ACT (American College Test)
The ACT is required for admission to many colleges and institutions including all state supported universities and some public community colleges in Illinois. Illinois high school students who want to compete for Illinois State Scholar Awards must take this test in their junior year. The ACT assessment format is comprised of four tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. It will provide four test scores and a composite score plus two sub-scores in English and Reading and three sub-scores in Mathematics. For additional information, visit the guidance office.
Quick Links: ACT Website · ACT Registration · ACT Procedure · ACT F.A.Q.
ACT – Test Prep Course
An ACT Test Preparation Course will be held on three consecutive Saturdays before the National test dates. Students may request information in the Guidance Office.
Advanced Placement Test
These tests are given in several subject areas. In previous years tests in Advanced Placement English, Calculus, Advanced Chemistry, Honors Programming, and others have been given. Students who score well may be able to obtain college credit and/or proficiency out of certain courses. Check the EHS web site for more information as the year progresses.
Quick Links: AP Prep · AP F.A.Q. · AP Exam Information
Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery
This test is used by the military to help determine your abilities in both academic and vocational areas and must be taken if you wish to enter the armed services. Students who want to take this test must sign up in the guidance office. Watch the EHS announcements for sign up dates.
Quick Links: ASVAB Sample Test · ASVAB Guidebook · ASVAB Resources
Edwardsville High School is pleased to offer American College Testing Program’s PLAN Test to all sophomores at no charge. PLAN is the tenth grade test that gives students a forecast of how they might perform on the ACT Assessment, which is taken in the junior year and is taken for college admission purposes. This test is given in the fall.
PLAN consists of four academic tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning. In addition to gauging academic achievement, PLAN provides information for educational and career planning. A more detailed description can be found at the ACT websitewww.act.org/plan/. Quick Links: PLAN Information
PSAE (Prairie State Achievement Exam)
All high school juniors take the PSAE since it is a requirement for graduation. It is an Illinois high school accountability test, which measures the Illinois Learning Standards in five different academic areas. The PSAE includes three testing areas: 1) the ACT, which is a college entrance exam; 2) the Work Keys exams, which measure students’ mathematics and reading skills when applied in workplace situations; and 3) the ISBE developed exams, which measure students’ mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards in reading, writing, math, science, and social science. Quick Links: PSAE Information ·PSAE F.A.Q. – WIN Career Readiness
PSAT/NMSQT (PRELIMINARY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST/NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST)
This test is required for all students who wish to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship. A very high test score is required to become a semifinalist. This is also the test African-American students must take to compete for scholarships from the National Achievement Program for Outstanding African American Students. The PSAT/NMSQT is a multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning ability important for success in college. It is recommended that this test be taken in the junior year. This test is not required for college admission. Registration is done by the student in the guidance office. Quick Links: PSAT/NMSQT Information · PSAT/NMSQT Prep
SAT (SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST)
The SAT is given on several Saturday test dates throughout the year. The SAT is required for admission to certain colleges and universities. Most institutions will accept or prefer scores from junior year testing (spring and summer before senior year). A few schools require it to be taken in the senior year, no later than December. Some institutions requiring the SAT also require one or more achievement tests for admissions. Students should refer to each college’s catalog for specific information about which tests are recommended.
Quick Links: SAT Information