Who: Freshmen and Sophomores Respectively
When: April 2017
What: PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 measure what you learn in high school and what you need to improve upon to succeed in college. The NEW test is more focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. These tests include a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, and Math Test. The tests measure the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, but in ways that make sense for different grade levels, so it’s easier for students, parents, and educators to monitor student progress. There is NO penalty for guessing.
For more information visit: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9
When: Wednesday, October 11
^^It is a Late Start Wednesday, but juniors must be at MRHS by 8:00 as the test begins at 8:05. Students will not be allowed to take anything into their testing rooms but pencils and a calculator. The test will be done around 11:20, and students will go to lunch. Juniors will return to school by 5th hour. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors will be following a normal Late Start Wednesday schedule.
What: The PSAT/NMSQT is a pre-SAT and is also used as a qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program for juniors. Juniors will take the PSAT as practice for the SAT. The new SAT is the college entrance exam used by the state of Illinois. The PSAT focuses of the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college. After taking the PSAT, students are given a comprehensive report on their strengths and weaknesses. They can then use khanacademy.org to strengthen those weaker skills to get prepared for the SAT in April.
For more information on the PSAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
When: April 2017
What: SAT measures what you learn in high school and what you need to succeed in college. The NEW test is more focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. This test includes a Reading Test, a Writing and Language Test, Math Test and SAT Essay. The tests measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels, so it’s easier for students, parents, and educators to monitor student progress. There is NO penalty for guessing. This test is replacing the ACT administered in previous years at Monmouth Roseville. Now students will send SAT scores to colleges/universities for admission purposes.
For more information visit:https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
SAT Prep: College Board has teamed-up with the Kahn Academy to provide personalized SAT prep based on the results from previously taken PSAT tests. Your student should have an account for both College Board and the Kahn Academy, and the accounts can be linked for personalized practice.
Additional SAT Resource Guide: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/sat-resource-guide/
Monmouth-Roseville WILL NOT BE offering the ACT, meaning if you wish to take the ACT please visit the website listed below. Locations included but are not limited to Monmouth College and Western Illinois University.
Who: Typically Juniors take the ACT. Students can continue to re-take the ACT while attempting for a better score through their senior year.
When: Various dates throughout the school year
What: The ACT is a college entrance exam. Even if you do not plan to go to college directly after high school, it is best to take the ACT while you are in high school and have the material fresh in your brain. In the past, all Illinois high schools were able to offer the ACT to all juniors free-of-cost. As of right now, the state is no longer funding the test, so students will need to sign up to take it independently until further notice. Students can (and should) take the ACT multiple times in order to try and improve their score.
How to sign up: http://www.actstudent.org/
Cost: About $40, Students should take the writing portion at least once. If you cannot afford the ACT, talk to Mrs. Adolphson.
For more information (& practice questions): http://www.actstudent.org/
Addtional Resource Guide: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/act-prep-guide/
Who: Students interested in taking dual credit classes through Carl Sandburg College.
When: April/May 2017
What: The ACCUPLACER exam is required by Carl Sandburg College in order to take a dual credit class while in high school. Depending on the class you would like to take, there may be a minimum score required in any of the three subjects the ACCUPLACER covers: English/Writing, Reading, and Math. ACT/SAT scores may exempt students from taking the ACCUPLACER.
How to sign up: See your counselor. Students can take the test at MRHS in the LMC in April/May. The counseling office will schedule those dates in the spring. Students must apply to Carl Sandburg College & submit their full application before taking the ACCUPLACER.
Cost: free for up to 2 attempts
For more information (& practice questions): http://www.sandburg.edu/Services/Testing-Center/Accuplacer%20.html
Who: Juniors & Seniors interested in joining the military
When: Schedule your day to take the test with a recruiter.
What: The ASVAB is the military entrance exam. It tests you on the main subjects (English, Reading, Math, Science) as well as mechanical and tactical reasoning. Your scores in various subjects on the ASVAB will help recruiters determine what jobs you are eligible for in the military. We recommend that juniors take the practice test, and take the offical exam when a recruiter recommends it. Your scores are good for TWO YEARS, and you can re-take it if you don't achieve the score you want. If you are a senior and haven't yet taken it, you need to talk to a recruiter ASAP. Taking the ASVAB does NOT commit you to joining a branch of the military, although military personnel are involved in the testing process.
How to sign up: Visit with a recruiter on one of the days scheduled by MRHS. See the counselors' board for sign-ups.
For more information (& practice questions): http://official-asvab.com/