Tests Given at Stillwater Area High School

ACT (American College Testing Program) is the test that most colleges request and the scores are part of their admission requirement. The ACT assessment covers four subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. It is recommended that students take the ACT in the spring of their junior year or early in their senior year. See, http:// www.actstudent.org/, for more information.

ACT Aspire is a college and career readiness assessment that students in 9th and 10th grade participate in.  This assessment is fully aligned with the ACT, which is the primary college entrance exam offered in Minnesota.  The ACT Aspire provides insight into student performance, as well as growth over time, in the subjects of English, reading, math, science, and writing relative to collegiate academic expectations.  Students' level of performance in these subject areas will offer a healthy picture of each individual's level of readiness for college academic rigor and will also assist teachers in charting a path for students to develop the knowledge and conceptual understanding required for their experiences beyond high school.

AP (Advanced Placement Test) are tests that are based upon college-level courses taught in the high school. These tests are given over a period of two weeks in May. It is strongly recommended that students take the AP exam given in May. Students must register for these tests by the end of March. Announcements for these tests will be made through the AP courses offered at the high school.

Students at SAHS have tested in the following AP areas: Language Arts (Literature and Language Composition), US History, American Government, World History, Psychology, Microeconomics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science, French, Spanish, Environmental Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Studio Art. Students taking AP exams will be charged a fee set by The College Board. Texts for classes will be provided, however, students may wish to purchase their own copies. Any questions regarding AP testing should be directed to building principal or to center staff.


MINNESOTA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT III (MCA III)
Students in grade 10 will complete the MCA III/GRAD in reading and students in grade 11 will take the MCA III/GRAD during the school year. MCA III/GRAD tests are designed to measure a wide range of student achievement and also compare assessment data between schools in Minnesota. Students that do not pass the GRAD component of the MCA-III tests in reading and math will have the opportunity to retake these exams. The testing calendar is available on the school website.


PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT I-Reasoning Test and SAT II Writing Test. It also gives you a chance to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. Students are encouraged to take the PSAT.

 

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is an admission requirement of many two and four-year colleges, especially those on the east and west coasts. The SAT covers three parts: verbal, mathematics, and a test of standard written English. Students who plan to attend college are encouraged to take the test at the end of their junior year or early in the senior year. The SAT is given five times a year at several test centers in the metropolitan area. See, www.collegeboard.org, for more information.

SAT II (Subject Test) is often a requirement of highly selective colleges that ask for two or more

College Board achievement tests as part of the admission process. These tests are one-hour multiple-choice tests that measure the student’s knowledge of a particular subject and his or her ability to apply that knowledge.