Testing Information

2016-17 Assessment Calendar

KNOW YOUR TEST: College Entrance Exams 

ACT: American College Testing measures student abilities in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing. The ACT is widely accepted in the Midwest region of the U.S. It takes about 3-4 hours to complete and is administered five times a year; in February, April, June, October, and December. Most guidance counselors agree that the best time to take the ACT is in April or June of the junior year of high school. Some seniors re-take the ACT in September or October to try to increase their scores. The composite, which is the average of the four times sections, is the score used to determine admission to colleges. Additionally, colleges look at class rank and grade point average. You may apply on-line at www.act.org (The Test) or  there are a limited number of paper applications in the Guidance Office. Sartell High School is a testing site in September, October, April and June. Results of the assessment are sent to the high school as well as to your home. Admissions requirements vary from school to school.  Consult your prospective school when deciding which test to take.
The Writing Test is a 30-minute essay test that measure writing skills-specifically those writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.  Because the test is not being required by all colleges, ACT's website has College Writing Test Requirements Search Tool Click here for access to the search engine, http://www.actstudent.org/writing/

ACT/SAT Sartell High School code for registering is: 242-358

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) - measures students' reasoning ability in the area of mathematics and reading. Some college require the SAT, but most will accept either the SAT or ACT. The subject test (SATII) may be required as follow up for selective college admission. This test is taken mostly by students who are interested in attending school on the East or West coast. You may apply on-line at www.collegeboard.org.      
The PLAN is offered to students at Sartell High School in the fall of the 10th grade. For specific dates, please consult the school calendar. The PLAN is a "preliminary" ACT designed to look at current academic achievement along with a comprehensive career assessment.  Click here for more information
The PSAT is a test offered in October to students in grade 11 and give them a preliminary glance at what their academic achievement is and allows them to see an estimations of how they will perform on the SAT. The specific date for the upcoming year is located on the school calendar. The test also, if they meet criteria, can qualify them for the National Merit Scholarship Program. For more information visit the PSAT portion of the Collegeboard website.
Additional testing practice is available through the Great River Regional Library. They have purchased a subscription to Learning Express Library, an online database of practice tests. The tests are available to anyone with a valid GRRL library card.  Learning Express can be accessed through the GRRL homepage (www.griver.org) by following the path through Online Resources. To register as a user, type in your entire GRRL barcode and create your own unique password.  The Learning Express Library includes practice tests for the GED, U. S. Citizenship, the Praxis, AP tests in many subject areas, the ASVAB, ACT and SAT, civil service exams and many more.
The purpose of ACCUPLACER tests is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection.

You can not "pass" or "fail" the placement tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.