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This is a statewide assessment in Language arts, written expression and mathematics. This assessment is given to 11th graders in the spring.

The Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)

Is a statewide assessment administered to grade 10 students. The CAPT measures students' abilities to apply skills and knowledge in science. Students who meet the state goal are issued certificates of mastery. The certification becomes part of the student's permanent transcript.

Career Inventory

Is administered to provide students with a selection of career choices in terms of their personal interests, abilities, and values. The Career Interest Profiler is part of the student's Naviance account. Students can explore careers, formulate a resume, see videos of professionals in the field. Students in grade 10 will take a Strength's Explorer assessment and receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.

For those students planning to continue their education beyond high school, the following tests may be taken. Students should see their guidance counselor or use one of the inventories available on this website.

The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

Is a two-hour test of verbal and mathematics ability given only once a year in October to students in grades 10 and 11 at the students' expense. From the PSAT the student gains significant information from the scores, which can be utilized in developing post high school plans. Moreover, scholarship awards by foundations and other groups are made on the basis of the scores achieved on this test.

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the American College Tests (ACT) and the College Board Achievement Tests

Are different tests designed for college admission. The test(s) the students take will be determined by the requirements for admission that are specified by the individual college. A brief explanation of each of these tests follows.

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I)

Is a three-hour test of verbal and mathematical skills and is required by many two-year and four-year colleges, technical schools, and hospital-training schools. Students usually take this test in grade 11 or at the beginning of grade 12. The SAT's are administered five times a year. Students should see their counselors for test dates and locations. For more information check online at www.collegeboard.org

The Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT II)

Are designed to test students' knowledge in the specific academic areas. The following achievement test are available: American History and Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, English Composition, European History and World Culture, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Literature, Mathematics Level I, Mathematics Level II, Physics, and Spanish.

The American College Tests (ACT)

Many colleges located in the South and the West require students to take this three-hour set of four tests in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Natural Science. Students should see their counselors for test dates and locations. www.actstudent.org

The Advanced Placement Tests (AP)

Are administered to students who are enrolled in AP classes. Students may be granted college credit on the basis of scores received on these tests. These three-hour tests are given in May. Students are expected to participate. The fee for 2015 is $91.00 for each exam. Students receiving free or reduced lunch do not pay the exam fee this year. All students are responsible for a $15.00 test cancellation fee in the event the student cancels the test. For more information check on the website www.apstudent.collegeboard.org

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

Is a two and one-half hour test designed for all military services to measure the potential of the high school student in electronic, general mechanical, motor mechanical, clerical, administrative, and general technical areas. Testing is voluntary, and the student is under no obligation to join any branch of the service.