Standardized Testing Information
CCS prepares their students to score well on required, standardized tests, but without "teaching to the test." CCS offers special SmartPrep tutoring/classes that help college-bound students prepare for required pre-college tests (below). CCS also helps students find their career path by participating in an optional testing program, ASVAB (below). Below are descriptions and details about these tests.
In September 2015, the state of Ohio, offered additional new resource for communicating about Ohio’s State Tests. "These days, many Ohio parents have a high interest in the state achievement tests their children take. That’s why a new PowerPoint produced by the Ohio Department of Education is so timely." See what they've added here!
(Measures of Academic Progress®)
MMAP Testing (Measures of Academic Progress®) - Given three times a year to Grades K-8 in Math, Reading, and Language Arts. The MAP Testing will take the place of Discovery Education Benchmark Assessments. MAP assessments, “reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts the student has acquired and what they are ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level. MAP is a tool to help students, parents, and teachers identify strengths and opportunities, and focus instruction on the areas of greatest need.”
(Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)
DIBELS screening measures are given to CCS elementary students (grades Kindergarten through 6th) three times per school year. These screenings identify trends and help our teachers identify student needs.
Please contact Donna Hemplemann, Elementary Campus Principal, or speak to any elementary campus teacher for further information.
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 and strengthen future teaching so we can be sure that we are preparing our students for long-term success in school, college, careers and life. Test results also allow citizens to know how their local schools are performing compared to others around the state.
Please see the guidance office for EOC score requirements, dates they are administered at CCS, or to answer any other EOC-related questions.
Nationally, the ACT-Aspire is taken by students in order to help prepare them for the ACT (see section below). CCS has administered the ACT-Aspire to its students, beginning in 2015. At CCS, the ACT-Aspire testing is administered to 9th and 10th graders. The ACT-Aspire testing takes the place of the Terra Nova in the 9th grade and the ACT PLAN (which no longer exists) in the 10th grade. The ACT-Aspire consists of five subject tests in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. The test:
- Is founded on the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards
- Features online reporting that provide 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
- Score reports will be available 4-6 weeks after assessment is given
- Assist students with academic programming, career and college planning
- ACT Aspire Early High School sample items available at www.discoveraspire.org
- Understanding Your ACT Aspire Results PDF
(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)
PSAT - Grade 11 (and some 10th) - The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.  In 2013, 1.59 million high school sophomores and 1.55 million high school juniors took the PSAT.  Younger students are also eligible to take the test. 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. Each year, Juniors are provided the opportunity to take the PSAT in order to help them 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 (see below). The results of the PSAT give the student information about his/her testing skills in the areas of Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing in two forms: 1) by percentile comparison to other juniors who took the PSAT, and 2) by providing approximate SAT test scores.
Sophomores who wish to take the PSAT for a practice exam may do so, but must pay the exam fee and notify the Guidance Office of their intent to participate in testing prior to the scheduled testing date. On-line 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 to earning a National Merit Scholarship.
(Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test)
In 1997, the College Board decided and reported that it will actually stand for neither.)
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 three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The Critical Reading section is made up of sentence completion and passage-based reading questions. The Mathematics section is based on the math that college-bound students typically learn during their first three years of high school. The Writing section has multiple choice questions and a written essay. Scores on the SAT range from 200-800 per section, with a score of 500 being close to the 50th percentile.
Students may take this test more than one time. Multiple tutoring/classes and materials are available around the city to help a student prepare for the SAT. If a student finds that he/she took the test and would like help preparing to take it a second time, he/she can contact the Guidance Office for information about our SmartPrep classes available. There are other test prep opportunities offered outside of CCS; see that tab to the left.
CCS does not administer the SAT on-site, but registration materials and a preparation booklet are available in the Guidance Office. The preferred form of registration is on-line at www.collegeboard.com. CCS' SAT SCHOOL CODE: 360-954
FREE SAT Practice (Khan Academy)
ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Many, but not all, colleges and universities use this test for determining college readiness, if students have not yet taken the ACT or SAT.
For over 30 years, ACCUPLACER has been used successfully to assess student preparedness for introductory credit-bearing college courses. ACCUPLACER delivers immediate and precise results, offering both placement and diagnostic tests, to support intervention and help answer the challenges of accurate placement and remediation.
Educators, counselors, and testing directors rely on ACCUPLACER’s quality and validity as they advise and support students in their academic and career journeys.
(American College Test)
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. The English test is a 75 question, 45-minute test that measures understanding of the conventions of standard written English and rhetorical skills. The Mathematics test is a 60 question, 60-minute test designed to assess the mathematical skills students have typically acquired through courses taken up to the beginning of 12th grade. The Reading test is a 40 question, 35-minute test that measures reading comprehension. 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.
Again, the Writing test is optional and requires an additional fee if a student wants to take it, registering for the ACT Plus Writing. This test will be administered after the four multiple choice tests, and will not affect the composite score. The Writing test is a 30-minute essay test that measures your writing skills.
Students may take this test more than one time. Multiple tutoring/classes and materials are available around the city to help a student prepare for the ACT. If a student finds that he/she took the test and would like help preparing to take it a second time, he/she can contact the Guidance Office for information about our SmartPrep classes available. There are other test prep opportunities offered outside of CCS; see that tab to the left.
Cincinnati Christian Schools does not administer the ACT on-site, but registration materials and a preparation booklet are available in the Guidance office. The preferred form of registration is on-line at www.actstudent.org. CCS' ACT SCHOOL CODE: 360-954
Seniors can take an AP exam in order to "test out of" certain college courses. Usually these Seniors will have taken Honors or AP courses of the same nature prior to taking the AP exam(s). The AP exam(s) is taken near the end of their Senior year as they are applying for college. Their score(s) will determine whether they will need to take the course in college or not. A full list of AP exams is available here.
At CCS, only the following AP exams will be given on school grounds during the school year. PLEASE REGISTER for each exam through Mrs. Cora Binder, Guidance Counselor at the Junior/Senior High Campus. A fee is due for each exam as well. Obviously, it is wise for students taking these exams to arrive earlier than their start time.
- AP Calculus Exam
- AP Physics Exam
- AP English Literature and Composition Exam
- AP Computer Science Exam
- AP Biology Exam
- AP Studio Art Exam: This is offered every other year; 2016-2017 is an "on" year. Portfolio (completion of 24 works) required and due to Mrs. Ashford with very specific criteria. (AP Studio Art Program detailed information is available here.)
Also, for a link to the AP website that lists all the tests and times offered by the College Board, go to this link.
(Career Exploration Program Test)
Contact the Guidance Office for details about this optional testing for, mainly, Juniors. CCS students can take this test and use it as a tool to help plan their career path.