Standardized tests are designed to give a common measure of students' performance. These assessments help compare an individual's performance with the performance of a group of students from a given class, school, or school system. Since large numbers of students throughout the country take the same test, "standards" can be developed to show whether school programs are succeeding and how students are performing. Standardized achievement tests measure how much students have already learned about school subjects such as reading, math, language skills, spelling, or science. On the other hand, standardized aptitude tests measure your student’s ability to learn in school. They measure verbal ability, mechanical ability, creativity, clerical ability, or abstract reasoning.



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Pre-ACT (American College Testing Program)

All sophomores will have an opportunity to take a Pre-ACT test. This test will give students an ACT score that can be used as an indicator of college and career readiness.

ACT (American College Testing Program)

The ACT is a battery of four examinations in English, math, reading, and science reasoning, each of which yield separate scores measuring developed abilities. The ACT is required by many colleges as part of the application process for admission.

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

Students enrolled in AP courses are strongly encouraged to complete the AP examination for which the course has prepared them. Cost of the examination will be paid by the student. Information is available from the teachers of the AP courses. Each college or university determines which of these examination scores it will accept. It is important for students to have accurate information from the school they plan to attend regarding the acceptance of AP credit.


ACT WorkKeys assessments are research-based measures of foundation work skills required for success across industries and occupations.

ASVAB (The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures development of academic skills. The ASVAB also provides career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors including college, vocational school and/or a military career.

End of Course Assessment (EOC)

End of Course assessments are required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for various high school level classes including English II, Biology, Algebra I, and Government.

PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitut

The PSAT/NMSQT measures verbal and mathematics reasoning skills important for academic success in college. It serves three purposes: gives the student practice for the SAT I; is the first step in qualifying for scholarships sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and other scholarship programs; gives the student the opportunity to participate in the Student Search Service. This test is taken in the junior year for NMSQT qualification.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

SAT is a test used to predict student performance in college. Required by some schools as part of the application process, this three-hour test has three main sections—reading, math and writing.

Technical Skills Attainment/Industry Recognized Credentials (Assessment)

Technical Skill Attainment (TSA) measures a student’s competency level on a skill assessment aligned with industry-recognized standards. It is a requirement under The Perkins Act of 2006. Industry recognized credentialing tests are assessments that are subject specific nationally recognized certificates and/or licensure tests.