ACT Assessment

The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.  The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science.  The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

Prep courses are available through Southeast Missouri State University - Extended & Continuing Education. For more information, please contact Extended & Continuing Education at (573) 986-6879 or visit

Registration Information

  • Applications must be received by ACT prior to the application deadline.
  • Online registration is available at
  • Application deadlines are strictly enforced by ACT.

R-ACT (Residual ACT Assessment)

Students who cannot take the standard ACT on nationally scheduled test dates may take the Residual ACT (R-ACT) at Southeast. R-ACT scores are only valid for admission to Southeast.

Testing Services administers the Residual ACT based on the procedure and guidelines provided by ACT, Inc., however, test dates are scheduled through Testing Services.  Testing Services will score the Residual ACT after completion and provide a score report to the individual.  The individual's score report is the property of Southeast Missouri State University and is not transferable to any other institution.

If you are a Southeast Missouri State University Student taking a test through Testing Services applicable fees will be charged to your student account. Non-Southeast Students wanting to take tests may pay their fees either by cash or pay by debit or credit card at the Cashier’s Office in Academic Hall. Report to Testing Services for the proper debit/credit card charge form before going to the Cashier's office.


Please call Testing Service (573) 651-2836 to arrange a testing time. Candidates should report to the testing location 15 minutes prior with a valid photo ID. Calculators are allowed on the math portion of the exam. Please see ACT's website for more information on the types of calculators that are allowed. Allow 3 hours for R-ACT testing.


Kent Library Room 108
Testing Services
One University Plaza, MS 3970
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701