American College Test (ACT): Residual and National


One valid photo ID is required for all testing.

Southwest is a Residual testing center for the ACT®. The results of this test will only be reported to Southwest. Students who want to have ACT® results sent to other colleges, institutions or agencies must take the National ACT® on one of the five national test dates. In addition, the Union Avenue Campus administers the National ACT® in April, June, and December of each year.

Announcement: Students must pay for the test in the Cashier's Office on the Macon Cove Campus and register in the Testing Center (Macon Cove Campus) prior to the day of the test. Students will not be allowed to pay for the test and register the day of the test.

Students Under Age 21:

ACT® is the placement test required for any student who is under age 21, unless they are college transfer students and have received credit with a grade of "C" or better in English Composition and college algebra from a regionally accredited college or university.

Students Over Age 21:

If you are over age 21, you are not required to take the ACT®. Please review information regarding the COMPASS® test.

Residual ACT®

Follow the steps below to register for the Residual ACT®.

  1. An Online Admissions Application to Southwest and $10 non-refundable application fee must be completed prior to taking the ACT®.
  2. There is a $35 non-refundable, non transferable fee to take the ACT®. Fees are to be paid in the Southwest Cashier's Office.
  3. Take your receipt to the Testing Center to have your name placed on the testing roster by noon of the day preceding the test. You must have a reservation for the ACT® or you will not be tested. (Please keep in mind that reservations are on a first come/first serve basis, so early registration is recommended.)
  4. You may also practice online at the ACT®Test Prep website.

Note: The ACT® will take approximately four hours to complete.

2014-2015 Residual ACT® Dates
Date/Day Time Location
November 11/Tuesday 8 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
November 26/Wednesday 8 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Fulton Building, Room 400 (Fulton Auditorium)
December 12/Friday 8 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
December 19/Friday 8 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
January 6/Tuesday 8 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
January 13/Tuesday 8 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Fulton Building, Room 400 (Fulton Auditorium)
January 20/Tuesday 8 a.m. Macon Cove Campus, Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122 (Auditorium) 

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National ACT®

To register for the National ACT®, please pick up an ACT® packet which is available at the public library or at the Macon Cove or Union Avenue Testing Center. Registration materials and fees must be mailed directly to ACT®. The National ACT® test will be administered at the Union Avenue Campus. For additional information please visit, A Student Site for ACT® Test Takers.

2014-2015 National ACT® Dates
Date/Day Location
December 13/Saturday Union Avenue Campus, Parrish Building, Room 100
April 18/Saturday Union Avenue Campus, Parrish Building, Room 100
June 13/Saturday Union Avenue Campus, Parrish Building, Room 100

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