ACT/SAT Information | Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (2023)

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ACT Information

For the TOPS Scholarship:

The ACT is required for students to meet the initial eligibility requirements for the Taylor Opportunity Programs for Students (TOPS). Students may substitute an SAT test to meet this requirement. TOPS does not use the Essay portion of either test as a qualifier for the TOPS Scholarship. TOPS requires a composite score, and does not accept ACT Superscores.

Students must achieve the minimum score for one of the four award levels of the TOPS Scholarship*.

  • TOPS Opportunity Award – Never less than a 20, prior year Louisiana state average (currently, a 20)
  • TOPS Performance Award – 23
  • TOPS Honors Award – 27
  • TOPS Tech – Minimum score of a 17 or ACT Silver Workkeys.

*Students who are registered as a home study student with the Louisiana Department of Education, out of state high school graduates and out of country high school graduates who meet the other TOPS Initial Eligibility Requirements must have meet the ACT requirements for TOPS Alternate Eligibility.

The April National Test Day is the last opportunity for students to receive a qualifying score without a penalty for the TOPS Scholarship. Students who use a qualifying score for the June or July test will receive a one semester reduction of their TOPS Award.

The ACT is administered on National Test Days throughout the United States. Click here to see the test dates and registration deadlines.

  • ACT Registration: LOSFA’s ACT code is 1595

    How to Register for an ACT Test:

    You will need about 30 minutes and the following:

    1. Computer with Internet Access
    2. Credit Card or Other Payment Method
    3. High School Course Details
    4. Headshot Photo

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR REGISTRATION

    • You must submit a photo

    To complete your registration, you must provide a recent photo of yourself for identification and test security purposes. This photo will print on your ticket and on the score report that is automatically sent to your high school. ACT will retain the photo for a period of time consistent with active use of test scores and test security purposes, and use as described in the ACT Privacy Policy.

    • Accommodations and English Learner (EL) Supports

    All requests for accommodations and EL supports, including appeals, must be submitted by the published late registration deadline for your preferred test date through the Test Accessibility and Accommodations (TAA) system. Temporary arrangements may be available for temporary conditions. Temporary arrangements are available for situations such as a broken arm. Contact ACTAccom@act.org for a request form.

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    Students must request accommodations for each ACT test by the published late registration deadline.

When You Should Test

Consider choosing a test date at least two months ahead of the application deadlines of all the colleges and scholarship agencies to which you might want to apply.Scores for the ACT are normally reported within 2–8 weeks after the test date. If you take the ACT with writing,

scores will be reported only after all of your scores are available, including writing, normally within 5–8 weeks after the test date.

Click here to search for an ACT Test Center near you.

Click here to look up your high school code.

If you are registering for the writing portion, click here to learn more about the writing portion of the ACT test.

Make Sure Your Registration Is Complete

The confirmation page will appear after you have entered your payment information.

This page will list your confirmation number, admission ticket, and instructions for test

day. Print this page for your records.

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After you have successfully registered, you should see options similar to the example shown below. You can print your admissions ticket at any time prior to the test date by clicking Print Admission Ticket.

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The ACT Waiver Program

The ACT Waiver Program covers the registration fee for up to four ACT tests, with or without the optional writing test for National testing.

In addition to the registration fee, students who are eligible for the waiver also receive free learning resources and free additional score reports. Students who test with an ACT fee waiver may also request a Waiver or Deferral of College Admission Applications Fee. To have a college application fee waived, you must submit your fee waiver directly to the college you are applying to (not to ACT).

  • Am I Eligible for a Waiver?

    To apply for theACT fee waiver program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
    • Be testing in the United States, US territories, or Puerto Rico.
    • Meet one or more of the indicators of economic need listed below:
      • Enrolled in a federal free or reduced-price lunch program at school, based on US Department of Agriculture (USDA) income levels.
      • Enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (for example, a federally funded program such as GEAR UP or Upward Bound).Note: If the student participates in a program, but is not economically disadvantaged, they are not eligible for a fee waiver.
      • Resides in a foster home, is a ward of the state, or is homeless.
      • Family receives low-income public assistance or lives in federally subsidized public housing.
      • Family’s total annual income is at or below USDA levels for free or reduced-price lunches on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.
  • How to Apply for the ACT Fee Waiver?
    1. Check with your school counselor to see if you are eligible to apply.
    2. Once your school counselor determines if you are eligible, you can receive up to four fee waivers to take the ACT test for free and you will receive free learning resources.
    3. When you register for the ACT online or by mail, use your ACT fee waiver code.
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ACT Test Day

  • Bring This, Not That

    Bring:

    Admission Ticket
    Print a copy of your admission ticket to bring to the test center. If you forget your ticket on test day, your scores may be delayed.

    If you have lost your ticket, you can print another through yourMyACT account.

    Acceptable Photo identification
    Acceptable photo identification is required to be admitted to the test center. You will not be admitted to test if your ID does not meet ACT requirements.

    Mask
    Unless required by your local laws at the test center, masks are not required for admission. However, you may wish to bring a mask and ACT recommends masks in accordance with CDC guidance.

