• Testing Information

    SAT Testing Dates

    ACT Testing Dates

    ASVAB

    ASVAB Career Exploration Center

    PLAN

    PSAT

     

    About the Tests

    ACT

    Who takes this test? All 11th graders

    When will they take it? March 5th

    Where will they take it? Hillside High School

    Why will they take it? The ACT Test is based on the content a student has or is learning in high school classes.  It is not an aptitude or IQ test.  Scores form the ACT are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States.

    Cost: No Cost

    Test Format: The ACT has four Multiple-Choice Sections and one Writing Section.

    Multiple-Choice - Designed to take about 3 and 1/2 hours Writing - 30 minutes
    • 75 English Questions
    • 60 Math Questions
    • 40 Reading Questions
    • 40 Science Questions
    1 Prompt -  Students have thirty minutes to write and essay defending a position on that prompt.

     

    Test Preparation: ACT's Student Website: http://www.act.org/ - Here Students will find basic information about the test, sample test items, test taking tips, information about what the scores mean, and information to help students plan for high school, college and/or as career.

     

     

    PLAN

    Who takes this test? All 10th graders

    When will they take it? October

    Where will they take it? High School where enrolled

    Why will they take it? Taking the PLAN as a sophomore will allow students to assess their current academic success and explore options for their future.  The feedback students receive from this assessment will provide information that will be invaluable to them as they explore career and training opportunities.  The information will also help students, parents, and school staff make decisions about which courses students take over their next 2 years in high school.

    Cost: No cost

    Test Format: The PLAN has 4 Multiple-Choice sections.  The test is designed to take about 2 hours.

    • 50 English Questions
    • 40 Math Questions
    • 25 Reading Questions
    • 30 Science Questions

     

    Test Preparation: ACT's PLAN Student Website: www.act.org/planstudent/index.html - Here you will find basic information about the test, sample test items, test taking tips, information about what your scores mean, and information to help you plan for high school, college and/or a career.

     

    Work Keys

    Who takes this test? All 12th grade public school students who are identified as CTE concentrators(a concentrator is a student who has earned four or more technical credits in a pathway or cluster, at least one of which is at a secondary level

    When will they take it? February

    Where will they take it? High School where enrolled

    Why will they take it? It is a part of the state's new accountability model and will provide inofrmation about students' career readiness skills.

    Cost: No cost

    Test Preparation: Test preparation materials can be found at the following website:www.act.org/workkeys/keytrain/booklets.html

     

    PSSS

    Who takes this test? All 9th graders

    When will they take it? January

    Where will they take it? High School where enrolled

    Why will they take it? Schools and students will receive feedback through College Board's AP Potential and Summary of Answers and Skills reports.

    Cost: No cost

    Test Preparation: Students can prepare for this test the same way they would prepare for the PSAT.

     

    PSAT

    Who takes this test? 11th graders who would like to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarships

    When will they take it? October

    Where will they take it? High School where enrolled

    Why will they take it? Gives an idea of how students will score on SAT.  Students who score well can earn scholarships from National Merit Scholarship Corp.

    Cost: No Cost

    Test Preparation: www.collegeboard.com and other websites provide test information, tips, and practice test questions.  Test prep books are available at bookstores and the public library.  School Guidance Office may offer resources.

     

    SAT

    Who takes this test? Juniors/Seniors

    When will they take it? Spring or Fall depending on the grade level

    Where will they take it? Various locations across the Triangle area

    Why will they take it? College admission requirement in addition to scholarship opportunities

    Cost: $49 for regular registration; $75 for late registration

    Test Preparation: Online resources such as sat.collegeboard.org; instructor-led classes through various organizations; test prep books

    Additional Resources

    • DPS SAT Preparation Classes (PDF)
    • www.cfnc.org - College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.
    • www.collegeboard.com – College Board is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. College Board promote excellence and equity in education through programs for K–12 and higher education institutions, and by providing students a path to college opportunities, including financial support and scholarships. Through work in middle schools, high schools and colleges, they serve more than seven million students and parents.
    • www.sat.collegeboard.com/practice/sat-study-plan – College Board provides free and affordable practice strategies online for student preparing for the SAT. Some of the free resources are helpful to students by assisting with developing a SAT Study Plan online, SAT Question of the Day, Sample Practice Questions, Free Practice Test and more.
    • www.ineedapencil.com – INeedAPencil.com provide free and innovative SAT prep. Students will prepare for the SAT with 60 engaging lessons in math, reading, and writing that infuse pop culture into learning to make prep accessible, 800+ challenging practice exam questions that simulate the SAT and provide full explanations, and unique features like a score projector to show you how you are predicted to score on the real exam.
    • www.satexamprep.com – Satexamprep.com offers a completely free online SAT study guide, with practice tests, all designed to help you gain the confidence you need to score high on your official SAT test.
    • www.number2.com - Number2.com's online test preparation courses are totally free! By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each student's ability level, a vocabulary builder, and more...

     

    ASVAB

    Who takes this test? Any student interested in enrolling in the military (11th-12th grade)

    When will they take it? Date to be determined by the student and recruiter

    Where will they take it? Location to be determined by the student and recruiter

    Why will they take it? The ASVAB test also is used to assess the developed abilities of an armed forces recruit to discover the quality of vocational proficiency in various fields of knowledge and expertise. The test is utilized as a "forecaster" of how particular individuals will have the ability to master certain areas of study.
    Cost: No Cost

    Test Format:

    • General Science
      A 25-item test measuring knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science
    • Arithmetic Reasoning
      A 30-item test measuring ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems
    • Word Knowledge
      A 35-item test measuring ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms
    • Paragraph Comprehension
      A 15-item test measuring ability to obtain information from written material
    • Mathematics Knowledge
      A 25-item test measuring knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications
    • Electronics Information
      A 20-item test measuring knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems
    • Auto and Shop Information
      A 25-item test measuring knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices
    • Mechanical Comprehension
      A 25-item test measuring knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials

    Additional Resources