College Entrance Exams

  • ASVAB
     
    The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is an interest inventory test sponsored by the U.S. Military. The test helps students match their interest and abilities with careers in the military and civilian worlds.

    The ASVAB is available for juniors and seniors at no cost. The ASVAB is typically offered at high schools, so check with your school counselor or career center for availability.

    More about the ASVAB: www.official-asvab.com
     
    COMPASS Test
     
    The COMPASS (Computer-adaptive Placement, Assessment, and Support System) is a comprehensive, computer-adaptive testing system that helps place students into appropriate courses and maximizes the information postsecondary schools need to ensure student success.

    The COMPASS test measures a student’s ability in mathematics, reading and writing.
     
    PLAN Test
     
    The PLAN (Preliminary Test of the American College Test) is "pre-ACT" test, the PLAN, is a powerful predictor of success on the ACT.

    Typically, PLAN is administered in the fall of the sophomore year. However, many juniors will want to take the PLAN as a practice for ACT.

    The PLAN is an assessment of achievement, interest, study skills and student information. It aids in career and educational planning and includes 4 sections: writing skills, math, reading and science reasoning.

    The PLAN is intended for sophomores in high school. PLAN is not used for college admissions.

    Contact your school counselor or career counselor to find out if the PLAN is available at your school or another local district high school. More information can be found on the ACT website at www.act.org/plan/
     
    ACT

    The ACT (American College Test) test measures knowledge and skills acquired during high school. It includes questions in English,
    math, reading and science reasoning.

    It’s recommended that you take the ACT in the spring of your junior year or fall of your senior year.

    The majority of colleges and universities across the United States accept the ACT as the college entrance exam. It is important to check with specific college/univerisity that you are planning to apply to regarding their recommendation on which college entrance exam to take.

    A document providing a comparison of ACT and SAT exams is located in the left hand side menu of this website.

    There are additional fees for late registration, standby testing, changing test centers or test dates, and for additional services and products. Additional information and testing dates for the current year are available online at www.act.org.
     
     

     


  • PSAT

    The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) measures a student’s ability to do college work. The PSAT is a short form of the Scholastic
    Aptitude Test (SAT) and measures verbal, mathematical and writing skills.

    It’s recommended that you take the PSAT as a junior or sophomore in high school. For students who are enrolled in honors courses, it is recommended to take the PSAT as a sophomore. The PSAT is the qualifying test for scholarship competition for juniors called the National Merit Scholarship.

    The PSAT is not used for college admissions. Check with your school counselor about upcoming test dates and the current cost of the
    PSAT. More information can also be found about PSATon the College Board website page at www.collegeboard.org.
     
    SAT

    The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a measure of critical thinking skills and assesses how well you analyze and solve problems. Each edition of the SAT includes critical reading, math, and a writing section.

    It is recommended that you take the SAT in the spring of your junior year or the fall of your senior year.

    Beginning spring 2012 the Idaho State Board is offering FREE SAT exams for all juniors enrolled in a public school in the state of Idaho. More information regarding the specific test date/time/location will be communicated by each high school.

    Some out of state colleges or universities may prefer the SAT over the ACT for admissions. Check with the individual schools you are interested in to find out their preference on college entrance exams.

    More information can be found on the SAT website at www.collegeboard.org.

    To prepare to take the SAT exam many students sign up for the PSAT their sophomore or junior year.

    SAT Subject Test

    This SAT exam is a subject test that measures knowledge and application of knowledge for specific subject areas. (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Literature, Mathematics, and U.S. History).

    It’s recommended that you take the SAT Subject Test in the spring of your junior or fall of your senior year. The SAT Subject Test is required for admissions at many colleges on the east and west coasts and all military academies.

    Additional information and testing dates are available online at www.collegeboard.org.
     
    Test Preparation

    For help with practicing for the ACT exam visit the website http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html.

    For SAT practice questions and suggestions to prepare for SAT exam visit the website http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice.

    Other resources for preparing for SAT or ACT exams can be found online, at your local bookstore or by contacting your local high school career center.