Student Assessment

End of Course Assessments
Beginning with the first-time ninth graders of 2011-2012, students will be required to take end-of-course assessments. Students will take these end-of-course exams in the classes in which they are enrolled as these tests are developed. Cullman County Schools will follow the assessment guidelines set by the Alabama State Department of Education.


College Admissions/Career Planning Tests

PLAN
The PLAN, administered by ACT, is a test to help 10th grade students initiate post-high school planning, prepare for college admissions tests and plan the remainder of their high school careers. Many scholarship organizations request these scores. PLAN is given at the local school.
More information on the PLAN test can be found here.

PSAT/NMSQT-Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The PSAT/NMSQT is a multiple choice test that measures verbal and reasoning abilities important to doing college-level work. The test is usually taken in the 11th grade and provides an opportunity to practice for the Scholastic Aptitude Test while simultaneously competing for prestigious scholarship recognition programs that use PSAT/NMSQT results. A fee is charged for taking this test and it is given at the local school.
More information on the PSAT can be found here.

ASVAB-Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
The ASVAB is an aptitude test administered to students by the military and is paid for by the government. This test is used as a vocational tool to assist students in seeking related job skills or postgraduate studies. ASVAB is given at the local school.
More information about the ASVAB can be found here.

SAT-Scholastic Aptitude Test
The Scholastic Aptitude Test measures certain abilities, verbal and mathematical, that are related to the ability to do academic work in college. Scholastic Aptitude Test scores are used by some schools and universities as an admissions criterion. High scores on this test can assist a student in attaining a college scholarship. It is given on a Saturday and the student chooses a test center site. A fee is charged for taking this test.
More information about the SAT can be found here.

ACT-American College Test
The ACT is the college admission test required by most colleges in the southeast. The ACT Assessment Program is a comprehensive, evaluative, guidance and placement service for students involved in the transition from high school to college. A student may take this test beginning in the tenth grade and it may be taken more than once. High scores on this test can assist a student in attaining a college scholarship. It is given on a Saturday and the student chooses a test center site. A fee is charged for taking this test.
More information about the ACT can be found here.

WorkKeys
Part of the Alabama College and Career Ready Assessment System, the WorKKeys assessment measures "real-world" skills that employers value in any occupation. This assessment is administered to 12th graders and assists them in discovering the skill levels required for certain occupations. WorKKeys is given at the local school.
More information about WorkKeys can be found here.



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