Depending on your postsecondary outcome, there are a variety of tests you may need to take at some point during your high school career. How do you know which test you should take? Many students will take more than one during their high school career, whether because it is state required or because they need it for their postsecondary outcome. Remember, your School Counselor is available to talk with you about which test best fits you!
Accuplacer - placement test assessing English, math, and writing that may be required for most 2-year colleges.
ACT & SAT - required for entrance to most 4-year colleges. What are the differences between the two?
3 hours, 25 minutes
(optional 30-minute writing Test)
(optional 50-minute Essay)
Evidence Based Reading & Writing
Composite score 1-36 based on
average of 4 sections:
English, math, reading, science
Area score 400 - 1600 based on total of 2 scores 200- 800
(Reading & Writing ; Math)
Cross Test Scores 10 - 40
7 Subscores 1 - 15 scale
No penalties for incorrect answers
No penalty for incorrect answers
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) - timed multi-aptitude test, Your scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge (see below) -- count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.
Ready to Work (R2W) Career Readiness - assesses career readiness and skills necessary in the workforce
Advanced Placement (AP) - AP tests are provided to students who take specific AP courses throughout the year. Students can earn potential college credit depending on their score on the AP test.