Other Assessments

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

    The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses and exams. By succeeding in AP courses and exams, students can earn college credit and demonstrate their readiness for higher education.

    Benefits of taking AP courses

    • College credit and placement: Many colleges and universities offer credit or advanced placement for high scores on AP exams.
    • Strengthening college applications: Success in AP courses demonstrates a student's ability to tackle college-level work.
    • Broadening academic horizons: AP courses allow students to explore subjects in depth and at an accelerated pace.

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    Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT)

    The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for eligible 11th-grade students. It provides students with a preview of the SAT, allowing them to assess their strengths and areas for improvement.


    • Scholarship opportunities: High-performing students may be eligible for National Merit Scholarships and other awards.
    • Personalized feedback: Detailed score reports help students understand their performance and identify areas for growth.

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    Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

    The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. It assesses a student's readiness for higher education and is accepted by most colleges and universities.

    Key Components

    • Reading: Measures reading comprehension skills through passages and sentence completions.
    • Writing & Language: Evaluates grammar, punctuation, and editing skills.
    • Math: Assesses mathematical proficiency, including algebra, geometry, and advanced math.
    • Optional Essay: Demonstrates a student's ability to analyze a provided text.

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    American College Testing (ACT)

    The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions, often in conjunction with the SAT. It evaluates English, math, reading, and science reasoning skills, providing colleges with a standardized data point.

    Key Components

    • English: Assesses grammar, punctuation, and usage skills.
    • Math: Measures mathematical skills and concepts.
    • Reading: Evaluates comprehension skills through reading passages.
    • Science: Tests interpretation, analysis, and problem-solving in natural sciences.
    • Optional Writing (Essay): Demonstrates a student's ability to analyze and evaluate complex issues.

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    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    The NAEP is the only national assessment that provides a snapshot of student performance in various subjects across the United States. It assesses a representative sample of students, providing valuable data for educational policy and program decisions.

    Importance of NAEP data

    NAEP results provide essential information about the academic achievement and progress of U.S. students, allowing for comparisons between states and providing insight into educational trends.

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    WIDA ACCESS is an English language proficiency assessment designed for English Language Learners (ELLs). It measures listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, helping educators tailor instruction to the unique needs of ELL students.

    Key Components

    • Listening: Evaluates comprehension of spoken English.
    • Speaking: Assesses the ability to communicate effectively in English.
    • Reading: Measures comprehension of written English.
    • Writing: Evaluates written expression in English.

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