There are two types of ACT: The National ACT and the ACT Residual.

The National ACT exam is accepted at ANY institution which requires the ACT exam for admission. You have to register for this exam through ACT, either online or by obtaining a registration packet from a university or local high school. The exam is offered 5-6 times a year and the scores take 4-6 weeks to be mailed to you and the schools that you request. Visit the National ACT website for online registration, test prep and frequently asked questions regarding the National ACT.

ACT Residual testing at the University of Louisville is designed for those who are enrolled, have been admitted, or have applied to U of L. The ACT Residual exam is ONLY accepted at the institution where it is taken. Therefore, an ACT Residual exam taken at U of L is NOT transferable to any other institution. If you are considering more than one school, believe you might transfer to another school, or want your score made available to another agency, you should take the National ACT exam. ACT Residual scores are NOT mailed to examinees. They are made available to our Admissions Office on the first business day following the test administration. You may view only your Composite ACT-R score on your personalized admissions page on ULINK (only after you have applied for admission to U of L and paid your application fee).

ACT Residual Registration:

Register online to schedule your test date. Please be advised that you must wait 60 days to retake the ACT Residual if you are taking it again. The fee for the ACT Residual is $53 and due upon registration.  There are NO REFUNDS, no exceptions!  You must be registered at least ONE WEEK before the test to avoid the LATE registration fee of $20.  The LATE FEE will be waived for January 2016 ACT-R due to holiday break schedule.  You must call office to register for any ACT-R by NOON the day before an exam.  If you miss the exam and need to reschedule, there is a $20 reschedule fee payable over the phone with a credit card.

ACT Residual Test Dates:


January 6
May 12
July 28
August 18
November 10

January 5
May 11
July 27
August 17
November 9