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Testing Information

Standardized Tests & College Entrance Exams

 

ASVAB Test
(Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB test is a career planning and exploration program that combines a multiple-aptitude test with an interest assessment and a wide range of career exploration tools.  Student's scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge-- count towards their Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether they are qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.

Where can I take this exam?

Students interested in the military can contact a local military recruiting office to arrange testing.

www.asvabprogram.com

www.military.com

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PSAT / NMSQT

(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

The PSAT is a standardized test that provides students with firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students the opportunity to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college/career planning resources. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.

Who takes this exam?

ALL 11th Grade Students

10th Graders can opt to take it

When and where is this exam? 

October of each school year

What is the fee for the exam and when is the deadline to register? 

The fee for Grade 10 students is set by CollegeBoard each year.  Grade 10 families will be given advance notice of the costs and an opportunity to register in September. There is no fee for the cost of the PSAT/NMSQT for Grade 11 students.  All 11th grade students will be registered to take the exam. 

 

SAT 
(Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges to make admissions decisions. The idea of the SAT is to provide colleges with one common assessment that can be used to compare all applicants. There are two SAT sections:  Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and an optional Essay. 

For SAT test dates, fees, and registration, students can visit   www.collegeboard.com.

*SAT fee waivers are available to those students who meet financial need.  Students can see Ms. Cristella to find out if they are eligible.

 

ACT 
(American College Testing)

The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. Most students take the test in their Junior and Senior years and it tests English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The Writing test, which is optional, measures skills in planning as well as writing a short essay. The ACT test is widely used by colleges and universities to make their admissions decisions. Students can register for this test at www.actstudent.org.

*ACT fee waivers are available to those students who meet financial need.  Students can see Ms. Cristella to find out if they are eligible.