©2019 by Brandy Parnell


Taking the National ACT is optional, not required; however, all juniors will take the state-mandated ACT on March 10, 2020 at CMHS. 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.

2019-2020 National ACT Test Dates

Test Date                                     Registration Deadline                         Late Fee Required

September 14, 2019                         August 16, 2019                                     August 17-30, 2019

October 26, 2019                             September 20, 2019                              Sept 21-Oct 4, 2019

December 14, 2019                          November 8, 2019                                 Nov 9-22, 2019

February 8, 2020                             January 10, 2020                                   January 11-17, 2020

April 4, 2020                                    February 28, 2020                                 Feb 29-Mar 13, 2020

June 13, 2020                                  May 8, 2020                                          May 9-22, 2020

July 18, 2020                                   June 19, 2020                                        June 20-26, 2020

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