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TESTING FOR COLLEGE PREPARATION

  • The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) test is usually offered every October at LCMHS and is typically taken by sophomores and juniors. This year, it will be offered at LCMHS on January 23, 2021; there will not be an October test at LCM.
  • The SAT and ACT tests are typically taken by juniors for the first time in the spring and seniors, again if needed, in the fall. Saturday SATs are not given at LCMHS; however, School-Day SATs will be given to seniors in September and to juniors and seniors in March.
  • The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessments help determine college-readiness by testing over reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is given at LCMHS.
  • AP (Advanced Placement) tests are usually given in May. Scores on these AP tests determine how many college credits a student may be eligible for. They are given at LCMHS.
  • ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Abilities Battery) test is given in October and helps sophomores, juniors, and seniors determine their vocational interests, which could be helpful for career planning. 

 

PSAT
The PSAT Test measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school. The fee is $17. October scores are received usually in December or January and show potential success in AP courses and helpful advice about when to take the SAT. Students who are interested in taking dual-enroll college courses as juniors/seniors can waive the TSI with college-ready PSAT scores.

Scores should be released to students mid-December. Be looking for an email around that date.

Juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and meet program requirements may qualify for recognition and scholarships.  More information can be found at www.nationalmerit.org.

Reasons to take the PSAT

The PSAT will be administered at LCM High School on January 26, 2021. Interested 10th and 11th grade students register to take the PSAT in the LCM High School counseling office by December 3, 2020. The test costs $17. Cash or checks are acceptable. If paying by check, it must have a correct address and phone number of the person who signed the check; make the check payable to LCM High School.  

PSAT Website

Official PSAT Student Guide

Sample PSAT Questions, 2 Practice Tests, Personalized Study with Khan Academy

PSAT Prep (Kaplan) 

Kaplan's PSAT Prep Live. Free live lessons start Saturday, October 10, 2020. Free sessions run through Tuesday, October 13—just in time for those taking an October PSAT test. Stream must-know math, reading, and writing strategies. Save your seat! 

On January 26, 2021, students who pre-registered should report to their testing room before test start time. Test will BEGIN on time. Testing room rosters will be posted. The PSAT is administered just like the real SAT! COME PREPARED! 

Students SHOULD bring
(a) two sharpened WOODEN #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils); (b) a scientific or graphing calculator (the kind used in your math classes).  Students may check out a calculator from a math teacher or from the library the day before the PSAT. (c) a sweater or light jacket in case the testing room is cold during testing. (All bags, backpacks, and other belongings will be placed along the wall.)

Students SHOULD NOT bring (a) Mechanical pencils; (b) Highlighters; (c) Food or drinks

Once you have taken the PSAT, you can link the results to Khan Academy to get FREE personalized practice for the SAT. 


 

SAT and ACT Tests

Register for the SAT: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates
Register for the ACT:  http://www.actstudent.org/

Students eligible for free/reduced meals may take two free SAT tests and two free ACT tests. See your guidance counselor for a fee waiver.

College-bound juniors and seniors who wish to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams can pick up registration and practice materials in the Counseling Office. The LCM School Code needed for registration for the SAT and ACT is 445240.

Seniors who have not yet taken their SAT or ACT exam or who wish to take the exam again should plan to take them in the early fall of their senior year in order to meet college admission deadlines. Juniors are encouraged to take their SAT or ACT for the first time beginning the spring semester of their junior year (January-June).

SAT ACT

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Reasoning Test measures the critical thinking skills you will need for academic success in college. It is given seven times during the school year.

Starting in March 2016, the new SAT is scored on a 1600-point scale (math = 800; reading and writing = 800) rather than a 2400-point scale (each section = 800). The SAT consists of three parts: Critical Reading--sentence completion and questions based on reading passages; Mathematics--based on the first three years of high school math for college-bound students; and Writing--multiple choice questions and a written essay. The SAT is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. For information about the “new” SAT, visit www.collegeboard.org

In March 2016, students started being able to choose to take the SAT without the essay. To see if a college you are interested in requires or recommends the essay, go to SAT Essay Policies of Colleges and Scholarship Providers

SAT registration and practice materials are available in the Counselors' Office.

Students eligible for free/reduced meals may take two free SAT tests and two free ACT tests. See your guidance counselor for a fee waiver.

The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, and an optional Writing portion on the ACT Plus Writing. Scoring is on a 36-point scale with the maximum score on each section being 36 points, then the four parts are averaged together to get one composite score. The ACT is 3 hours and 25 minutes long. The ACT writing is a 30-minute essay.

You can see which colleges require, recommend, or do not need you to take the ACT Writing Test.

ACT registration and practice materials are available in the Counselors' Office.

Students eligible for free/reduced meals may take two free SAT tests and two free ACT tests. See your guidance counselor for a fee waiver.

