Standarized Testing

STANDARDIZED TESTING AT BURKE HIGH SCHOOL

Burke High students will take several different tests during their four-year career. These tests will be helpful toward the development of a student’s academic, post-secondary, and career success.  Benefits range from increasing chances of receiving a scholarship to taking AP Exams and getting an early start at earning college credit.  It is definitely in the best interest of a student to familiarize him/herself with these tests in order to achieve score goals and maximize future opportunities.

 

ACT

The ACT is one of the major college entrance exams that most four-year colleges and universities require before entrance into their institution. The ACT is scored from 1 to 36 and is composed of five different tests: English, Math, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test. The test is designed to measure a student’s ability to complete college-level work. In most cases, it is to a student’s advantage to take the test multiple times in hopes to improve their score. It is often recommended that students take the test for the first time towards the end of their junior year so if they are not satisfied with their score, they will have a couple of opportunities to retake the test again to improve their score. In past years, most students have chosen to take the ACT at least two or three times. 

Harry A. Burke High School
ACT High School Code: 281-716
ACT Testing Center Code 192320

 

Although the ACT Writing Test is not required for all colleges or universities, it is the student’s responsibility to verify admission requirements. The previous link to the ACT Writing Test is a quick resource to check whether or not a school requires the ACT Writing Test.  This is a helpful tool, yet be advised that colleges change some components of their application requirements.  Due to this possibility, be sure to verify undergraduate admission requirements that are found on college or university websites.  

 

SAT

The SAT Reasoning Test  (SAT) is the other major college entrance exam that most four-year colleges and universities require before entrance into their institution. The SAT is scored from 600 to 2400 and is composed of seven sections: Three verbal, three mathematical, and one unscored “experimental” section which is used to test out new test questions. The test is designed to measure a student’s ability to complete college-level work.

 

In most cases, it is to a student’s advantage to take the test multiple times in hopes to improve their score. It is often recommended that students to take the test for the first time towards the end of their junior year so if they are not satisfied with their score, they will have a couple of opportunities to retake the test again in hope to improve their score. In past years, students have chosen to take the SAT at least two or three times.

 

Although the SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) are used by very few colleges in the Midwest, some schools do require these tests in addition to the ACT or SAT Reasoning Test. It is the student’s responsibility to double check the most updated information that can be found under “admissions” on the college’s homepage.  

TEST PREP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACT OR SAT

ACT-SAT Test Prep Opportunities in Metro Area and via Websites (visit Naviance Family Connection or see assigned counselor).

Now that Juniors are required to take the ACT for their State Mandated School Accountability Testing, all Juniors have access to Free ACT Test Prep Material. Click Here for More Information on how to access the Free ACT Test Prep Materials.

  

ACT/SAT Conversion Charts

 

PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is a test that helps prepare students for the actual SAT and also gives students a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs. Students first have the opportunity to take this test for practice during their sophomore year. When students take the test their junior year, they will have an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Program.

 

ASVAB

The ASVAB is a test that is available at over 14,000 schools nationwide and helps give students a better idea about their personal talents and what careers it could help them find. The ASVAB is composed of ten individual tests: Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Arithmetic Reasoning, General Science, Auto and Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Electronics Information, Numerical Operations, and Coding Speed. The ASVAB is the most widely used aptitude test battery in the world and assesses academic ability and helps predict success in jobs not just in the military, but also civilian jobs.


ASVAB Practice Test