Other Tests

Tuesday Oct 28, 14

PLAN  Pre-ACT, measures your level of college readiness, includes survey to identify your career interests. It gives you an estimate of how you might do when you take the ACT. It provides feedback regarding what to work on and how to prepare for the ACT. You will receive links to career and college planning resources with your results. Counselors will help you interpret your results and use them in preparation for registration for your junior and senior coursework.  http://www.act.org/planstudent/

PSAT/NMSQT Pre-SAT, gives you an estimate of how you might do when you take the SAT. It provides feedback regarding what to work on and how to prepare for the SAT. You will receive links to career and college planning resources with your results, gateway exam for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The PSAT is the only way to enter the National Merit Scholarship program. Students generally need to score in the top 1-2 % nationwide to become semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.                          https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt

ASVAB Career planning test that not only measures traditional academic skills in verbal, math, and science, but also measures career aptitudes in electronics information, auto & shop information, mechanical comprehension, assembling objects. Helps students identify career strengths & interests. It can be used as a GRAD test for the Class of 2015. The full ASVAB is also used by the military as a qualifying exam for entrance into various branches and career paths in the military.  http://official-asvab.com/applicants.htm

Accuplacer The Accuplacer is a placement test used by 2 year Community/Technical/Vocational colleges to determine if a student is ready to handle college level coursework, or whether a student will need to take developmental/remedial coursework in college before they can enroll in college level classes.  https://www.accuplacer.org/cat/

SATThe SAT (or ACT) is required for admission to four year colleges and universities. The SAT is preferred at many Ivy League colleges and some colleges on the East and West coasts or outside of the mid-West. Students planning to take the SAT will need to travel to a national testing center to test. http://sat.collegeboard.org/register

SAT SUBJECT TESTS  Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. Some colleges require or recommend that you take SAT Subject Tests. You'll want to take the tests that are required or recommended by the colleges that you're interested in. Also consider subjects that you excel in or may want to major in, to showcase your strengths and interests. You may potentially place out of introductory courses.                                   http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests

ACT The ACT (or SAT) is required for admission to four year colleges and universities. The ACT is the preferred admissions test in the mid-West, but colleges will accept either one-- ACT or SAT. ACT scores can also be used for placement purposes at two year colleges or technical colleges. ALL MN juniors will now be taking the ACT + Writing at their high school as part of Minnesota's Statewide College and Career Readiness testing program.     www.actstudent.org             

ACT Compass Students in the Classes of 2016-2018 who don't show sufficient growth between their 8th grade MCA/EXPLORE tests and their 10th grade MCA/PLAN tests will be identified by the State to take the Compass exam which will determine what kinds of skills they need to work on before they can take the ACT in April of their junior year. More information to come, as this is a new requirement this year.