There are many steps involved with getting into the college of your choice. Standardized testing is an important part of this process--starting in grades 6, 7 and 8 and continuing all the way through high school. The Director of Counseling oversees the administration of all standardized and college admissions tests. At Florida Preparatory Academy, we offer:
Grades 6, 7, & 8
ACT Aspire testing measures the concepts, processes, and objectives taught nationwide and common to most state standards. These tests emphasize the use of 21st century skills like critical thinking, decision-making, and statistical analysis across the curriculum. The tests are easy to administer, stimulating to take, and extremely accurate in measuring student achievement. This test consists of mathematics, English, writing, reading, and science.
ACT Aspire data gives educators, students, and families early insight into a student's level of preparedness for college and career by high school graduation. Access to ACT Aspire data will:
- Provide the first step toward longitudinal student monitoring starting in 9th grade through high school
- Identify areas of academic risk and allow for early intervention
- Provide teachers with insights into student understanding, to better inform instructional practices and areas needing improvement
Grade 10 and 11
The PSAT/NMSQT (The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. In the 10th and 11th grade years, it helps educators promote college readiness. In addition, in the 11th grade year the test gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- Critical reading skills
- Math problem-solving skill
Grades 11 and 12
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The ACT keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. Both test are administered multiple times during the school year, and at FPA our students have the opportunity to take the tests twice a year here on campus.
- The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics, writing is optional. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT in making admission decisions.
- The ACT assessment measures high school students' general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Specifically, the ACT scores provide an indicator of "college readiness" and that scores in each of the sub-tests correspond to skills in entry-level college courses in English, algebra, social science, humanities, and biology.
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