Testing Info

On this page you can look through the various testing administrations students can be apart of throughout your high school career.  It will all depend on your individual goals and plans.  Take a moment and see what applies to you and the resources provided.

Reminder, Winder-Barrow High School’s school code is 113275

Also, if you receive Free/Reduced Lunch you qualify for a fee waiver code and can waive the fee for the ACT or SAT.  See Mrs. Long in the CRC prior to your sign-up for more info.


ACT  | AP  |  ASVAB  |  PSAT  |  GEORGIA MILESTONES  |  SAT

ACT

Description of the ACT

The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT with writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a writing test.

Test  Content
English75 questions45 minutesMeasures standard written English and rhetorical skills.
Mathematics60 questions60 minutesMeasures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.
Reading40 questions35 minutesMeasures reading comprehension.
Science40 questions35 minutesMeasures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.
Optional Writing Test1 prompt40 minutesMeasures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses.

Information accessed and pulled directly from http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/descriptions/ on 9/8/15

For registration test dates and other information click here.

If you qualify for free or reduced lunch this school year see Mrs. Long in the CRC about a fee waiver before registering. 

Studying for ACT? Check out these free resources:

ACT Flash Review

ACT Word Games

ACT Power Practice

Advanced Placement (AP)

About the Exams

AP Exams are your opportunity to show what you know and what you can do.

Taken each May by students all over the world, the AP Exam is the final step you take after a year of hard work in an AP class. These standardized exams are designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of the course — a successful score could even earn you credit and advanced placement in college.

AP Exams 101

Each of the 37 exams has its own unique requirements; however, almost all of the exams have several things in common:

  • Most exams are two to three hours long. Be prepared to tackle a challenging exam with limited breaks. Eat a good breakfast and, if you are taking more than one exam on the same day, make sure you have lunch and snacks to keep you going.
  • The first part of the exam usually consists of multiple-choice questions. You will choose one of four or five answer choices for each question and use a pencil to bubble in your choice on your AP answer sheet. Your total exam score on the multiple-choice section is based only on the number of questions answered correctly. You won’t receive or lose points for incorrect answers or unanswered questions.
  • The second part of the exam usually consists of free-response questions that require you to generate your own responses. Depending on the exam, your responses could be in the form of an essay, a solution to a problem, or a spoken response. In most cases, you’ll be writing your response in pen in the free-response exam booklet.

Not Just Paper and Pencil

Not all AP Exams are pencil and paper exams. AP Chinese Language and Culture and AP Japanese Language and Culture Exams are CD-based and taken on computer. AP Studio Art students submit portfolios of their work for review.

Information accessed and pulled directly from https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/about-exams on 9/8/15
 
For registration information and details there will be more info to come and students and parents should look out for the “AP Bulletin for Students and Parents” coming during the spring semester. Please see the below link to our post about AP Exam registration:

ASVAB

UNDERSTANDING THE ASVAB TEST

The ASVAB is a series of tests developed by the Department of Defense and is used by the U.S. Army to determine whether you have the mental aptitude to enlist. The ASVAB also helps determine which Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) you qualify for. The ASVAB is required to enlist in the U.S. Army and is valid for two years. The ASVAB may be given in a computerized version at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) or in a paper version at various Military Entrance Test (MET) sites around the country or at high schools and colleges.

ASVAB TEST AREAS

  • General Science – measures knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
  • Arithmetic Reasoning – measures ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
  • Word Knowledge – measures ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
  • Paragraph Comprehension – measures ability to obtain information from written material
  • Mathematics Knowledge – measures knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
  • Electronics Information – measures knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems
  • Auto and Shop Information – measures knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
  • Mechanical Comprehension – measures knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials
  • Assembling Objects – measures ability with spatial relationships

Information accessed and pulled directly from http://www.goarmy.com/learn/understanding-the-asvab.html on 9/8/15

For registration information please see Mrs. Long in the CRC.  Registration is required.

PSAT

The PSAT® at a Glance

The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. With $180 million dollars in scholarships awarded to students that achieve high scores on the PSAT, how you perform on this exam can help you earn scholarship dollars that change the direction of your college planning. The PSAT is much more than a practice test.

In the fall of 2015, students will see a new version of this exam, which will be fully aligned with the new SAT debuting in March 2016. For more test change resources, visit our SAT Test Change Resource Center.

The new PSAT, launching in October 2015, is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in Reading, Writing, and Math. The highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

Information accessed and pulled directly from http://www.kaptest.com/psat/kaplan-psat-prep/all-about-the-psat on 9/8/15

GA Milestone

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System

Georgia Milestones is a comprehensive summative assessment pro​gram spanning grades 3 through high school.  Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course assessment for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education.
Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:

  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level and course within the language arts assessment;
  • norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
  • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-penc​il as back-up until the transition is complete.

Information accessed and pulled directly from http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Milestones-Assessment-System.aspx on 9/8/15

 

SAT

What is the SAT®?

While high school grades are a very useful indicator of how students will perform in college, there is great variation in grading standards and course rigor within and across high schools. More than 80 years ago the College Board created the firststandardized college entrance test to help colleges and universities identify students who could succeed at their institutions and to connect students with educational opportunities beyond high school.

Today, the SAT is the benchmark standardized assessment of the critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. Each year, more than two million students take the SAT. Nearly every college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student’s college readiness.

Information accessed and pulled directly from http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ sat on 9/8/15

For more information on on the Test Sections and current breakdown of the exam, just click HERE.

For registration test dates and other information click here.

If you qualify for free or reduced lunch this school year see Mrs. Long in the CRC about a fee waiver before registering. 

Test Prep Resources

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  • Free SAT Prep thru Khan Academy
  • More info on GA Milestone Exams
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