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Common Standardized Tests

Iowa Assessments for Annual Yearly Progress

The Iowa Assessments are given each February to students in grades 9, 10, and 11.
State Assessments: Iowa uses the Iowa Assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 as our annual statewide assessment. The following Iowa Testing Programs subtests were originally used by districts for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and Annual Progress Report (APR) reporting:
  • Reading Comprehension for Reading
  • Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Mathematics
  • Analysis of Science Materials for Science


PSAT 2011 PSAT Given in Mid-October

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html
The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) is given each October. Sophomores planning to attend a 4-year college and Juniors interested in a chance to enter the Nation Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship program are encouraged to sign up to take this optional test.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures the critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills necessary for college level work. Test-takers will receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses as well as suggestions for improvement. The PSAT also allows the college-bound student to see how his/her performance might compare to other students going to college. Also, the PSAT provides exposure to the types of questions to expect on the ACT or SAT.
The top 50,000 test takers nationwide qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. See http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php for more information on the National Merit® Scholarship Program competition.

College Entrance Exams (ACT and SAT)

header_student.jpgAlthough the ACT is the most used college entrance exam locally, most colleges will accept either SAT OR ACT scores. Check with the admissions office of the college you are interested in to be sure. Some scholarships require BOTH ACT and SAT scores to be eligible to apply. Click HERE for test dates and registration deadlines
IMPORTANT NOTE: REGISTRATION DEADLINES ARE A MONTH--5 WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF EACH TESTING DATE. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES TO AVOID LATE REGISTRATION FEES

Click HERE to sign up online. Students with financial need should see Mrs. Peters, head counselor, to request a fee waiver prior to signing up.

The ACT assesses general educational development and ability to complete college-level work. It is strongly recommended that Juniors planning on attending a 4 year college take the April ACT.
The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
Special note: Students who plan on attending Scott Community College and would like to be eligible to apply for the Stone Opportunity Scholarship should take the ACT.
The SAT is a measure of the test-taker's critical thinking skills. These skills are necessary for academic success in college.


ACT PLAN
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ACT PLAN is given to sophomore students annually. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. Students can find more information about the Plan test at http://www.actstudent.org/plan

Community College Placement Exam--COMPASS

header_compass.jpgThe Computerized Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) is used by Eastern Iowa Community College District (Scott, Clinton and Muscatine Community Colleges) to facilitate appropriate math and English placement for incoming students. The COMPASS test can be taken in the West LMC. Prior arrangements must be made with Mr. Hatfield. It is recommended that students applying for scholarships take the ACT in place of the COMPASS. Many scholarship applications require an ACT score. Check with your counselor if you are not sure which test to take.

Get more information about the COMPASS test at http://www.eicc.edu/highschool/gettingin/applying/compass.html