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Taking the PSAT as a Junior: ONLY 11th graders can become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship. Students can improve scores and will receive information about an SAT Study Plan. Additionally they’ll learn about their AP Potential, which will be given to AP teachers in an effort to differentiate in the classroom. This PSAT is free for all sophomores.  The PSAT is scheduled for Wednesday October 11, 2017. Cost for Juniors is $15.00.

Many colleges and universities rely on standardized tests to determine how ready you are for college level work.  Scores from either the SAT or ACT are accepted as part of the admissions application by all four-year colleges and universities in Washington State. Nationally, some schools designate one or the other, but many accept either test. Some colleges specify the SAT for eligibility. The SAT or ACT is mandatory for eligibility for NCAA intercollegiate athletics.  Each test is administered several times during the year and may be taken more than once if desired.  Tests may also be taken prior to the senior year.  Registration materials are available in the counseling department and must be mailed well in advance of the test date.  Students need to register and pay for the SAT and ACT directly with the College Board & American Testing organizations.  A limited number of fee waivers are available for students’ demonstrated financial need. 

The COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses.  The COMPASS offers tests in reading, writing, math, writing essay, and English as a Second Language (ESL).  Your COMPASS score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register.  There is generally no “passing score.”  Rather, the COMASS scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help.  Thus, the COMPASS can identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt your educational progress, giving you the opportunity to prepare more effective for needed courses.  You and your institution can use scores from the COMPASS test to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant, and meaningful for you.  CLICK HERE for Videos, Practice Tests and Study Materials on COMPASS testing.

The ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading andwriting as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. ACCUPLACER isused to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area andto help you improve your skills through interactive online learning tools.The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academicbackground, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors andcounselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meetyour skill level.

The ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery) test is a broad-based test that measures student’s abilities in academic areas as well as those that are more vocationally oriented, i.e., electronics and electricity, clerical speed and skills, mechanical information, and spatial relations.  While the test is provided and administered by the military, student scores are for personal and school use only and not utilized by the armed services without the student’s consent.  This ASVAB is scheduled for December 7-8, 2017. The test is free, and all juniors are encouraged to participate.