Several standardized tests are used at NCS to determine academic success as
well as help students prepare for high-stakes college admissions testing such
as the ACT and SAT. The following links can give you more information about
each test we administer at NCS as well as test preparation resources for each
Basic Testing Timeline:
7th Grade - Stanford Achievement Test (Spring)
8th Grade - Explore (Spring and Fall)
9th Grade - Explore (Spring and Fall)
10th Grade - PLAN (Spring and Fall), ACT
11th Grade - ACT, PSAT, ASVAB
12th Grade - ACT, SAT
Information on Standardized Tests
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Stanford Achievement Test 10
The EXPLORE® program is designed to help eighth and ninth graders explore a
broad range of options for their future. It prepares students not only for
their high school coursework but for their post–high school choices as well.
EXPLORE can serve also as the entry point into ACT's College and Career
Resources for Explore
The PLAN® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future
academic and career success and provides information needed to address school
districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that
helps students measure their current academic development, explore
career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school
and post-graduation years.
PLAN can help all students—those who are college-bound as well as those who
are likely to enter the workforce directly after high school.
PLAN serves as the midpoint measure of academic progress in ACT's College and
Career Readiness System.
Resources for PLAN
The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development
and their ability to complete college-level work.
* The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics,
reading, and science.
* The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and
writing a short essay.
Resources for ACT
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your
academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities,
financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The
SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today,
measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
Resources for SAT
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is
a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship
Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice
for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs
and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
* Critical reading skills
* Math problem-solving skills
* Writing skills
Resources for PSAT
THE ASVAB CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM is a career planning and exploration
program that combines a multiple-aptitude test with an interest
self-assessment and a wide range of career exploration tools.
Resources for ASVAB
Can't interpret the score reports???
Be sure to attend one of the parent nights throughout the year for help!!!
See the Calendar of Events for dates.