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Assessment Testing Information

NATIONAL ACT TESTING

USAO is an official testing site for the National ACT. For upcoming test dates and more information visit act.org.

Residual ACT Testing at USAO

The Residual ACT is intended for students who will be attending USAO. Scores are reported directly to the USAO Registrar, Admissions, and Financial Aid offices and cannot be provided to any other college. Residual tests can be administered any day except an ACT National test date. At USAO we schedule them for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Exceptions may occur occasionally—check the Assessment website at usao.edu/assessment-center or call the office at (405) 574-1281 for the most up to date testing information.

Reservations can be made by calling, emailing, or sending in an application by mail to office however walk-ins the day of testing are allowed if seats are available. Seating is limited and reservations will be accommodated first. If there is sufficient demand, additional test dates can be added.

The day of the exam, each student MUST bring at least 1 photo ID and a receipt from the USAO Business Office stating that the student has paid the exam fee. The fee is $50.00 and can be paid the day of the test. The office accepts cash, credit, and debit—please contact their office if you have any questions regarding payment.

Students may take the Residual test every 60 days. Students may take the Residual and National independently of one another (no time limit between the two tests). The exam takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. Scores are computed digitally onsite and are available by the end of the day.

If a student needs any unique accommodations for testing, a written request with desired accommodations is required.

Feel free to contact the Assessment Office if you have any questions:

Phone: (405) 574-1281

Email: assessment@usao.edu

Fax: (405) 574-1220

Mail: 1727 West Alabama, Chickasha, OK 73018

Practice tests are available online at: actstudent.org/sampletest

Test Dates for Residual ACT 2019-2020:

  • No testing in October 2019
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020
  • No testing in October 2020
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM

Test Location: Troutt Hall, Room 318A

Fee: $50.00
Payable to the Business Office | Troutt Hall 220 or by calling (405) 574-1213

Placement Tests

Students scoring below a 19 on the math, science, or English subtests on the ACT are required to take a placement test in that subject to determine if remedial coursework is needed. Students are referred for placement testing by the USAO Registrar or Admissions Office prior to enrollment.

A photo ID is required for all placement testing. Calculators, pencils, and scratch paper are provided for math tests, but you may also bring your own. Calculators must meet the same guidelines as those used to take the ACT test.

USAO students are allowed to take each course placement test once per day for free. Non-USAO students must pay $15.00 per session day.

Placement tests are administered by computer and have no time limit. Study guides are available in the Assessment Office free of charge.

Online study guides are available from these websites:

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Senior Exit Exams

Every graduating senior has an exit exam or exit portfolio that meets the graduation requirement.

The Assessment Office keeps lists of all completed exams.

If you do not test in the Assessment Center, you must ask your advisor to inform the Assessment Office of completion of your exit requirement.

The Assessment Office will then assure that the Registrar’s office has been informed of the completion of that requirement.

Why an Exit Exam/Portfolio?

The exit exam asks questions based upon the coursework required for the major. The responses to the questions provide the professors and department heads specific information regarding the success of USAO courses.

For example, a significant number of incorrect responses may indicate a program or course change is required.

Portfolios provide: examples of work accomplished, major field information regarding the progress of the student from entry to graduation, and program information that may be used in the future.

The following exams are given in the Assessment Center by appointment only: 

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Economics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology