bring a calculator. Examinees are responsible for knowing if their calculator is permitted. The Testing Center will not provide calculators.

Prohibited Items

Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, notes or other aids, highlight pens, colored pens or pencils, correction fluid/tape, communication devices (including cell phones), computers (including handhelds), recording devices (including cameras, scanners, tape recorders), media devices (including games, music, video, headphones), reading material, food or drink (included water), and tobacco in any form.

Results / Score Reports / Transcripts

Results are reported only to APSU. Upon completion of the test, a preliminary score report is provided to the Office of Admissions. ACT sends an official score report to APSU approximately 2 – 4 weeks after testing. No Student Reports or High School Reports are generated by ACT, and Additional Score Reports will not be generated to report scores to any other college or university.


The Testing Center has a limited number of seats available for testing. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact the Testing Center as soon as possible so your reserved seat can be made available for other examinees.

Retest Information

If an examinee previously tested via Residual or any other non-national testing, the retest should be taken on a national ACT test date. If this is not possible, examinees may retake the ACT Residual. Examinees may not repeat residual testing until 60 days have passed since their previous testing. Examinees may take the ACT no more than 12 times total. If the retest restrictions are violated, ACT will automatically cancel the retest scores without refund.


Please contact the Office of Disability Services at APSU regarding all accommodation requests prior to testing. Accommodations are determined based on review of submitted documentation from the health care provider for its appropriateness and completeness under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Office of Disability Services documentation policy. Visit the Office of Disability Services website for more information: http://www.apsu.edu/disability/.

Additional Information

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

Food and drink are not allowed in the Testing Center.

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

Children are not allowed in the testing room at any time.

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