    Number 2 pencil
    Bring sharpened, No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens). Do not bring any other writing instruments; you will not be allowed to use them.

    Watchor Other Timing Device
    You may bring a watch, timer, or stopwatch to pace yourself during testing, but it may not have an alarm. Your watch or other timing device must be removed and placed on your desk while in the test room, so that it remains visible to staff during the test. If an alarm sounds, you’ll be dismissed and your test will not be scored.

    Calculator
    Bring apermitted calculatorto be used on the mathematics test only.You are not required to use a calculator at all, but if you do, it
    is your responsibility to know whether your calculator is permitted.

    Snacks
    to eat outside the test center on break.

    Don’t bring any of these; you can’t access them:

    • Textbooks, foreign language or other dictionaries, scratch paper, notes, or other aids
    • Highlighter pens, colored pens or pencils, or correction fluid/tape
    • Any electronic device, other than a permitted calculator and acceptable watch or timing device
    • Reading material
    • Tobacco in any form
    Prohibited devices

    The prohibited use of devices is in effect from the time you are admitted to your testing room until you are dismissed at the end of the test, including break times. Specifically:

    • You may not handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time in the testing room or during break times. This includes smart watches, fitness bands, and any other devices with recording, Wi-Fi, internet, or communication capabilities.
    • All devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of sight.
    • If you access your device or it activates or alarms in the testing room or during break times, you will be dismissed, your test will not be scored, and your phone or device may be taken away.

Requesting Accommodations and English Learner (EL) Supports

To request accommodations, you must work with a school official because the accommodations requested should be based on the accommodations the student currently receives in school. AccommodationsMUSTbe approved by ACT prior to the testing. Simply requesting an accommodation is not sufficient.

All requests, including appeals, must be submitted by the late registration deadline for the preferred test date. If the request is not properly submitted, it may not be approved in time for the preferred test date. Clickherefor more information.

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  • How to Make a Request: Examinees Who Are In School
    1. Register to test by logging intoMyACTto complete the following:
      1. Link a valid high school to your MyACT account before you registerto allow ACT to communicate your registration to the associated school official in TAA.
      2. Select ‘Yes’ when prompted to confirm you need accommodationsafter beginning the registration process. If you selected ‘no,’ you will need to contact ACT as soon as possible to update your registration if you need to test with accommodations.
    2. Work with your school official to submit your request. After you register for the ACT, you will receive an email that youmustforward to your school official. You will also need to provide a completedConsent to Release Information to ACTform. Your school official must submit your accommodations request to ACT before thelate registration deadlinefor your test. Once submitted, requests can take 5-10 business days to process.
    3. Review the decision notification with your school official.Your school official will receive a copy of the decision notification regarding your request for accommodations. If your request was denied, review your decision notification with your school official to decide if you want to appeal the decision. You have until the late registration deadline to submit an appeal.Note: Contact your school official if you have not received an update regarding the status of your accommodations request after 10 business days.
    4. Approved for special testing? Make arrangements to test!
      Once your request for accommodations has been approved, you are responsible for working with your school official to make arrangements to test within the special testing window. Students approved for special testing typically test at their own school. If your high school cannot administer the test, contact ACT as soon as possible.
    5. Print your admission ticket.
      Be sure to upload your photo (if you have not already done so) and review your admission ticket,to ensure your accommodations are reflected on your registration.If you are testing at a national test center,check your testing location. It may have changed to ensure your accommodations can be provided.
  • How to Make a Request: Examinees Who Are Homeschooled or Are Not Currently Enrolled
    1. Create or log in to an existing account and register to test.Online registration will ask you to indicate your accessibility needs.
    2. You will automatically receive an email that will provide a link to the application for your request. If you do not receive this message, you may email ACT for a copy.
    3. Complete all required documentation:
      1. CompletedExceptions Statement (PDF)
      2. Diagnostic documentationand/orEnglish language proficiency scores
      3. Documentation to substantiate your need for accommodation, such as:
        1. Prior IEP, 504 plan, or educational plan
        2. Recommendation for test accommodations and/or supports from diagnosing professional, including rationale for each requested item
        3. Brief personal statement regarding any previously provided accommodation and/or EL supports in an educational environment, and a rationale for the current request
    4. Return your completed paper request with all required documentationby the published late registration deadline to ACT via:
      • Email:actaccom@act.org
      • Fax: 319.341.2415
      • Mail: ACT Special Testing, 301 ACT Drive, PO Box 4028, Iowa City, IA 52243

Say “YES” to EOS!

  • 3 Big Reasons to Opt-in to Educational Opportunity Service (EOS)

    When registering for PreACT® or the ACT® test, you can choose to sign up for the ACT Educational Opportunity Service (EOS).

