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Many higher education institutions require ACT scores as part of the admissions process. Plus, to earn a TOPS award in the state of Louisiana, students must have a qualifying ACT score in addition to a qualifying GPA. Students may want to check with the college(s) of their choice to determine if taking the ACT is right for them.


There are two types of ACT tests: one without writing and one with writing. The ACT (no writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests that cover English, math, reading, and science. The ACT Plus Writing test includes the same four multiple-choice tests in addition to a writing test. Choosing which ACT test to take depends on the admissions requirements at your college of choice; however, most colleges do not require the ACT writing section. Click here to check the ACT admissions requirements of your college(s) of choice.

2021-2022 National ACT Test Dates

Test Date                                     Registration Deadline                         Late Fee Required

September 11, 2021                       August 6, 2021                                   August 20, 2021

October 23, 2021                          September 17, 2021                            October 1, 2021

December 11, 2021                        November 5, 2021                              November 19, 2021

February 12, 2022                         January 7, 2022                                  January 21, 2022

April 2, 2022*                               February 25, 2022                              March 11, 2022

June 11, 2022                                May 6, 2022                                       May 20, 2022

July 16, 2022                                June 17, 2022                                      June 24, 2022   


*The April 2022 ACT test is the last ACT that will apply toward TOPS awards for Fall 2022 awards

Please visit the ACT website for registration deadline updates

How do I prepare for the ACT?

There are many test prep resources for the ACT. A good place to start is by viewing the ACT Student Guide. There are ACT Prep classes offered at CMHS in the Fall and in the Spring. There are also ACT prep boot camps and classes in the local community, such as through Sylvan Prep, Kaplan, or Princeton Review

How much does it cost to take the ACT?

If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, even if you do not utilize it, then you are eligible for an ACT fee waiver. Please note that students only receive two total fee waivers in their lifetime. Please see Mrs. Parnell for fee waiver paperwork. For all other costs, please click here.

How do I register for the ACT?

All registrations are completed online. Click here to register for the ACT. You will need personal details, payment information (if applicable), a recent photo of the student, and a few codes. You will need the CMHS school code so that a score report will be sent to the school. It is recommended that you list the TOPS Office (LOSFA) as your first choice under "Colleges" so that they receive a score report as well. The codes for online registration are:

  • CMHS School Code: 192679

  • TOPS Office (LOSFA) Code: 1595

  • NCAA Code: 9999