Below are the dates for standardized testing for the 2013-2014 school year. You are able to click on each test name, which is a link you can access to learn more about what the test measures, and how to best prepare for test day. I highly encourage you to explore the links, which are interactive sites that include sample test questions and career exploration tools.
- Wednesday October 16th: PSAT/NMSQT Test - optional for Juniors and requires a $14 fee
- Tuesday November 5th: EXPLORE Test - taken by all Freshman
- Tuesday November 5th: PLAN Test - taken by all Sophomores
- Tuesday November 5th: Practice ACT - taken by all Juniors
- Tuesday February 25th: ASVAB Test - optional for Sophomores through Seniors interested in military opportunities. This test is FREE.
- April 23rd and 24th: Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) - taken by all Juniors - this test is REQUIRED to graduate from high school
- The PSAE is a combination of two tests:
- On Day One of testing, students will take the ACT Plus Writing : English, Math, Reading, Science, plus an essay Writing test
- SPECIAL NOTE FOR ACT STATE TESTING - The Writing portion of the ACT WILL be offered during state testing. If a student should choose to take the ACT again on a National Test Date, students may choose to take either the ACT or the ACT Plus Writing. See the 'ACT - Writing Test' tab on this website for more details.
- On Day Two of testing, students will take the Work Keys test: Reading for Information, Mathematics, and ISBE-Developed Science. After these three tests, students will also take a Work Keys Locating Information test. This will allow students who earn qualifying scores the opportunity to be eligible for ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Several businesses in the Quincy area do review these certificates as a component of the hiring process. Scores for WorkKeys Locating Information assessment will not be used in any PSAE score calculations.
- May 7th and 8th: PSAE Make-up day
This website (click link above) from ACT describes what your scores mean in each subject area as pertaining to college readiness on the EXPLORE, PLAN, and ACT tests. Once on that website, you can view the standards for each subject on the left-hand side of the screen, or by clicking here.
- The score range on the EXPLORE test is from 1-25
- The score range on the PLAN test is from 1-32
- The score range on the ACT test is from 1-36
- Score Interpretation on Lumen: Standardized test scores for your student are now view-able through the Lumen portal. The assessment information included in the portal contains much of the same information that is included in the score reports that are sent home with your student after I have interpreted the test scores at school (i.e. subject-area scores and percentiles). However, Lumen also provides a percentage called the 'Achievement Indicator.' The Achievement Indicator is the percentage correct that your student achieved for the specified subject area.