    1. Get Discovered by Colleges.Signing up for EOS connects students to colleges and scholarship agencies for recruitment. Over 95% of EOS participants in a recent graduating class had their names selected by at least one college. Signing up can help you find paths to education after high school.
    2. Find Financial Aid Programs.EOS isn’t just about connecting with colleges. Groups that oversee scholarships and other forms of financial aid use it to connect with students. Signing up can improve your ways to pay for college.
    3. Improve Your College Search. Signing up for EOS can help you find college opportunities all over the country. (Note: A typical senior that opts in to ACT’s EOS program receives communication from an average of 20 colleges and/or scholarship programs that identify them as a good match).

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SAT Information

For the TOPS Scholarship:

Students may use an equivalent SAT score to meet the TOPS ACT requirement. TOPS does not use the Essay portion of the test as a qualifier for the TOPS Scholarship.

Students must achieve the minimum score for one of the four award levels of the TOPS Scholarship*.

  • TOPS Opportunity Award – SAT Score of 1030
  • TOPS Performance Award – SAT Score of 1130
  • TOPS Honors Award – SAT Score of 1260
  • TOPS Tech – SAT Score of 920

*Students who are registered as a home study student with the Louisiana Department of Education, out of state high school graduates and out of country high school graduates who meet the other TOPS Initial Eligibility Requirements must have meet the requirements for TOPS Alternate Eligibility.

The March National Test Day is the last opportunity for students to receive a qualifying score without a penalty for the TOPS Scholarship. Students who use a qualifying score for the May or June test will receive a one semester reduction of their TOPS Award.

Click here for SAT national test dates and registration deadlines.

  • SAT Registration

    You will need about 30 minutes and the following:

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    1. Computer with Internet Access
    2. Credit Card or Other Payment Method
    3. Headshot Photo (Click here for SAT Photo Requirements)

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR REGISTRATION

    • You must submit a photo

    To complete your registration, you must provide a recent photo of yourself for identification and test security purposes. This photo will be compared to your ID on test day.

    • Accommodations
    • Students who have a documented disability may be eligible for testing accommodations when they take the SAT. Some available accommodations include extended time, extra and extended breaks, and reading and seeing accommodations.
    • Students who need accommodations for the SAT, need to get approval prior to registering. It can take up to seven weeks for accommodations to be approved so make sure you start the process as early as possible.
    • College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) offers additional information about eligibility and how students can apply for accommodations. Click here to learn how to register for the SAT test with accommodations.

When You Should Test

Students usually take the SAT for the first time in spring of their junior year then again in the fall of their senior year.

Click here to search for an SAT Test Center near you.

The SAT Waiver Program

The SAT Waiver Program covers the registration fee for two free SAT tests. If you qualify for the waiver, you do not have to pay anything to take the SAT!

In addition to the registration fee, students who are eligible for the waiver also receive free college benefits and other benefits.

  • Am I Eligible for a SAT Waiver?

    SAT fee waivers are available to low-income 11th- and 12th-grade students in the U.S. or U.S. territories. U.S. citizens living outside the country might also be eligible for fee waivers.

    You’re eligible if one or more of these descriptions apply to you:

    • You’re enrolled in or eligible to participate in the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
    • Your family’s annual income falls within theIncome Eligibility Guidelinesset by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.
    • You’re enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families, for example, TRIO programs like Upward Bound.
    • Your family receives public assistance.
    • You’re homeless or live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home.
    • You’re a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • How to Apply for the SAT Fee Waiver?
    1. Check with your school counselor to see if you are eligible to apply.
    2. Once your school counselor determines if you are eligible, you can receive up to two fee waivers to take the SAT test for free.
    3. When you register for the SAT online or by mail, use your SAT fee waiver code.

    * If you’re homeschooled, you can get fee waivers by contacting a local high school counselor. You’ll need to provide proof of eligibility, such as tax records or proof of enrollment in an aid program.

SAT Test Day

  • What to bring on test day
    1. Face covering
    2. Your up-to-date admission ticket. (You need to print this out.)
    3. Acceptable photo ID
    4. Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
    5. An approved calculator
    6. Epinephrine auto-injectors (likeEpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under the student’s desk during testing. For policies on other medications and medical devices, contact Services for Students with Disabilities.

    The following items are Nice to have on test Day, but not required:

    • A watch (without an audible alarm)
    • Extra batteries and backup equipment—you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. Theycan’tbe on your desk during the test.
    • A bag or backpack
    • A drink or snacks (for your break)
  • What not to bring on test day

    The following on prohibited items on SAT Test Day:

    • Mobile phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, or other wearable technology (simple digital non-smartwatches or analog watches are acceptable)
    • Audio players or recorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, Bluetooth devices (such as wireless earbuds/headphones), or any other personal computing devices
    • Separate timers of any type
    • Cameras or any other photographic equipment
    • Pens, highlighters, or mechanical or colored pencils
    • Books or references of any kind except as approved as an English language learner support for in-school administrations
    • Compasses, rulers, protractors, or cutting devices
    • Papers of any kind, including scratch paper
    • Earplugs
    • Unacceptable calculators that have computer-style (QWERTY) keyboards, use paper tape, make noise, or use a power cord
    • Weapons or firearms

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