The American College Test (ACT) is used to evaluate the verbal, mathematical, reading and science skills of prospective UTEP students whose education was completed in English.

Who is expected to take the ACT?

Students who graduated from a Texas high school or an out-of-state high school may take the ACT to be considered for admission. Please refer to undergraduate pathways to admissions for additional information about admissions requirements.

Registration Procedures:

• Step 1: Determine if you need to take the test

Entering students and transfer students need to apply for admission to UTEP and meet with an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to determine if you need to take the ACT. Please refer to undergraduate pathways to admissions for additional information about admissions requirements.

** NOTE: The Institutional ACT is valid only at UTEP.

• Step 2: Payment Procedures

Pay the $45 test fee online with a credit card at

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 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 one session gets full, it will no longer be displayed on the registration system.

** NOTE: There is a 60 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. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted.

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. Note: School ID must be in hard plastic card format. Paper or electronic formats are NOT acceptable. Follow this link to learn more about ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION for the ACT.


The ACT consists of four multiple-choice sections: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. The exam takes approximately 3 ½ hours.

• English

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.

• Mathematics

There is one 60-minute math section with 60 questions. Calculator use permitted only for this section. 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.

• Reading

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. The scores are manually added to the SOATEST screen on Banner. If a student does not have a UTEP ID number, one will be generated.

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. An ACT composite score of 20 or higher is required for Category I Freshman Admission. Students can contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment in the Academic Services Building for further information.

Other Helpful Sources:

• Study Guides available at local bookstores and the UTEP bookstore

• The Taking The ACT pamphlet is offered to the students that have registered to take this test.

UTEP Codes: ACT: 4223; AP, CLEP, SAT, TOEFL: 6829; THEA: 357; DSST: 8021;