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Our school and district offer a wide variety of standardized tests, many of which are organized and administered through the Corona del Sol Guidance Department. Tests range from the CogAT, which is used for freshman Honors placement as well as gifted identification, to the SAT and ACT, the traditional senior-level college entrance exams. Mandatory Stanford 10 testing takes place during freshman year, while the AIMS test, required for graduation, is administered to sophomores on up until the student meets all required state standards. Optional PSAT/NMSQT, Accuplacer, and AP exams are also available to students for assessment, scholarship qualification, dual enrollment, and college credit purposes. If you know of a test but do not see it listed below, Corona may not offer it on our campus. You may still speak with your guidance counselor to seek further information.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
Required: Only for 9th Honors or Gifted placement
When: Fall of 8th grade, by appointment
Retakes: None
Purpose: Honors placement & gifted identification
Contents: Verbal, Math, & Abstract
Registration: TUHSD Honors-Gifted Test Application
Fee: None
Scoring: Percentile
Preparation: None
Contact: TUHSD Testing Services
 
 
AIMS HS
Required:  Yes, by Arizona Dept of Eduction
When:  Spring of 10th grade
Retakes:  Fall & spring of grades 11-12 until passed
Purpose:  Graduation requirement
Contents:  Writing, Reading, Math
(Science is a field test; not required for graduation)
Registration:  None
Fee:  None
Scoring:  Varied scales for each subtest
Preparation:  AIMS Sample Tests
Contact:  Ms. Pam Kane


Accuplacer
Required:  Only for several Rio Salado dual courses
When:  Prior to some dual enrollment courses
Retakes:  One is allowed
Purpose:  Possible dual enrollment class prerequisite
Contents:  English or Math (brief online tests)
Registration:  Arranged by Corona faculty
Fee:  None
Scoring:  Varies
Preparation:  Accuplacer Information
Contact: Mr. Art Garbosky, English
Mr. Don Guess, Math


ACT
Required: Either ACT or SAT needed for university admission
When:  11th & 12th grade (Saturday mornings)
Scheduled Dates
Retakes:  If desired
Purpose:  University admissions
Contents:  English, Mathematics, Reading, & Science (Writing is optional)
Registration:  Online at act.org
Fee:  $34.00 (+$15.00 for writing)
Scoring:  Composite score of 1-36  Explain
Preparation:  Available at act.org
Contact:  Ms. Dawn Milovich


ASSET Test (NOT at Corona)
Required:  Needed for community college admissions
When:  Spring of 12th grade at community college
Retakes:  One is allowed
Purpose:  Community college course placement
Contents:  English, Math, & Reading
Registration:  Contact maricopa.edu
Fee:  None
Scoring:  Varies
Preparation:  None
Contact:  maricopa.edu
Stanford 10
Required:  Yes, by Arizona Dept of Education
When:  Spring of 9th grade
Retakes:  None
Purpose:  Standard measure of student achievement
Contents:  Reading, English, & Math
Registration:  None
Fee:  None
Scoring:  Percentile
Preparation:  None
Contact:  Ms. Dawn Milovich


PSAT/NMSQT
Required:  No
When:  10th-11th grade in October (Saturday morning)
Retakes:  If desired
Purpose:  Good SAT preparation; National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors only
Contents:  Reading, Writing Skills, & Math
Registration:  CdS bookstore (in September)
Fee:  $22.00
Scoring:  20-80 pts per test; 60-240 total
Preparation:  At collegeboard.com
Contact:  Mr. Dan Brugger


Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Required:  No
When:  First two weeks in May  AP Calendar
Retakes:  If desired
Purpose:  Advanced placement in college and/or college credit  University Credit Policies
Contents:  Subjects matching AP courses
Registration:  Register online and pay in bookstore in March
Fee:  $89.00 per exam
Scoring: score of 1—5; 3 is considered passing
Preparation:  On AP Website
Contact:  Mr. Dan Brugger


SAT I & SAT II Subject Tests
Required: Either ACT or SAT needed for university admission
When:  11th & 12th grade (Saturday mornings)
Scheduled Dates
Retakes:  If desired
Purpose:  University admissions
Contents:  SAT I includes Reading, Math, & Writing;
SAT II covers numerous specific subjects 
Registration:  At collegeboard.com
Fee:  $49.00 for SAT I (SAT II varies)
Scoring:  200-800 pts per subtest; 600-2400 total SAT I
Preparation:  SAT Prep and/or SAT Subject Tests Prep
Contact:  Ms. Angela Carter


CLEP Tests (NOT at Corona)
Required:  No
When:  By appointment at test center
Retakes:  Not within 6 months
Purpose:  College credit for prior knowledge  Subjects
Contents:  34 exams in various areas
Registration:  At collegeboard.com
Fee:  $77.00 per exam
Scoring:  Score of 20-80; passing score varies by subject
Preparation:  At collegeboard.com
Contact:  collegeboard.com