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  • The ACT test was developed by the American College Testing Program.
  • The ACT exam has four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
  • The maximum score is a 36.
  • The ACT test is used to screen college applicants.
  • All students are required to have a National ACT or On-Campus ACT for course placement as part of the admission process.
  • If ACT scores are more than 7 years old, a new ACT exam must be taken for placement. (SAT scores can be used in place of a National or On-Campus ACT).

Some other reasons a student might need an ACT are:

  • Applying for scholarships
  • Concurrent enrollment students
  • Removing course deficiencies

There are two types of ACT (National and On-Campus).


The National ACT, National SAT or NOC On-Campus ACT is a requirement of all incoming freshmen to Northern Oklahoma College. If ACT/SAT scores are more than 3 years old or below a 19 in any subject area you have the option to enrolled based on those ACT/SAT score or challenge that score by taking the ACT sub section exam in that specific subject area for placement into courses. Only admitted NOC students may take the On-Campus ACT once per semester (Fall, Spring, & Summer) and the Placement Exam in a specific subject area once per semester. On-Campus ACT costs $70 and a Placement Exam costs $18 per subject area per attempt. There is a 3 day waiting period between attempts to allow for test prep to take place, see below. Allow 4 hours to complete the On-Campus ACT. Extended time on each sub section Placement Exam are as follows.  70 minutes for English, 90 minutes for Math, and 55 minutes for Reading or Science. Must bring a legible, valid and acceptable photo ID, pencils, and calculator for all ACT testing. All students (including Concurrent) may challenge any ACT sub-score below 19 by taking an On-Campus ACT Challenge Exam in that specific subject area. Transfer students will be placed into courses according to their transcripts from other educational institutions (sub section testing may be needed).  On-Campus ACT scores are specific to the institution in which you tested and cannot be transferred to another institution. National ACT scores can be transferred from one institution to another.

  • Register for the National ACT at
  • Register for the On-campus ACT or the  Placement Exam at
  • All Testing is by appointment only
  • Photo ID is required for all testing
  • Suzy Stergas Tonkawa – Vineyard-Library Administration Building, 580.628.6349,
  • Michaelene Malan Enid – Everest Administration Building, 580.548.2265,
  • Susan Barnes Stillwater – NOC Classroom Building Room 285, 580.628.6907,

No On-Campus ACT tests are given in the month of October due to the exchange of materials.

TEST PREPERATION for English: WritePlacer assesses the writing skills of new college students. Test scores help colleges determine whether a student is ready for college-level coursework or would benefit from developmental instruction before taking credit-bearing courses. Students taking WritePlacer are presented with a prompt and asked to write an essay of 300 to 600 words. A prompt consists of a short passage. Following the passage is an assignment that requires the student to focus on the issue addressed in the passage. WritePlacer prompts are carefully designed to allow the student to respond quickly and in a variety of ways. They are free of technical or specific literary references and don’t require specialized knowledge. The prompts are designed to stimulate critical thinking and are relevant to any number of fields and interests. Students will be asked to draw on a broad range of experiences, learning, and ideas to support their point of view on the issue in question. Scores on WritePlacer range from 1 to 8. An essay that is too short to be evaluated, written on a topic other than the one presented, or written in a language other than English will be given a score of zero. Math, Reading and Science You may wish to visit,,, or for help preparing for the ACT or Placement Exams.

To schedule a test, visit our online scheduling system by clicking on the Register Blast/Testing link above.

ACT Score Course Number Content Area
0-14 ENGL 0133 Critical Reading, Science Reasoning and Writing
15-18 ENGL 1113 – Freshman Composition I w/Supplement ENGL 0122
19+ ENGL 1113 – Freshman Composition I
Math Refer to your specific degree sheet to determine the math courses required for your degree. Contact your Advisor if you are not sure.
Non-Stem Track


MATH 1483 – Math Functions w/Supplement MATH 001 or

MATH 1493 – Math Applications w/Supplement MATH 0021


MATH 2023 – Statistics  or MATH or 1483 – Math Functions or

MATH 1493 – Math Applications

Stem Track
0-16 MATH 0123 – Pre College Algebra
17-18 MATH 1513 – Algebra for STEM w/Supplement MATH 0122
19+ MATH 1513 – Algebra for STEM
26-27 MATH 1613 – Trigonometry
28-36 MATH 2145 – Calculus I
0-18 READ 0123 – Critical Read, Science Reasoning and Writing
19+ College level work
0-18 READ 0122- Supplement to Science Reasoning w/Earth Science, Biology or Chemistry
19+ College level work