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Testing

Austin High School's testing code is 240125.

ACT

The ACT is a standardized test to determine a high school graduate's preparation for college level work. It is a knowledge/curriculum based achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The ACT score is only one factor colleges consider for admissions. It covers four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. It also adds an optional writing section, which is a required by some colleges. This test is given multiple times a year at multiple locations. Most US colleges and universities accept the ACT as their college entrance exam. A high test score may help a student get into a specific college plus possibly earn additional scholarship money.

All juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT Test, including the writing portion, April 20-22, 2021. For more information on registering for the ACT beyond the test date that Austin High School offers, please visit  http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html.

Juniors and Seniors - National ACT Test dates this year for a fee are as follows:

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
September 12, 2020
September 13, 2020
September 19, 2020
August 14 August 15-28
October 10, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
October 25, 2020
September 17 September 18-25
December 12, 2020 November 6 November 7-20
February 6, 2021 January 8 January 9-15
April 7, 2021 March 12 March 13-26
June 12, 2021 May 7 May 8-21
July 17, 2021 June 18 June 19-25

 

PSAT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is an OPTIONAL standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, mathematics problem solving skills and writing skills.

The PSAT/NMQST is the only test that the Hormel Foods Corporation will accept for their scholarship program. These scholarships are available to the children of current, retired, or deceased employees of the Hormel and its subsidiaries. In no instance will any officer or employee of the Hormel Company play a part in the selection of scholarship winners or monies to be awarded. The NMSQT Corporation handles the entire award process.

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered to interested juniors and sophomores. The testing will be from 8:00 - 11:30am. Bring a calculator and #2 pencils.

Interested juniors and sophomores must register at the Cashier's Office. There is a fee of $18.00. Checks should be made payable to Austin High School. After the fee is paid, students will receive the Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT that gives detailed information about the test along with practice tests questions and a link for additional test-taking tips.

The student must be registered by October 5, 2020. An additional fee of $1.00 will be charged for late registration. Although this is a junior test, some sophomores my elect to try the exam for practice. Students (juniors only) who are eligible for free or reduced lunches may sign up for the PSAT Testing in the cashier's office for a reduced fee.

AccuPlacer

ACCUPLACER tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Over 1,500 institutions administer ACCUPLACER tests as part of the enrollment process. These tests help identify your strengths and needs in each subject area. ACCUPLACER interactive online learning tools are available to help you sharpen your skills. The academic advisers and counselors at your college or technical school will use your ACCUPLACER test results along with information about your academic background, goals, and interests to help you take courses that match your skill level and give you the best opportunities for success.

Accuplacer testing is required for all PSEO students.

Students are not required to take the Accuplacer test if they have:

  • ACT sub-score of at least 16 in reading and 22 in math within the last two years.
  • An ACT score of 21 in reading is required for ENGL 1101 Freshman English within the last three years.

Students whose sub-scores are lower in one of these areas must take the Accuplacer test in that area.

Riverland does not use ACT composite scores.

Accuplacer and ACT test scores are valid three years for reading and two years for math. If you have taken the Accuplacer test at another college or have completed a college-level math and/or English course at another college, please send an official copy of your scores/grades to the Admissions Office.

What will I be tested on?

Reading: You will be asked to read a passage and then answer several questions about the passage.
 

Mathematics: This portion measures your understanding of arithmetic through problem solving. Skills in operations of whole numbers and fractions, decimals and percentages, ratios, measurement, and geometry will be assessed.

How will I be tested?

You will take the tests using a computer. You will communicate with the computer by using the keyboard or the mouse to enter your answers. A test proctor will be present if you need assistance. The tests are not timed and no prior computer skills are required.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Exams assess a student's college level knowledge, skills and abilities that are learned. AP Exams are also an excellent way to demonstrate understanding in specific subject areas. Students who lack access to AP classes and still wish to demonstrate subject knowledge, may opt to take the Subject Tests.

AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education.

Each college and university makes its own decisions about awarding credit and placement. Most have a written policy specifying the minimum required score to earn credit for each AP Exam.

One great benefit of taking AP Exams, is the opportunity to earn college credit and placement. Most colleges and universities in the United States grant credit and placement for qualifying AP scores.

AP Testing will take place from May 3-21, 2021.

SAT

The SAT is a standardized test used for college admissions that is focused on you applying your knowledge and skills with a focus on vocabulary. The test is intended to compare students regarding their readiness for college. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The SAT has a range score from 600 to 2400. It contains two sections, which includes Mathematics, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, plus an optional Essay.

SAT Subject Tests are used to measure students' knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, and their ability to apply that knowledge. The subject tests are closely linked to the high school curriculum. Subject Tests give students an additional opportunity to distinguish themselves and showcase their skills in a particular subject area, and demonstrate their mastery of particular subjects. Colleges use these tests as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student's mastery of specific content areas. These tests indicate a student's readiness to take college level courses in specific subject areas. Some colleges require or recommend SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT Test.

The SAT score is only one factor colleges consider in admissions, and most indicate that they see high school achievement as a more important predictor of college success.

Most students at Austin High School take the ACT as their college entrance exam. If you wish to take the SAT, you can register at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/find-test-centers.

Test Preparation

Austin High School's subscription to MCIS, or the Minnesota Career Information System, includes Test Preparation. The test preparation includes the following:

  • ACT Practice Test (with timed and untimed options for all subject areas of ACT which can be taken 3 times)
  • ACT Online Course (to prepare for the ACT, with a pretest on your strengths and weaknesses, plus additional practice tests embedded in)
  • SAT Practice Tests
  • SAT Online Course
  • PSAT Practice Test
  • ASVAB Practice Test
  • GED Practice Test
  • ACT WorkKeys Practice Tests
  • CLEP Practice Tests
  • DSST Practice Tests
  • Academic Skills Question Bank
  • TOEFL Practice Tests
  • AP Placement Practice Tests in AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Comp, AP English Literature and Comp, AP European History, AP Physics I, AP Physics II, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP US History
  • SAT Subject Practice Tests
  • AFOQT - Air Force Officer Qualifying Practice Test
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examination Practice Test
  • GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Practice Test
  • LSAT - Law School Admission Practice Test
  • MCAT - Medical College Admission Practice Test
  • Miller Analogies
  • CPST - College Placement Skills Training Practice Test (similar to the PLAN test or Accuplacer Test)

MCIS and Skills Assessment
Directions for MCIS and Standardized Test Practice

 

Counseling Staff

Kris Murley
Counseling Admin Assistant
kris.murley@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1812
Fax: 507-355-2416

Sarah Schmit
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names A-E
sarah.schmit@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1817

Lynn Keenan
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names F-Laz
lynn.keenan@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1813

Julie Hale
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names Le-Reh
julie.hale@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1816

Bryce Hoffa
9th - 12th Grade Counselor
Last Names Rei-Z
bryce.hoffa@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1814

Robin Garcia
Success Coach
Spanish Interpreter
robin.garcia@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1815

Othogi Obang
Success Coach
Anuak Interpreter
othogi.obang@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1215

Mee Reh
Success Coach
Karenni and Burmese Interpreter
mee.reh@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1514

Amy Mayers
College and Career Center
amy.mayers@austin.k12.mn.us
507-460-1812