Standardized Testing Information

Students who plan to attend a four-year university following graduation from high school are typically required to submit an ACT or SAT score to the university as part of the application process.  Most universities will accept either the ACT or the SAT.  Additional information regarding these tests can be found at the links below.

NOTE: Students will register for testing directly through the ACT and/or SAT websites.

EOC (End of Course) Exams

State achievement tests tell us how well our students are growing in the knowledge and skills outlined in Ohio’s Learning Standards. These tests help guide our teachers to best prepare our students for long-term success in school, college, careers, and life.

The class of 2021 will be the last class to take the EOC’s. The pathway to graduation for the class of 2022 and beyond will be through the ACT graduation requirement.

Please see the guidance office for EOC score requirements, dates they are administered at CCS, or to answer any other EOC-related questions.

ACT-Aspire

Nationally, the ACT-Aspire is taken by all students to prepare them for the ACT. CCS has administered the ACT-Aspire to its students since 2015. At CCS, the ACT-Aspire test is administered to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. The ACT-Aspire consists of five subject tests in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

The ACT-Aspire test:

  • Is founded on the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards
  • Features online reporting that provides the tools and data educators need to measure growth and inform instruction
  • Offers paths to improvement, including student-specific enrichment activities
  • Predicts performance for early high school students on ACT’s capstone college readiness assessment which is a requirement for graduation
  • Score reports will be available four to six weeks after the assessment is given
  • Assists students with academic programming, career, and college planning

PSAT

The PSAT is required for all 11th graders and is optional for students in the 10th grade. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. The scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The PSAT is given each October. Juniors are required to take the PSAT to prepare for their college entrance exams. The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice test for the SAT Reasoning Test, as well as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. The results of the PSAT give the student information about his/her testing skills in the areas of evidence-based reading/writing and math.

Sophomores who wish to take the PSAT for a practice exam may do so. However, they must pay the exam fee and notify the guidance department prior to the scheduled testing date. Online resource: www.collegeboard.com/psat

The National Merit® Scholarship is an annual, academic competition among high school students for recognition and college scholarships. The program is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Achieving an exceptional score on the PSAT is the first step in the process of earning a National Merit Scholarship.

SAT 

The SAT is a standardized exam used by colleges to predict a student’s potential success in college. It is usually taken in the spring of the junior year after students have had a chance to take the PSAT and review those results. The SAT measures the critical thinking skills that demonstrate how well a student can analyze and solve problems. The test is composed of two sections: evidence-based reading/writing and math.

Students may take this test more than one time. CCS does not administer the SAT on-site, but registration materials and a preparation booklet are available in the guidance department. Registration is online at www.collegeboard.com. CCS’ SAT school code is 360-954.

FREE SAT Practice (Khan Academy)

 SAT DATES

ACT 

The ACT program is another standardized exam used by colleges to predict a student’s potential success in college. Scores on the ACT range from 1-36 with a score of 20 being close to the 50th percentile. The test is composed of four academic sections with a fifth writing section as optional.

For those interested in the writing test portion of the ACT, there is an additional fee. This test will be administered after the four multiple-choice tests, and will not affect the composite score.

Students may take this test more than one time. If a student finds that he/she would like additional help in preparation to retake the test, please contact the guidance department. Mrs. Gina Smearsoll conducts SmartPrep classes once a year in the fall. Information will be available in the CCS Snapshot. ACT registration materials and a preparation booklet are available in the guidance department. Registration is online at www.actstudent.org. CCS’ ACT school code is 360-954.

 ACT TEST DATES

AP Exams 

Advanced Placement courses are challenging courses offered in high school that allow students to experience collegiate level coursework and earn college credit. Please register for each exam through the guidance department. Exams are associated with a fee.

AP Calculus AB exam Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

AP Physics I exam Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.