Counselors can help you prepare for future opportunities by providing information on these various tests:
- Pre-ACT testing (The Plan Test)
- American College Testing (ACT)
- Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SATI)
- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT II) Subject Tests
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
- World-class Instructional Design & Assessment (WiDA)
PRELIMINARY AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (PLAN)
Cost: Approximately Free
Description: The PLAN is designed to be administered in the tenth grade to provide students with an early indication of their progress in the skills measured by the ACT (American College Test).
This test contains academic tests in four curriculum areas:
Writing skills (Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills)
Mathematics (Pre-algebra, Elementary Algebra, and Geometry)
Reading (Prose, Fiction, Humanities, Social Sciences)
Science Reasoning (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science)
The PLAN and the ACT measure student development in the same curriculum areas. The major difference between the tests is the PLAN focuses on skills developed early in secondary education and the ACT focuses on skills that are developed later.
The PLAN Test is not sent to colleges or Universities. It is for the student's own academic self-evaluation and preparation for the ACT.
Date: February, April, June, September, October, December
Cost: Approximately ACT (no writing) $39.50 ACT Plus Writing $56.50 (approximately)
Description: This test is required for admission to most Utah colleges and universities. The ACT assists 11th and 12th grade students in the transition from high school to post-secondary education by providing information that can be used for admission, scholarships, course placement, advising and planning. The ACT may be taken multiple times. The highest composite score will be accepted by any college, regardless of date sequence.
Students will receive twelve scores on the ACT Assessment - four test scores, seven sub-scores and a composite score in the following areas:
English (Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills)
Mathematics (Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra/Coordinate Geometry, and Plane Geometry/Trigonometry)
Reading (Social Studies/Sciences; Arts/Literature)
Science Reasoning (Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry and Physics)
ACT Prep classes are offered throughout the year at a cost $60.00 for the six week course. Schedules and additional information can be obtained through your counselor.
Date: Mid October
Cost: Approximately $17.00
Description: This test should be taken by college-bound juniors and sophomores.
As a junior it serves as the qualifying test for scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Identifies academically talented students giving them opportunities for National recognition and possible scholarship. Students are able gage their skills objectively and understand how to build upon their strengths and address weaknesses. This test is made up of three sections:
Critical Reading-Verbal (Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Analogies and Reading Comprehension)
Mathematics --(Mathematic Reasoning, Algebra and Geometry)
Date: October, November, December, January, March, May, June
Cost: $54.50 (Approximately)
Description: This aptitude test is required for admission to most colleges in the East and/or by many colleges on the West Coast. The test is a three hour, multiple-choice examination that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities related to successful performance in college.
The SAT I Test is made up of the following:
Two thirty minute verbal sections that tests verbal vocabulary, verbal reasoning and reading comprehension.
Two thirty minute mathematical sections that tests one’s ability to solve problems involving basic Math, Algebra and Geometry.
One thirty minute Test of Standard Written English (TSWE) score helps the college you attend choose an English course appropriate to your abilities.
Date: October, November, December, January, May, June
Cost: Approximately $30 to $90.00 for one Subject Test
Description: Subject Tests are designed to measure knowledge, and the ability to apply that knowledge in specific subject areas.
SAT II Subject Tests demonstrate to colleges a student’s mastery in specific subjects like English, History, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Foreign Language.
Date: Two weeks in May
Cost: Approximately $91.00. (Fee reductions are available for those who qualify. See your AP Examination coordinator.) $20.00 AP Test ordering deposit due by March 20, 2015 (non-refundable)
Description: Three hour exams with multiple-choice questions and free response questions which requires essay writing, problem solving and other academic skills. Up to 8 semester hours of college credit may be given with a score of 3 or above on the AP exam.
Advanced Placement Examinations are given at the end of the academic year after completion of course work.
Grade: New College Freshman
Date: Call college of choice for information.
Cost: Approximately $80.00 per subject, plus institution fee.
Description: CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the nation. Depending on the college's CLEP policy, a student can receive college credit through successful scores on their CLEP Test.
Two Types of CLEP Exams:
General Examinations measure knowledge of the material usually covered in the first two years of college that are used to meet general educational requirements.
Subject Examinations measure knowledge usually acquired in specific college courses. These include introductory courses in business, composition and literature, economics, foreign language, history, mathematics and science.
Cost: No Charge
Description: The ASVAB is a vocational aptitude battery consisting of ten short tests in the following areas:
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The results of the ten individual tests are combined to give three Academic and four Occupational composite scores. (Academic Composites: Verbal, Math, and Academic Ability; Occupational Composites: Mechanical and Crafts, Business and Clerical, Electronics, Electrical and Health, and Social and Technology.)
WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN & ASSESSMENT (WIDA)
WIDA is a series of English language proficiency assessments for Kindergarten through Grade 12. It can be used by educators as an identification/placement assessment for newly enrolled ELLs or as an interim progress monitoring assessment.
Test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA's five English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards:
- Social & Instructional Language
- Language of Language Arts
- Language of Mathematics
- Language of Science
- Language of Social Studies
Test forms are divided into five grade level clusters:
- Grades 1–2
- Grades 3–5
- Grades 6–8
- Grades 9–12
Each form of the test assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. It is an adaptive test allowing flexible placement within sections of the test based on student performance.
Purpose and Use
As a flexible, on-demand language proficiency assessment, this test can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher, or student. WIDA can be used for these purposes:
- To identify students who may be candidates for English as a Second Language (ESL)/bilingual services;
- To determine the academic English language proficiency level of students new to a school or to the U.S. school system;
- To place students into the necessary amount and type of instructional services and support; and
- To serve as an interim assessment during the school year, providing information that informs instructional planning and other decisions related to students' education.
In WIDA Consortium member states, the WIDA MODEL may serve two additional purposes:
- To determine tier placement on ACCESS for ELLs, the annual language proficiency assessment used for accountability purposes.
- To guide instructional and curricular decisions while waiting for ACCESS for ELLs score reports.