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Standardized Testing

(All of which reflect the Common Core Curriculum)

 

 

ASPIRE

The Aspire Test is given in the 9th grade to identify the specific type of questions all freshen find challenging so that we can address these topics early in their high school years. Furthermore, we are able to see if there is a correlation between their performance on standardized tests as compared to their academic achievements in their ninth grade courses. In addition, the results will help the students stay on track for college readiness, while also preparing them for the content on the ACT Test. The results of this test will help students to focus on specific areas in Reading, English, Math, Science, and Writing that need attention.

 

  • SHA takes care of registering the students for this exam.

 

 

PSAT

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is given in the 10th and 11th grade as a primer for the SAT I which students will take in the Spring of their Junior year and if needed, again in the Fall of Senior year. The results of the PSAT Test do not go to the colleges, unlike the SAT I.

In the 11th grade, the PSAT is given as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Many of these students who do very well on this test will qualify to compete in the National Merit Program. These students could be honored as Commended, Semi-Finalists or a Finalist. These students then will have an opportunity to earn scholarship money for college – from the universities themselves and from sponsoring corporations, etc.

 

  • SHA takes care of registering the students for this exam.

 

 

SAT I/ACT

Since the highest correlation to success on the SAT I/ACT is a rigorous high school curriculum, it is recommended for our students to take these exams for the first time in the Spring of their Junior year and again in the Fall of Senior year, if needed. If a student intends to apply Early Decision/Early Action, the months of September and October will still meet the deadline for the colleges. Those students applying Regular Decision or to Rolling Colleges, will be able to test in the months of November and December. Since it is the quality of the results that matter, not the quantity, we encourage our students to prepare well for these important exams. Furthermore, since these tests are quite different from each other, some students will achieve better success on one exam over the other. Specific questions regarding this matter should be addressed with your daughter’s Guidance Counselor. In addition, before a student registers to take either of these exams in “back to back” months, she should first consult with her Guidance Counselor.

 

SAT I

  • The student is responsible for registering for this test online at: collegeboard.org

 

ACT

Some colleges may accept an ACT in lieu of an SAT Subject Test/SAT II. Please always confirm with the respective college’s admissions office, since requirements change often from year to year and also specific programs within a college often have different requirements than the general admissions requirements to their university.

 

  • The student is responsible for registering for this test online at: actstudent.org
  • Most colleges accept the scores of either the SAT or ACT to make college decisions.

 

 

AP (Advanced Placement)

14 Advanced Placement courses are currently offered at SHA in the following areas: Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Italian Language, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, United States History and World History. Students may begin taking AP courses in the 10th grade, provided that they meet the prerequisites necessary for entry into the courses. All students in AP classes are required to take the AP exam in May in each and all of their AP subjects. College Credit may be earned depending on the student’s score on the exam. Most colleges will require a 3, 4 or 5 (5 being the highest score possible) in order to grant college credit. More selective colleges will require a 4 or 5. 

 

Some colleges or specific programs in some colleges may accept AP scores in lieu of an SAT Subject Test/SAT II. Please always confirm with the respective college’s admissions office, since requirements change often from year to year and also specific programs within a college often have different requirements than the general admissions requirements to their university.

  • The student is responsible for registering for this test through SHA. Information regarding test registration is mailed home to the family in March.
  • AP Scholar Information - Click here

 

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***West Hempstead Public Library is having a free virtual ACT course on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Registration deadline for this class is November 2, 2020 - class has limited space. ***