Entrance Exams

College entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are designed to test the college readiness of higher education applicants and are used by The University of Texas-Pan American to make admission decisions.


The SAT Reasoning Test is a globally recognized test that measures the critical thinking skills you will need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems.

The SAT tests three areas: reading, writing, and math. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800, and the writing section will contain two subscores. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is administered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories, and six times a year overseas.

The SAT is about 3 hours and 45 minutes long. The 25-minute essay will always be the first section of the SAT, and the 10-minute multiple-choice writing section will always be the final section. The remaining six 25-minute sections can appear in any order, as can the two 20-minute sections. Test takers sitting next to each other in the same testing session may have test books with entirely different sections.

In order to take the SAT exam, you must register online through the College Board’s website.

Register now to take the SAT exam.


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 test covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. ACT offers a 30-minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT Assessment for students testing within the United States who are applying to college for the fall of 2006 or later. The ACT Writing Test complements the English Test. The combined information from both tests tells post-secondary institutions about students' understanding of the conventions of standard written English and their ability to produce a direct sample of writing.

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UTPA offers an Institutional ACT test known as ACT Residual.  Scores from the ACT Residual test are only valid at UTPA and cannot be used to seek admission at another university.  The ACT Residual test covers four skill areas: English, math, reading and science.  The advantage of taking the ACT Residual test is that UTPA will receive your scores the same day of the test.

Register now to take the ACT Residual exam.