Hero Image


Southern Adventist University is an on-campus ACT assessment center for enrolled, admitted, or application students who are unable to test on a national test date. Results from residual testing are reported only to Southern and cannot be transferred to any other institution or agency. 

The ACT Assessment is composed of tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science reasoning. 
  • The English Test (45 minutes) measures your understanding of the conventions of standard written English in punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure and your skill in making the kinds of decisions made by good writers related to strategy, organization, and style.
  • The Mathematics Test (60 minutes)measures the mathematical skills that you have acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12. The test requires you to use your reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics. Knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills are assumed as background for the problems.
  • The Reading Test (35 minutes) measures reading comprehension as a product of your skill in referring and reasoning. The test items require you to derive meaning from several texts by referring to what is explicitly stated and by reasoning to determine implicit meanings and to draw conclusions, comparisons, and generalizations.
  • The Science Reasoning Test (35 minutes) measures your skills in interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem solving required in natural science coursework. Test content is drawn from biology, chemistry, physics, and the Earth/space sciences (e.g., geology, astronomy, and meteorology).
Please call the Testing Office at 423.236.2782 for specific instructions regarding registration and admission protocols for upcoming ACT exams.

Call the Counseling and Testing Services office to register for an ACT On-Campus Test appointment.
If you have questions about the ACT assessment or related admission requirements, please call Counseling and Testing at 423.236.2782 or the Enrollment Management Office at 423.236.2835.

For additional information or to view sample questions and explanations, go to www.actstudent.org.

For directions to Counseling and Testing in the Bietz Center and parking information, go to Campus Safety.