Explore - (www.actstudent.org/explore )
The Explore is the first exam in the ACT testing series. It is given to SHHS students in September of their 9th grade year. The Explore is an ACT-like test that gives students practice in preparation for the ACT during their junior year. It can be used by our Department Coordinators to recommend proper placement in classes. It is scored on a 25 point scale.
Understanding Explore Test for Freshmen results.
PLAN - (www.act.org/plan )
The PLAN is the second exam in the ACT testing series. It is given to all SHHS sophomores in September. The PLAN is an ACT-like test that gives insight into potential ACT scores and career paths. It is scored on a 32 point scale. It is used by our school counselors, in conjunction with the Naviance college search software, to estimate your ACT score and aid in beginning your college search.
Understanding PLAN Test for Sophmores results.
Practice ACT -
All Juniors will take a practice ACT exam during mid-September. This is a practice test, so it cannot be used for admission purposes, but it does serve as a great learning experience for our juniors who will be taking the State ACT exam in April.
Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) -
The CSAP is a three day exam given to all freshman and sophomore students in mid-March. The CSAP is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The primary purpose of the assessment program is to determine the level at which Colorado students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in the content areas assessed. The CSAP is collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado teaching community and CTB/McGraw-Hill. The data should be used to keep abreast of individual student, school, and district progress toward attaining higher student achievement levels. The fact that CSAP is based on the Colorado Model Content Standards will ensure that all districts are held to the same challenging standards that Coloradans expect for their students regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban, or rural areas.
National ACT Exams - (www.actstudent.org )
Those students wishing to take additional ACT tests must sign up for a national ACT exam day which are held six times throughout the year on a Saturday. To sign up for a national ACT exam you must sign up on line at www.actstudent.org. If you do not have access to the internet, please come to the Post Grad Center to register online.
Practice SAT (PSAT) - (www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html )
The practice SAT test is available to SHHS sophomores and juniors in mid-October. The PSAT is not used for college admission purposes, but it is good practice for those students who will be taking the SAT. The PSAT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholar program. National Merit Scholars are those junior test takers scoring in the top 0.5% nationally of all PSAT testers.
Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results
National SAT - (sat.collegeboard.com/home )
This is also used for college admission purposes. Only about 15% of the Class of 2010 chose to take the SAT, mostly those seeking admittance to East Coast, West Coast or highly selective schools. As a rule of thumb, if a college recommends that you take SAT I's or SAT II's, then you should prepare to take both in addition to the ACT.
Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - (www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html )
These exams are taken by sophomores through seniors in early May for AP courses offered through SHHS. These exams are scored on a 1 through 5 scale and. Depending upon an individual’s score they may be used to qualify for college credit.
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Explore - All SHHS freshman are automatically enrolled to take this exam in September. An informational letter will be sent home in mid-September.
PLAN - All SHHS sophomores are automatically enrolled to take this exam in September. An informational letter will be sent home in mid-September
Practice ACT - All SHHS juniors are automatically enrolled to take this exam in September. An informational letter will be sent home in mid-September.
Colorado (CSAP) - All sophomores and juniors are automatically enrolled to take this exam administered over a three day period in March.
State ACT - All juniors are automatically enrolled to take this exam at no cost in April. An information letter will be sent home in April.
National ACT - Any SHHS student wishing to take an additional ACT test must sign up individually for one of six national testing dates throughout the year. Registration for the national ACT takes place online here. Sign-up information can be found in the Post Grad Center.
Practice SAT (PSAT)- Any SHHS sophomore and junior may sign up to participate in the PSAT. Sign-up information can be found in the Post Grad Center in late September and early October.
National SAT - Any SHHS student wishing to take the SAT I's or SAT II's must sign up individually for one of the national testing dates throughout the year. Sign-up information can be found in the Post Grad Center. Students register online (http://sat.collegeboard.com/register).
Advanced Placement Exams (AP) -
Students enrolled in an AP course at SHHS are expected to take their respective AP exam(s). Registration information is available in the Post Grad center or you may click on the AP Exam link on our website