The scores received on national and state standardized tests can be an important tool for students, parents, and counselors to use. They can add an important part to a student's school record in attempting to predict future performance in college. Scores on these tests assist students in evaluating their academic abilities compared with those of other students entering colleges they are considering. They help students in estimating where they would stand academically among others entering a certain college and whether they are making realistic college choices. A realistic evaluation of test scores by students and their parents/guardians can help in making good choices for a college. In some cases, it may lessen the disappointment of rejection from a certain college.
Ohio's State Tests measure student progress toward Ohio's Learning STandards. They help us make sure every Ohio student receives a high-quality education. Test results show that students have the knowledge and skills they need to move successfully to their next steps in education or a career. Classes of 2018 and beyond will take English language Arts 1 and II, algebra I, geometry, biology, American history, and American government. Student can earn 1 to 5 points on each test, and must earn a total of 18 points in order to graduate.
Now as never before, the long-term economic viability of the United States depends on the creation of a culture in which parents, educators, and policymakers are united and committed to developing students prepared to seize 21st century opportunities. To meet this challenge, ACT developed ACT Aspire—the first digital, longitudinal assessment system to fully connect student performance from elementary grades through high school. ACT Aspire provides educators and parents with the insights they need to help students get and stay on track by better connecting assessment to teaching and learning. ACT Aspire includes summative assessments that measure how much students have learned over time, as well as aligned classroom-based assessments that help educators better understand students' learning needs in individual classes throughout the school year. The aligned assessments inform teachers about students' progress toward specific learning standards, so they can better tailor their instruction and resources to help students learn. ACT research shows the direct link between early assessment and intervention and the improved likelihood of students succeeding in school and reaching their college and career goals. ACT Aspire will help educators identify foundational skill deficiencies earlier, which will provide the opportunity to quickly address weaknesses and build on strengths. ACT Aspire's mission is helping students stay on target to maximize their full potential. For more informaiton, visit ACT Aspire
Another way students can gain practice experience that may help them perform better on college entrance exams is by taking the PSAT test (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). The PSAT/NMSQT is given in the fall of each year at Edgerton High School to college-bound juniors. Its purpose is threefold: to give experience in testing and testing procedures, to furnish an SAT prediction score, and to qualify for scholarship aid through the National Merit program. For juniors, the results of NMSQT portion of the PSAT test determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The PSAT/NMSQT test is in multiple choice format and consists of a critical reading section, a math section, and a writing skills section. The final test scores are expressed in a range of 20 to 80. The test takes approximately 2 1/4 hours to complete, and costs approximately $14.00. Registration is made available through the guidance office. For more information go to: College Board.
Nearly all four year colleges and universities require students to take either the ACT or SAT college entrance exam for admissions, placement, and scholarship purposes. The ACT consists of four sub-tests: english, mathematics, science reasoning, and reading. Students receive a score in each sub-test, as well as a composite score ranging from 1-36, which is the average of the four sub-tests. The writing test is optional, but is a requirement by select colleges. The ACT takes approximately 3 3/4 hours to complete. Students can find testing dates, locations, fees, fee waiver eligibility, and register for the ACT at: ACTstudent.org.
The SAT consists of a verbal section, a math section, and a reading section, and takes approximately 3 3/4 hours to complete. SAT scores are expressed in a range of 200 to 800. Students can find testing dates, locations, fees, fee waiver eligibility, and register for the SAT at SAT Collegeboard.