Tests and Testing Information
The Accuplacer is an non-timed admissions test for PSEO students as well as students planning to enroll in Minnesota 2-year schools or vocational/trade schools. The Accuplacer is a free test for first-time testers. Students take the assessment on the computer. Students will need a photo ID and their social security number to take the test.
The ACT is an admissions test used by 4-year colleges and universities. The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test. There are four tests with the optional writing test.
The English Test is a 75-question, 45-minute test. The test consists of five essays, or passages, each accompanied by a sequence of multiple-choice test questions that measures a student's understanding of the conventions of standard English (punctuation, usage, and sentence structure), production of writing (topic development, organization, unity, and cohesion) and knowledge of language (word choice, style, and tone). The content in this test is:
The Mathematics Test is a 60-question, 60-minute test designed to assess the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12. The content is comprised of:
- Production of Writing (29-32%)
- Knowledge of Language (13-19%)
- Conventions of Standard English (51-56%)
The Reading Test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures your reading comprehension. The reading test assesses skills in three reporting categories:
- Preparing for Higher Math (57-60%)
- Number and Quantity (7-10%)
- Algebra (12-15%)
- Functions (12-15%)
- Geometry (12-15%)
- Statistics and Probability (8-12%)
- Integrated Essential Skills (40-43%)
- These questions address concepts typically learned before 8th grade, such as rates and percentages; proportional relationships; area, surface area, and volume; average and median; and expressing numbers in different ways.
- Modeling (>25%)
- This category represents all questions that involve producing, interpreting, understanding, evaluating, and improving models.
The Science Test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. The test emphasizes science skills and practices over recall of scientific content, complex mathematics skills, and reading ability. The scientific information is conveyed in one of three different formats.
- Key Ideas and Details (55-60%)
- Craft and Structure (25-30%)
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (13-18%)
The Writing Test is optional. It is a 40-minute essay test that measures a student’s writing skills. If students register for the ACT Plus Writing, they take the ACT Writing Test after they complete the four multiple-choice tests. Taking the Writing Test will not affect the student's scores on the multiple- choice tests or their Composite score. Student’s will receive a single subject-level score (rounded average of the four domain scores) based on a 2=12 scale. The four domain scores are:
- Interpretation of Data (45-55%)
- Scientific Investigation (20-30%)
- Evaluation of Models, Inferences, and Experimental Results (25-35%)
- Ideas and Analysis
- Development and Support
- Language Use and Conventions
2017-18 ACT National Test Dates
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
September 9 August 4 August 5-18
October 28 September 22 Sept. 23 – Oct. 6
December 9 November 3 November 4-17
February 10 January 12 January 13-19
April 14 March 9 March 10-23
June 9 May 4 May 5-18
July 14 June 15 June 16-22
The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. The ASVAB is given to all juniors in the fall. The test results give students career information that can be helpful in developing their individual career plan. Juniors will take the ASVAB on Thursday, September 21 from 8:20 - 11:30.
This College Board test assesses the critical reading, mathematics and writing skills students need for college and beyond. The PSAT/NMSQT helps students become college ready. It provides feedback on skills, access to scholarships and personalized online tools. The cost of the test is $16.00. Interested juniors will take this exam on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.