Testing Information

ISTEP +/ECA Testing (Sophomores)

The State of Indiana mandates a graduation requirement known as the End-of-Course-Assessment (ECA) or ISTEP. Among the requirements students must fulfill to earn a diploma from Pendleton Heights High School is that they must pass both the Algebra I and English 10 ECAs. Students will also take the Biology I ECA but it is not required to graduate . ECA’s must be taken by students when they are enrolled in each of these classes- the exam is given at the end of course in May.  All students will be required to pass ISTEP+ that will be taken during their sophomore year.  This test will consist of two parts as in the past; English/Language Arts and Algebra.

PSAT/NMSQT (Sophmores/Juniors)

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is given to all current sophomores and juniors at PHHS. Fees for the test are covered for both 10th and 11th graders by the state. Students have the ability through their test scores to qualify for National Merit Scholarships during their junior year. Students and parents will receive a link to register for the PSAT. The PSAT will be given on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Scores are typically released to students in early December. Students are also provided with their test booklet to go over their answers as a preparation tool for the SAT. Please feel free to contact your student’s counselor if any further information is needed or visit www.collegeboard.org.   Visit the Khan Academy website for tutorial information to help prepare for the PSAT.  

SAT I/ SAT II (Juniors/Seniors)

PHHS CEEB Code is 152785

SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a standardized, timed aptitude test used widely by college admissions counselors in the admission process. It consists of math, critical reading and writing sections. It is offered eight times per year nationally. Students may use calculators on the math sections. Generally, we encourage juniors to take the SAT in the spring and seniors to take or retake the SAT in October or November. Students may take the test on any test date. If the test is taken more than once, many colleges and universities will consider the best scores from each section and not just from one testing session. Sophomores also may take the SAT but we would recommend they at least sit for the PSAT first before they take the SAT. In addition, PrepMe, an SAT prep program, is available on Naviance.

The SAT II – Achievement/Subject Tests are one-hour tests in specific subjects such as science, English, or foreign languages. Some schools require two or three tests for first-year placement. Colleges that require the SAT II are typically the more competitive ones. Please visit www.sat.collegeboard.org for more information.  Visit the Khan Academy website for tutorial information to help prepare for the SAT.  

ACT Junior/Senior Year

PHHS CEEB Code 152785

 The ACT (American College Testing) is a timed standardized test widely used by college admission counselors in the admission process. The test consists of 4 sections: math, reading, grammar and science reasoning with an optional 5th section of writing. We highly encourage our students to take an ACT and SAT before the start of their senior year. The ACT is as widely accepted for college admission as is the SAT. For more information, please visit www.actstudent.org

Advanced Placement Tests (AP)

Pendleton Heights High School offers 15 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses are college level courses and the curriculum is designed and monitored by The College Board. Students in these courses are expected to participate in the Advanced Placement Testing Program implemented in May of each year. Students in these courses have the opportunity, through the Advanced Placement test results, to earn college credit for coursework completed in high school. The academic rigor of these courses necessitates some prerequisites be met for enrollment as outlined in our course guide.

We believe that all college bound students should complete at least one Advanced Placement course prior to graduation from Pendleton Heights High School. Students enrolled in AP courses will receive instructions on how to register for their AP exam(s) and the costs involved with the test from their AP teacher. For more information please see the College Board’s website:

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