The best preparation for college entrance exams, and for college, is to take challenging courses with a strong academic curriculum. Students should consistently develop and enhance their vocabulary, reading, and writing skills. Students should stretch their thinking by reading a wide variety of challenging writing – fiction, nonfiction, news articles, and informational magazines. The more a student reads the better prepared he or she will be for college and 21st century workforce skills.
Students are encouraged to study and prepare for entrance exams in order to exceed the minimum college entrance requirements. Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact their school counselor at least six weeks prior to registration. For information on college entrance exam practice opportunities on-line, visit: http://www.act.org/ and http://www.collegeboard.org/.
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and Preliminary ACT Exam (PreACT) provide students with opportunities to take practice college entrance exams during the high school day. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors may take the PSAT and PreACT at a nominal cost.
Results from the PSAT and PreACT should be used by students, parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, and other school personnel to help the student identify areas of needed improvement, to make decisions about Advanced Placement course selections, which college entrance exams to take in the future, and possible college choices. Henry County high schools personnel conduct useful test taking and score interpretation programs in conjunction with the annual administration of the PSAT and PreACT. For more information, visit:ACT/PreACT: http://www.act.org
END OF PATHWAY ASSESSMENTS
Students who successfully complete three (3) required courses in a given CTAE pathway will be provided the opportunity to take an End of Pathway Assessment. These assessments, selected by the Georgia Department of Education, are designed to directly link to industry validated credentials and may result in national industry certifications. Each test measures industry specific technical skills required for entry level employment in a career related to the pathway.
ENTRANCE TESTS FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
A national college admission and placement examination that is comprised of four curriculum-based tests that measure academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The ACT is an achievement-based, curriculum-referenced exam designed to measure high school students’ general educational development. ACT results are accepted by virtually all colleges and universities in the United States. In addition, the ACT college entrance exam includes an interest inventory that provides valuable information for career and educational planning and a student profile section that provides a comprehensive picture of a student’s work in high school and his or her future plans. Scores for each section of the ACT are averaged to create a composite score. A perfect score on the ACT Assessment is 36. The writing portion of the ACT is recommended. Some colleges and universities require the writing portion of the ACT. Students should contact the college or university they plan to attend to determine college admission exam requirements. For more information, visit: www.act.org .
The SAT helps colleges make admissions and placement decisions. The New SAT includes sections on critical reading, mathematics through third-year college preparatory math (through Algebra II) and students are asked to write a 25- minute essay that requires them to take a position on an issue and use examples to support their position. Scores on each section range from 200-800 points. A perfect score on the SAT is 2400 (including the writing score). The SAT subject area tests consist of 20 subject tests, or achievement tests designed to measure subject-area knowledge. Some colleges and universities require one or more portions of the SAT II subject area tests. Students should contact the college or university they plan to attend to determine admission requirements. For more information, visit: www.collegeboard.com.
ENTRANCE ASSESSMENTS FOR TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND CAREER SCHOOLS
The ASSET is a series of placement tests developed by American College Testing, Inc. and is commonly used for technical college or school admission. The scores on the ASSET help admissions counselors identify a student’s strengths as well as the knowledge and skills needed in order to succeed in specific program areas. The ASSET has three tests of basic skills in writing, reading, and numerical reasoning, plus more advanced tests in algebra and geometry. For more information, visit: http://www.act.org/asset/
The COMPASS test is the computerized version of the ASSET. It also has three tests of basic skills in writing, reading, and numerical reasoning, plus more advanced tests in algebra and geometry. The COMPASS test delivers fast and efficient scores to determine placement for a student applying to a technical college or school. For more information, visit: http://www.act.org/compass/student/
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a multiple-aptitude battery, consisting of ten short individual tests that measure verbal, math, and academic ability. The ASVAB provides good indicators of how well students have developed academic and occupational abilities. Scores on the ASVAB can qualify students for certain jobs and training in the Armed Forces, but taking the ASVAB does not commit the student to service in the military. The ASVAB measures aptitudes that are related to success in different careers and provides students with an opportunity to explore career options. The ASVAB is offered on a voluntary basis. Students can contact their s chool counseling office for dates when the ASVAB will be offered at their high school. For more information, visit: http://official-asvab.com/