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Most students who are currently in high school or who are three (3) or less calendar years ago from high school are required by Minnesota State University, Mankato policy to take the ACT exam. The Office of Admissions suggests that students take the ACT at the end of their Junior year. Students can also take the ACT in their Senior year to try to improve their scores or take it for the first time if they did not take it Junior Year.

The ACT exam may also be required for Transfer students who have less than 24 transferable credits and have graduated from high school within the last three (3) years. Students who have earned a General Education Development (GED) equivalency and who are admissible to Minnesota State University, Mankato are exempt from taking the ACT.

Students must register for an ACT test date by going to ACT, Inc. or picking up an ACT registration packet from their high school guidance or career center. These are the current dates for the ACT exam. Further details are available at

Currently, Minnesota State University, Mankato is not requiring the optional Writing portion. The student's ACT composite scores (combined English, Math, Science, and Reading subscores) will be considered. Please contact the Office of Admissions for questions.