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ACT - (American College Test)

The ACT Assessment is a nationally recognized college admissions exam that tests the areas of English, Math, Reading, and Science with an optional written essay. ACT results with no essay are accepted by Texas A&M University-Commerce for admission. The ACT Assessment is a curriculum based test. The questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in English, Mathematics, and Science. The ACT is normally administered in October, December, February, April, and June.

ACT Test Dates and Fees

If you miss the regular and late registration postmark deadlines for the test date you want, you may still be able to take the test. You can try to test as a standby. 

What to Expect on the Day of the Exam at Tarleton State:

  • Please see for driving directions
  • Report to the Math Building between 7:30 and 7:45am on the test date for which you are registered on your admission ticket.
  • The ACT begins at 8:00 am.  Report to testing location 20-30 minutes early.  You will not be admitted if you are late.
  • Students taking the ACT without essay (standard time) are generally finished by 12:15 pm.  Examinees taking the optional written essay should be finished by 1:00 pm.
  • Testing includes 2 breaks.
Bring these items to the test center:
  • Your test center admission ticket.
  • Acceptable and valid(current) identification. (Your admission ticket alone is not acceptable identification.) You will not be admitted to test without acceptable identification.  (Click link above for clarification.)
  • Sharpened soft-lead (No. 2) pencils with good erasers.  (No mechanical pencils)
  •  A permitted calculator, if you wish to use one on the Mathematics Test. Not all models are permitted. View acceptable models.
Do not bring*
  • cellular phones
  • watch with audible alarm
  • mechanical pencils
  • pens
  • textbooks
  • foreign language dictionaries
  • dictionaries
  • notes or other aids
  • scratch paper
  • highlighters
  • Compass, protractor, ruler, or any other aids
  • pagers or beepers
  • photographic devices
  • CD or tape players
  • reading materials

*If any of the prohibited items are brought to the center they will be taken up and turned off (if necessary). The center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Test Prep Resources

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