While in high school, students will take a variety of tests. Some of these are used at the local school level, some pertain to the college entrance requirements, and others are mandated by the State. Those tests include:
TESTING (EXPLANATION OF ASSESSMENTS)
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
The ASVAB measures academic and vocational aptitude and is administered to juniors.
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
This test offers students an opportunity to practice taking the SAT. Scores are used to predict SAT results and are used by the National Merit Corporation to identify scholarship candidates. The test is developed for eleventh (11th) grade students, but available to tenth graders taking Geometry. Pre-registration is required.
ACT (American College Test)/SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
This test is a college success indicator, norm referenced test given throughout the school year. The test covers English, math, science, and reading in curriculum areas. The test date will be in March. It is required for all 11th graders.
To prepare for the ACT, North Carolina 10th graders will be administered the PLAN test each December. PLAN is a diagnostic assessment that indicates strengths and area of need to provide a roadmap to success for North Carolina high school students. PLAN offers a mid-point assessment of academic progress toward college career readiness and is the most powerful predictor of performance on the ACT. It can be used for course placement, including dual enrollment and more rigorous courses. PLAN also includes a career interest inventory and a educational/career plan component.
Students who complete the four-course Career and Technical Education sequence are administered the WorkKeys examination in the 12th grade. WorkKeys provide a gauge of career readiness and is widely recognized as an industry credential. WorkKeys assessments measure ”real world” skills critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation – skilled or professional – at any level of education, and in any industry.
NC FINAL EXAMS
The Measures of Student Learning are common exams in selected subjects and grades that area not part of the NC State Testing Program. Growth in some subjects and grades, such as performing arts, will be measured through analyses of student work. The goal is to capture students’ knowledge and skills in an authentic way.
This test measures the achievement of students taking vocational courses.
This test will be administered to measure student achievement in reading and writing. It will be used as admission to the Community College system.
This test will be administered to measure student achievement in mathematics. It will be used as admission to the Community College system.
Math I, Biology, English II
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