Entrance Exams and Testing

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ACT Aspire™ 9/10 (grade 9 and 10)

  • ACT Aspire Early High School is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in the areas of: English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing.    
  • ACT Aspire Early High School is an online assessment. Only a small number of students who require testing in a specialized format such as Braille or large print materials, or those students who require American Sign Language translation will be tested with a paper and pencil test.

  • ACT Aspire Early High School scores predicts how a student will perform on both The ACT and ACT WorkKeys when they reach 11th grade. Students who need academic interventions or challenges can be identified earlier in their high school careers.


ACT® Plus Writing (grade 11)

  • The ACT tests include: Reading, Math, English, Science, Writing. The ACT Plus Writing is a paper and pencil test.
  • The ACT Plus Writing helps students understand what they need to learn next so they can build rigorous high school course plans and identify career areas that align with their interests.
  • Wisconsin high schools will be certified as ACT® state testing sites. Scores from the administration of The ACT Plus Writing (if taken with ACT Standard Time or ACT-approved accommodations) can be used by students for a variety of purposes including college admission, scholarships, course placement, and NCAA eligibility. 

ACT WorkKeys® (grade 11)

  • The ACT WorkKeys tests included in the state administration are: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information.
  • The ACT WorkKeys system is a paper and pencil assessment used to help students understand how they can improve their career readiness skills and helps employers determine whether individuals are qualified for positions.
  • Students can earn National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) which are recognized by business and industry nationwide. Through obtaining a National Career Readiness Certificate, students have a clear way to demonstrate their abilities to future employers.


ASVAB (grade 11 or 12)

  • The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

PSAT (grade 11)

  • The PSAT/NMSQT is a great way to preview and practice for the SAT. They test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level. The National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) requires the PSAT to qualify. Also, the PSAT can help predict what AP courses a student may be successful in based on their PSAT scores.

SAT (grade 11 or 12)

  • The new SAT (March 2016) will have 4 parts: Reading, Writing and Language, Math and the optional SAT Essay. Scores will range from 400-1600. The test will be 3 hours and 50 minutes with the SAT Essay (3 hours without it). Each question will have 4 answer choices. Students who are economically disadvantaged can apply for 4 college application fee waivers for every students who uses an SAT fee waiver.
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