Over the four years in high school, students will engage in a comprehensive college and career readiness program. Rigorous curriculum in high school, aligned with Common Core State Standards, can be assessed through EXPLORE®, PLAN®, and The ACT® and Work Keys® assessments.
By taking these assessments between 8th grade and junior year, teachers can review academic achievement through these assessments and offer assistance to students to develop personal goals to increase college and career readiness.
EXPLORE is the first part of the standardized testing system. It is taken to gauge a student’s knowledge in Science, Math, Reading, and English. Scores from a student’s 8th grade EXPLORE test often play a large role in placing students into the appropriate high school courses. The 9th grade EXPLORE test results help to indicate the level of growth that a student has made during the course of their freshman year of high school.
PLAN is the second part of the standardized testing system. It is taken to gauge a student’s growth in the areas of Science, Math, Reading and English and to prepare students for the ACT exam. The PLAN test results can help students understand their academic strengths and their post-high school preparedness.
The PSAE is the third part of the standardized testing system. It is taken to gauge a student’s growth in the areas of Science, Math, Reading and English. ACT and WorkKeys test results are very strong indicators of college success and post-high school preparedness.
Junior-level students should also register for the ACT or SAT test during this year. We have registration forms in the Student Services Office, or you may register online. Please consult with your counselor to determine which tests are appropriate.
For the most up-to-date information, please check the ACT website, contact your son or daughter’s counselor, or contact specific colleges . The Schaumburg High School ACT School Code is 143-857
IMPORTANT: The ACT test includes an optional writing component, which is NOT offered through the PSAE in April. The College Writing Test Requirement Search Tool can help you determine which colleges require the ACT Plus Writing or you can contact the admissions office directly at the college. Students who need the writing portion for admission should register for the National ACT Test at www.actstudent.org
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test will be administered to some sophomores and many juniors. The test provides firsthand experience for the SAT and also gives juniors the opportunity to qualify for National Merit scholarship money. The test measures critical reading skills, writing skills and math problem-solving skills. Registration and payment must be taken to the school cashier between October 1 through October 5, 2012. The registration is $14.00 and checks are made payable to Schaumburg High School.
College Board Online Information is available on the PSAT, SAT I and II, and Advanced Placement Tests. Online registration for the SAT I and SAT II is available at this site. Online test preparation is also part of this site. The Schaumburg High School College Board School Code is 143-857
GoCollege Test prep for ACT and SAT. Additional information on scholarships and colleges available at this site
EXPLORE This site provides sample test questions and provides information on the EXPLORE test. This test is given to each 8th-grade student entering Schaumburg High School.
Petersons A website where there is a very comprehensive ACT and SAT Test Preparation Component
PSAE Test Prep SHS’s website for test prep for the Prairie State Achievement Exam, the required test for all juniors
Princeton Review Test prep for ACT, SAT, and PSAT.
TestGEAR A test prep site for ACT (Universal code: 13741780) and PSAT (Universal code: 13519742)
Student Edge Source for College and Scholarship search, practice ACT,SAT and PSAT tests. Schaumburg High School Access Code: WXHBERZZ
TestPrep.Com Test prep for ACT, SAT, PSAT, and TOEFL
TOEFL This site provides information on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)