ACT

ACT Test Information
Entrance Exam for Nursing Application

The ACT measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English.  COMPOSITE score will be utilized to determine nursing ranking score. Students interested in applying to the CVCC nursing programs may complete the written portion of the test, though it is not required for application purposes.

REGISTERING FOR THE ACT

  • National: Go to act.org for more information about registration. Registration for the National test is $42.50 (price current as of 06/23/2016).
  • Residual: Registration and payment forms can be picked up in the Testing Center, Brassell Hall 205. Residual test fee is $60. The fee for the test is non-refundable. You may visit the Testing Center to reschedule a missed examination.
    • Students may reserve a seat for the ACT by completing the registration form and paying the $60 fee to the Business Office, located in Wallace Hall. The payment must be made at least two business days prior to the testing date. A receipt from the Business Office must be submitted to the Testing Center on the day of the scheduled exam. Reservations that are not paid on or before the deadline will be forfeited.
    • ACT Residual Testing is conducted on CVCC campus for CVCC students who are applying to, have been admitted, or are currently enrolled. Students who do not plan to attend CVCC should not take the ACT Residual Test at the CVCC campus. It is recommended that students first attempt to take the ACT National Test and take the ACT Residual Test only if they cannot take a scheduled administration of the ACT National Test, due to a deadline requirement, such as application to a program.

TESTING INFORMATION

Your score on this exam is very important.  Admission into the nursing program is based on points attained through the ACT, as well as prior coursework.  The minimum score required for the nursing program is 18; maximum attainable score is 36.

  • National: See act.org for testing locations and test day preparation.
    • Students may take the ACT up to 12 times TOTAL and residual testing does count toward that maximum. Scores that exceed the maximum will be cancelled without refund.
  • Residual: Test administered in the Testing Center, Brassell 205. Total testing time for exam: 4 hours
Subtest Time Allocated
English 45 minutes
Mathematics 60 minutes
Reading 35 minutes
Science 35 minutes
  • Test administered in the Testing Center, Brassell 205. Seating will begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
  • Late arrivals will NOT be tested, please make sure to arrive 15 minutes early
  • Make sure you bring:
    • Government issued photo ID for the ACT
    • Calculator (See ACT Calculator Policy at act.org for requirements)
  • Test booklets and pencils will be provided by Testing Center.
  • The Testing Center will not be responsible for personal items.  Personal property such as hats, sunglasses, cellphones, watches, other electronic devices, keys, large jewelry, purses and bags will not be allowed in the testing room.  A small locker and lock will be made available for your use.
  • The ACT score, for nursing application purposes, does not expire.
  • Student must wait at least 60 days between taking each test. Scores achieved before the 60 day period will be cancelled without refund.
    • Students may take the ACT up to 12 times TOTAL and residual testing does count toward that maximum. Scores that exceed the maximum will be cancelled without refund.

TRANSFERRING YOUR OFFICIAL ACT SCORE TO ANOTHER INSTITUTION

  • National: Individuals taking the ACT National Test are allowed to indicate up to 4 colleges, free of charge, to which they would like scores to be sent. Scores can be sent to two additional schools for a fee. Fee to be paid at act.org.
  • Residual: Scores from the ACT Residual Test are valid ONLY at CVCC and cannot be transferred by transcript or other means to any other institution or agency. Scores from ACT Residual Test are reported directly to the administering college; no student reports are generated. Additionally, no score reports will be generated to report scores to any other institution.  Individuals interested in utilizing ACT scores to apply to other institutions are encouraged to register for ACT National Test at act.org.

SUBMITTING ACT SCORES FOR NURSING ACCEPTANCE

  • National: Individuals taking the ACT National Test should indicate CVCC as one of the colleges to receive official scores. Additionally, a printed record of test scores, including the composite score, should be included in submitted nursing application documentation.
  • Residual: Scores from ACT Residual Test, if taken at CVCC, are valid only at CVCC campus and cannot be transferred by transcript or other means to any other institution or agency. Scores from ACT Residual testing are reported only to the college administering the test; no Student Reports or High School Reports are generated via the ACT website. No additional score reports will be generated to report scores to any other institution.

Important Note: ACT scores, whether Residual or National, may take 4-6 weeks to be received by CVCC. Individuals interested in applying to CVCC nursing programs are encouraged to plan accordingly. Applications missing ACT composite scores will be considered incomplete and are automatically excluded.