Taking the National ACT is optional, not required; however, all juniors will take the state-mandated ACT in the Spring of 2021 at CMHS (this is the no-writing version). Many higher education institutions require ACT scores as part of the admissions process. 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. Click here to check the ACT admissions requirements of your college(s) of choice.
2020-2021 National ACT Test Dates
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
September 12, 2020 August 14, 2020 August 15-28, 2020
September 13, 2020 TBD*
September 19, 2020 TBD*
October 10, 2020 TBD*
October 17, 2020 TBD*
October 24, 2020 September 18, 2020 Sept 19-Oct 2, 2020
October 25, 2020 TBD*
December 12, 2020 November 6, 2020 Nov 7-20, 2020
February 6, 2021 January 8, 2021 January 9-15, 2021
April 17, 2021 March 12, 2021 Mar 13-26, 2021
June 12, 2021 May 7, 2021 May 8-21, 2021
July 17, 2021 June 18, 2021 June 19-25, 2021
*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