The American College Test (ACT) - Institutional is used to evaluate the verbal, mathematical, reading and science skills of prospective UTEP students whose education was completed in English.
The Institutional ACT is only valid at UTEP. If you are planning to attend another institution, please read the information for the National ACT test.
Who is expected to take the Institutional ACT?
Students who graduated from a Texas high school or an out-of-state high school may take the Institutional ACT to be considered for admission at UTEP. Please refer to undergraduate pathways to admissions for additional information about admissions requirements.
Students may also use the Institutional ACT for scholarship purposes. See all available scholarship opportunities and requirements here.
Please make sure that you check with the Office of Admissions before taking this test, there are no refunds.
Step 1: Fill out the admission application
An application must be on file prior to taking the Institutional ACT. You can fill out your application through www.applytexas.org
Step 2: Payment Procedures
Pay the $55 test fee online with a credit card at http://testingpayment.utep.edu.
THE TEST FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE. Valid only for one fiscal year (September 1st through August 31st of the following year).
Step 3: Register for a test session
Online Registration – If you paid online, refer to your confirmation email and locate the reference number. Then go to http://testregister.utep.edu and login using your UTEP credentials. Select "Test Registration" to select the test and test date for your exam, then click "Register". Enter the reference number you received in the confirmation email to reserve a seat.
In-Person Registration – You can also reserve a seat in person at the Office of Student Assessment & Testing, located in the Academic Advising Center Bldg., Suite 127, or by calling the TEST RESERVATION line at (915)747-5009. Refer to the test schedule for dates and times. Once the session is full, it will no longer be displayed on the registration system.
** NOTE: There is a 60 calendar day waiting period to retake the institutional ACT.
Step 4: On the day of the test
Report to the Office of Student Assessment & Testing. Arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
IMPORTANT: Examinees who arrive more than five minutes after designated report time will not be allowed to test.
Present Identification - You will be required to present an acceptable form of identification such as an original, current (valid) ID issued by a city/state/federal government agency or your school. The name on your identification card must match your name on your test registration. Note: School ID must be in hard plastic card format. Paper or electronic formats are NOT acceptable.
The Institutional ACT consists of four multiple-choice sections: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. The exam takes approximately 3 ½ hours.
The Institutional ACT consists of one English 45-minute section with 75 questions. This portion measures the examinees understanding of the conventions of standard written English (punctuation, grammar and usage, and sentence structure) and rhetorical skills (strategy, organization, and style). Spelling, vocabulary, and rote recall of rules of grammar are not tested.
There is one 60-minute math section with 60 questions. Calculator use permitted only for this section (please bring your own). The Math portion of the exam tests the knowledge of basic formulas and computational skill are assumed as background for the problems, but complex formulas and extensive computation are not required.
There is one 35-minute reading section with 40 questions. The test questions ask you to derive meaning from several texts by (1) referring to what is explicitly stated and (2) reasoning to determine implicit meanings.
• Science Reasoning
There is one 35-minute Science Reasoning section with 40 questions. This portion measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skill required in the natural sciences. The Essay and Reading section of the ACT test is presently not required at UTEP.
The Institutional ACT is scored in the Student Assessment and Testing Office. Scores are available for students in about 20 minutes after completion of the test. Please allow 24-48 hours for the scores to be in the UTEP system.
To determine the scores on each of the four tests, the total score is based on the number of questions that are answered correctly. No points are deducted for incorrect answers. The scale scores range from 1 (lowest) to 36 (highest) for each of the four tests and for the composite. The composite is the average of the four test scores.
The Office of Admission and Recruitment uses the ACT scores, in conjunction with other pertinent information, to make a decision on an individual’s admission status. For minimum score requirements, please refer to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
• Study Guides available at local bookstores and the UTEP bookstore
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED:
FOOD, DRINKS, HATS, MECHANICAL PENCILS, ALL TYPES OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES, ALL TYPES OF WATCHES, AND CONCEALED HANDGUNS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE TEST ROOM!
UTEP Codes: ACT: 4223; AP, CLEP, SAT, TOEFL: 6829; THEA: 357; DSST: 8021