EXPLORE 8th Grade
The EXPLORE is a test for 8th or 9th graders that gives an early indication of readiness for the PLAN and ACT examination. The EXPLORE is used to help students and their parents, teachers, and counselors identify each student's strengths and weaknesses as they begin to establish solid educational and career plans. It contains academic tests that measure achievement in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The EXPLORE will be administered to all 8th grade students at Berry Middle School.
AHSGE Sept / Dec / March / July
The Alabama Board of Education requires that any student receiving an Alabama High School diploma must pass all subject tests of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam and fulfill requirements regarding number of credits. The assessment is composed of questions measuring the objectives identified in the Standards and Objectives for Alabama High School Graduation Exam, Bulletin 1997, No. 16, and Bulletin 1998, No. 13. The Graduation Exam tests reading comprehension, language, math, science, and social studies. Students have multiple opportunities, if needed, to pass each subject test before exiting school. A credit based diploma is also offered for any senior that passes math, English, and one additional AHSGE test. Students are required to continue taking all portions of the test through March of their senior year.
The PLAN is a test for 10th graders that gives an early indication of readiness for the ACT examination. The PLAN is used to help students and their parents, teachers, and counselors identify each student's strengths and weaknesses as they begin to establish solid educational and career plans. It contains academic tests that measure achievement in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. The PLAN will be administered to all 10th grade students at Spain Park High School.
PSAT / NMSQT October
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a multiple choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities important to doing college work. The PSAT/NMSQT gives students the unique opportunity to assess their verbal and mathematical skills, forecast SAT scores, discover whether they would be successful in Advanced Placement courses, participate in the Student Search Service, and qualify for scholarship and enrichment programs (Merit Scholarships, Achievement Scholarships, and National Hispanic Scholar Awards). It must be taken in their junior year to qualify for the awards. The PSAT will be administered to all 10th and 11th grade students at Spain Park High School.
The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple aptitude test battery in the world. It assesses a student’s ability to learn new skills and is a predictor of success in training and education programs. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program offers more than just a test. It includes an interest inventory and other activities and resources designed to help students explore the world of work and gain confidence in making career decisions. ASVAB results are not shared with military recruiters. For more information or practice test, go to www.asvabprogram.com.
AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTS (ACT)
The American College Tests are offered five times during the school year to students, usually juniors and seniors, who plan to enter college. The months for testing are September, October, December, February, April, and June. Preregistration is required and forms may be obtained from the Guidance Office. The ACT Assessment assists eleventh and twelfth graders in the transition from high school to postsecondary education by providing information that can be used for admission, course placement, advising, and planning. It is recommended to be taken in the late spring of their junior year, as much of the test is based on eleventh grade work. Registration information is available in the guidance center. The ACT is 3 hours long and an extra half hour if you plan to take the optional writing component, which we encourage our students to sign up for. It is comprised of four tests: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning. These tests are scored on a scale of 1-36, and the scores are then averaged to a composite overall score of 1-36. For more information, practice tests or to sign up, go to www.actstudent.org.
SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TESTS (SAT)
The Scholastic Aptitude Tests are given to high school juniors and seniors who plan to enter college. These tests are usually administrated in October, January, April, May and June. Pre-registration is required and forms may be obtained from the guidance office. The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes long and is comprised of three content areas- Critical Reading, Math, and Writing. The individual content areas are scored on a scale of 200-800, with a maximum score of 2400. For more information, practice tests or to sign up, go to www.collegeboard.com .