ACT Testing for Nursing

To be considered for admission to the Nursing Program, applicants must provide official ACT scores less than five years old (dated July 15, 2010 or later). The program uses the English, math, and science reasoning sections of the test. To assist you, the program offers a Residual ACT Exam. The test is given only on JSCC’s main campus and cannot be used for lottery scholarship purposes or transferred to other institutions. You may take the JSCC nursing ACT residual once per nursing admission cycle.

Registration Instructions:

  1. Seating for the exam is limited and fills up quickly. Please register early.
  2. Since you cannot register for the ACT unless you have an admission applications on file, ensure your admissions application has been submitted and processed by  JSCC Admissions and Records Services if you are not currently enrolled at JSCC.  Apply for the term you plan to enroll for any courses. 
  3. To Register: Between 8 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday, go to the Academic Assistance Center - main campus, JSCC Library - 2nd floor; or go the Lexington, Savannah or Humboldt Centers.  You cannot register by phone. You will be given the testing room location when you register for the exam.  Bring a valid ID during registration to be reviewed.  Questions? (Call 731) 424-3520 ext. 50479.
  4. Pay the non-refundable $40 fee in the Business Services Office on the same day you register for the exam to reserve your seat.  You can pay online if you are a current JSCC student.  Payment by phone is not accepted.  If paying in person, you must go to the main JSCC campus or to the Humboldt, Lexington or Savannah Centers.
  5. Test Day ID Requirements - You will not be allowed to test without meeting these requirements. You must have:
    • Valid photo ID that is not expired (NO EXCEPTIONS). Acceptable forms of photo ID are: valid driver’s license, valid state photo ID, or valid/current JSCC ID.
    • The name on your ID must match the name used during registration.

Test Schedule

Test Schedule
DateStart Time
April 17, 2015 01:00 PM
May 29, 2015 09:00 AM
June 26, 2015 01:00 PM
July 8, 2015 01:00 PM
July 10, 2015 01:00 PM

How to Get Your Scores:

Scores will be available one week after your test date in the Nursing Division Office, McWherter Center - Room 137. Scores cannot be given via phone or picked up by anyone else.  Valid photo ID must be provided before scores can be released. If you prefer us to mail your scores to you, complete an ACT Request Form (available from Nursing Division Office).  Also, provide a self-addressed stamped long envelope to the testing proctor on test day.

Additional Information: 

Test Prep Hints

The Nursing Program currently uses the English, math, reading and science reasoning subtest scores from the ACT during the admissions process. A partial resource list to assist you with test preparation is provided below.

To access a free online ACT preparation site from the JSCC Library website which includes free online practice tests, an online course and online books, go to Then click:

If off-campus, login using your JSCC username and password when you access the site.

Taking the National ACT/Using National ACT Test Scores

If you would like to take a national exam instead of, or in addition to, JSCC’s residual exam, you can register for a national exam at  The essay portion of the ACT exam is not required for nursing admission. National test dates that meet this nursing application deadline are:

Also, use this website if you need to have your national scores that are less than five years old sent to JSCC Admissions and Records Services. If national ACT scores are sent to JSCC, it is your responsibility to confirm the scores have been received by July 15, 2015.

Starting February 1, 2016, the Nursing Program will use ONLY national ACT test scores.  The program will also use the superscore (highest) subscore from English, math, science reasoning and reading sections of national ACT tests dated February 1, 2011 or later.   Go to to register at least a month before your test date.  You will also choose a LOCATION to take the national ACT.

National test dates which meet this nursing application deadline are:

  • April 18, 2015
  • June 13, 2015
  • September 12, 2015
  • October 24, 2015
  • December 12, 2015