Tests for Colleges and Careers


ACT www.act.org 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. 

www.act.org/asset/tests/index.html The ASSET is an assessment-advising program which identifies the basic skill levels of students as they enter two-year institutions. ASSET has three tests of basic skills in writing, reading, and numerical reasoning, plus more advanced tests in algebra and geometry. ASSET scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help

ASVAB www.asvabprogram.comThe Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is an extremely valuable test because it measures abilities like mechanical aptitude that are not measured on other tests.  This test is NOT just for those going into the military.  It is a helpful tool in assisting students with career decisions since it measures aptitudes other tests do not.

COMPASS www.act.org/compass The COMPASS® is a computer-adaptive college placement test that helps educators quickly evaluate incoming students' skill levels in Reading, Writing Skills, Writing Essay, Math, and ESL and place students in appropriate courses.
SAT www.collegeboard.com The SAT is a 3-hour-and-45-minute test that measures the critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students need to do college-level work.

PLAN www.act.org/plan/index.html The PLAN includes tests in English, math, reading and science reasoning that measures the academic skills and abilities you have developed to this point in your education.  The ACT, which is now accepted at colleges and universities, as well as for scholarship competition, is designed like the PLAN.  The other components of this test include an interest inventory, questions about your plans and goals, and information about educational and financial aid programs.

PSAT www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a test that all college bound sophomores and juniors may take.  It is the best preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) because it is the same level of difficulty, the same format, and the same scoring as the SAT.  One of the benefits of taking the PSAT is that you get the test booklet and score report that can help you improve your SAT score.