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National ACT and Residual ACT


At Shelton State Community College, acceptable scores from the National ACT may be used to determine course placement, scholarship awards, and applying into an Allied Health Program.


Allied Health Programs accepts scores from both the National and the Residual ACT. Residual ACT scores may not be used for any other purpose other than applying to an Allied Health Program.

National ACT vs. Residual ACT

The paper and pencil ACT comes in two versions, the National ACT and the Residual ACT. Both versions are produced by the same company, and they are essentially the same tests. The main difference is the flexibility of scheduling testing dates and how the scores from each test may be used.


Dates for the National ACT are determined by ACT. Test dates, registration information and ACT guidelines, may be viewed on the ACT Website. The National ACT is proctored on a Saturday. Shelton State Community College is registered as a National ACT testing site. SSCC’s test code is 000070.


Dates for the Residual ACT are determined by the Testing and Assessment Office at Shelton State Community College. The Residual ACT is proctored monthly on a weekday at the College. To register for a test session or view testing dates visit Residual ACT

National and Residual ACT Retesting

The National ACT is given at multiple testing centers across the United States, including Shelton State, on designated Saturdays.

National Score Reports

Most scores are available for online viewing two to three weeks after each national or international test date. You may log into your ACT account and print a copy of your scores. Mailed copies of score reports are normally released within three to eight weeks after each test date.

Residual ACT

Testing Location for Residual ACT

The exam will be given on the Martin Campus in the Testing and Assessment room 1824. You must arrive at the testing location at least fifteen minutes prior to the beginning of the test. Exam fees must be paid before entering the testing room.

Testing Date and Time

The Residual ACT is proctored at least once a month on a weekday at the College. To register for a test session or view testing dates visit Residual ACT.

Testing Information for Residual ACT

Official photo identification is required. You may bring two #2 pencils. Mechanical pencils are not allowed. If you choose to use a calculator for the mathematics portion of the test, you may bring a calculator. No other items will be allowed. Scratch paper will be provided. No children or visitors allowed in classroom during testing.

Residual ACT Cost


Residual ACT Payment

Options for making payments are as follows:

  • Call the Cashier’s Office at 205.391.2335 to pay by credit card.
  • Visit the Cashier’s Office in person to pay by cash, check, or credit card.

Payment must be made within 72 hours of registering for a testing session. After 72 hours, non-payment will result in removal from the test session. Space is limited. It is recommended to pay and register as soon as possible. The fee is non-refundable and reserves a place for the originally scheduled test date only.

Registration for Residual ACT

For registration to be complete, payment must be made within seventy-two hours of registering for a testing session. After 72 hours, non-payment will result in removal from the test session.


Check in begins 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the test.


Exam begins promptly at scheduled time.


No latecomers will be admitted after testing materials have been distributed.


Registration and payment is required to take the Residual ACT. Please bring a copy of your receipt with you to the exam. If you paid online, you may stop by the Cashier’s Office to pick up a copy of your receipt prior to testing. The Cashier’s Office is located on the Martin Campus on the first floor in the Atrium area.


To register, visit Residual ACT. Google Chrome is the recommended browser to use with the online appointment system.

Click here for directions on how to schedule Residual ACT.


Photo identification non-expired driver’s license, non-expired school I.D. card, or passport is required for admittance to the test and required to pick up results.


A basic calculator is permitted, but not necessary. (A Texas Instruments TI-86 or lower is acceptable.) Candidates must supply their own. Programmable, printing, and QWERTY keyboard calculators are not permitted.

Residual Score Reports

Score reports will be mailed within seven days of the test date.


Candidates must wait sixty days before retaking the Residual ACT, but may take the National ACT on the next available date. To schedule a time to take the National ACT, please visit the ACT Website.


It is the policy of SSCC to provide students with disabilities appropriate testing accommodations on the ACT Residual Test. Students with disabilities are required to provide a minimum three weeks notification before a scheduled exam for students without accommodations and appropriate documentation to the Office of Disability Services at for ACT Residual Testing accommodations. Students testing with approved accommodations will need to contact the Testing and Assessment department at, to schedule their exam at least two weeks prior to the scheduled exam date for students without accommodations. Students with approved accommodations will not test in the same session as students without any accommodations but will test within the same week.