Undergraduate Admissions & Entrance Exams



There are two distinct ways to take the ACT--the ACT National Test and the ACT Residual Test. Website: www.actstudent.org.

National ACT

The National ACT is the same test given in many high schools. This test provides scores that are valid nationally, at any school that accepts ACT as an admission exam. It is available 5 times yearly--always on Saturdays (many high schools participate in only 2 or 3 of the 5 dates). Students must register through ACT (online or by phone) approximately 5 weeks in advance of the test date.

  • Cost: $39.50 (Plus Writing: $56.50)
  • Where: Generally administered in the Engineering Building, not in the weekday Testing Services office (check your admission ticket for details)
  • Register: at the ACT website (www.actstudent.org)
  • Scores: Are available for viewing online approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the exam, and a mailed copy will arrive 4 to 6 weeks after test date.
  • Note: May be taken each time it is given.
  • When: Upcoming National ACT Dates:
    • October 24, 2015
    • December 12, 2015
    • February 6, 2016
    • April 9, 2016
    • June 11, 2016

Residual ACT

The Residual ACT is exactly like the National ACT except that scores are valid only at the college or university where the test is actually taken. Residual ACTs taken at USU provide scores valid for USU purposes only. A student cannot take the ACT Residual at USU and use scores for other schools (one partial exception: USU's ACT Residual may be used for the USU/Weber State University Cooperative Nursing Program--though they will not be valid for admission to other programs at Weber State University). Residual ACT scores are not valid for NCAA Clearinghouse purposes.

  • Cost: $59.00
  • Where: Administered at USU Testing Services, University Inn 115
  • When: Wednesday mornings 8:30 a.m., by appointment only
  • Register: register at www.registerblast.com/usu/exam
  • Scores: Available immediately
  • Notes: ACT Residual may not be repeated (at USU or any other school) within 60 days. Be aware that there are occasional exceptions to these appointment dates and times. Also, testing schedules often fill to capacity, so an advance appointment is required to ensure a seat. Walk-in testing is allowed but will not guarantee a spot.

GED (General Educational Development Test)

The high school equivalency exam, a test of basic skills in Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts. Successfully completing the GED exam gives the examinee a "Utah High School Completion Diploma," which allows students to apply for admission at university, college, trade and tech school programs, and to apply for employment where a high school diploma or its equivalent is required.

State GED website: http://www.utahged.info

National GED website: www.ged.com

  • Cost: $30.00 per test. There are 4 tests to complete the GED, for a total fee of $120.00. Each test may be taken on a separate day if preferred.
  • Where: USU Testing Services, University Inn 115.
  • When: Mondays and some Thursdays, starting as early as 9:00 a.m. The registration site, www.ged.com will not allow candidates to make appointments which will extend beyond closing time, 5:00 p.m.
  • Register: www.ged.com  You will be required to set up an account with an email address and password and input your biographical information (name, birth date, address, etc.)
  • Scores: Can be accessed through candidate's MYGED account online approximately 3 hours after completion of exam. The account history may be accessed through the www.ged.com website. Official credentials (score report and diploma) will be sent to the test taker within a week of completing/scoring of the final exam.
  • Notes: Must be 16 or older to test.  Those who are still of high school age are required to meet with an adult education counselor before registering for the exam.  More information on this policy available on the GED website.

SAT (Includes SAT I Reasoning Test and SAT II Subject Exams)

The SAT I is an undergraduate admissions exam like the ACT which is accepted by most institutions and even required by some. While most Utah schools and many institutions in the west look first for ACT scores, the SAT is more commonly required by schools in California and the eastern part of the country. SAT II includes exams in 20 specific subject areas.

  • Cost: $54.50 for SAT I, $26.00 for SAT II
  • Fee Waiver:  Fee waivers are available for those who meet qualifying income eligibility requirements.  See sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-fee-waivers.
  • Where: Generally administered in the Engineering Building, not in the weekday Testing Services office (check your admission ticket for details)
  • Register: Online at www.collegeboard.com/sat
  • Scores: Available for viewing online approximately 2 weeks after the exam, and mailed out to individuals and institutions approximately 3 weeks after the exam
  • When: Upcoming SAT dates:
    • October 3, 2015
    • January 23, 2016
    • June 4, 2016

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

A test of basic English language reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills used as an admission criterion (undergraduate and graduate) for those whose native language is other-than English. Website: www.toefl.org.

  • Cost: $190.00
  • Where: USU Testing Services, University Inn 115
  • Scores: available for viewing online approximately 10 days after the exam. Print copies are mailed to individuals and to schools and will arrive approximately 3 weeks after exam. See full score policy at: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/get/
  • When: Approximately 30 dates per year, predetermined by the test company. USU participates in approximately half of the test dates. See the TOEFL website for details.
  • Register: at the TOEFL website http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register
  • Note: current PASSPORT REQUIRED as identification unless examinee is a US citizen. Advance appointment required.


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