Register for the SAT  Register for the ACT



2020-2021 SAT Test Dates

REGISTRATION
DEADLINE

LATE DEADLINE
(paper)

(+$30 late fee)

SAT TEST
DATES
SCORE
Release Dates
July 31, 2020 August 11, 2020 August 29, 2020 September, 2020
AT LCMHS
Aug 24, 2020
NO LATE AT LCMHS
September 23, 2020
October 15, 2020
August 26, 2020 September 15, 2020 September 26, 2020 October 9, 2020
September 4, 2020 September 22, 2020 October 3, 2020 October 16, 2020
October 7, 2020 October 27, 2020 November 7, 2020 November 20, 2020
November 5, 2020 November 24, 2020 December 5, 2020 December 18, 2020
February 12, 2021 March 2, 2021 March 13, 2021 March 26, 2021
AT LCMHS
February 18, 2021
NO LATE AT LCMHS
March 24, 2021
April 9, 2021
April 8, 2021 April 27, 2021 May 8, 2021 May 21, 2021
May 6, 2021 May 26, 2021 June 5, 2021 July 14, 2021

 

2020-2021 ACT Test Dates

REGISTRATION
DEADLINE

LATE DEADLINE
(+$30 late fee)

ACT TEST
DATES
SCORE
Release Dates

(without writing -
with writing)

August 31, 2020

No late fees

September 12, 2020 September 22, 2020-
October 6, 2020

September 25, 2020

No late fees

October 24, 2020 November 3, 2020-
November 17, 2020

November 6, 2020

November 20, 2020

December 12, 2020 December 22, 2020-
January 5, 2021

January 8, 2021

January 15, 2021

February 6, 2021 February 16, 2021-
March 1, 2021

March 12, 2021

March 26, 2021

April 17, 2021 April 2, 2021-
May 4, 2021

May 7, 2021

May 21, 2021

June 12, 2021 June 22, 2021-
July 6, 2021
June 18, 2021 June 25, 2021 July 17, 2021 July 27, 2021-
August 10, 2021

 



TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help a college or university determine if students are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet each student's needs to help each become better prepared for college-level course work if not ready. Incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI Assessment — unless already exempt — to determine  readiness for college-level work. 

Students MUST present a photo ID when they report to the testing room.

Review Exercises / Practice TSI Tests:


COLLEGE-READINESS SCORES

Scores on the TSI Assessment determine if a student is ready to take college-level courses. If college ready, a student may enroll in any related entry-level college course without having to take developmental courses or interventions.
Interpreting What Your TSI Scores Mean


 


College-Ready
TSI Scores

Students are EXEMPT from individual areas
of TSI testing
if any ONE of the following is met:

READING
351+

* SAT March 2016 or after: Reading & Writing (EBRW) of 480
* ACT:  Composite 23 with English 19
* College Course: Earn a C or better in a college course requiring Reading (through dual-enrollment)

MATH
350+

* SAT March 2016 or after: Math 530
* ACT: Composite 23 with Math 19

* College Course: Earn a C or better in a college course requiring Math (through dual-enrollment)

WRITING
A 4+ on the essay and a 340+ on the multiple-choice
OR
if below a 340 on the multiple-choice,
a 5+ on the essay and 
a 4+ on ABE Diagnostic

* SAT March 2016 or after: Reading & Writing (EBRW) of 480
* ACT: Composite 23 with English 19
* College Course: Earn a C or better in a college course requiring Writing (through dual-enrollment)

 

Many colleges will provide forms/websites for students to complete to give the college permission to access the student’s TSI scores from the database. As this information becomes known, the links will appear below:



AP (Advanced Placement) Tests - College Course Equivalents
LCMHS offers the following AP tests in the spring: Calculus AB, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Music Theory, Statistics, and U.S. Government and Politics. College Board AP Website

In 2015 the Texas Legislature passed a law (HB 1992) that affects the way that public colleges and universities award credit for AP tests.  The intent was to increase access to college credit and improve retention and graduation rates for students across the state by requiring credit for AP scores of 3 or higher.

What is AP?

Find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores. Check each college or university's website for their current AP credit policy.

Students should consult their college academic advisor for advice on the number of credits that can be used in their degree program to avoid excessive credit accumulation.

In 2019-2020, College Board changed its procedures and deadlines for ordering our AP exams. Students who are planning to take AP exams must now register in November instead of March. 

Therefore, students enrolled in AP courses who are planning to take AP exams must sign up by November 12, 2020, with Ms. Childress in the counseling office. The cost is $95 per AP exam or, for students who are eligible for free or reduced meals, $21 per AP exam. Usually, students who register after the November 12 deadline through March 12 ;will be charged an additional $40 fee for late ordering. These deadlines, prices, and fees are set by College Board, not LCM. We must adhere to them to order our tests and cover their costs. 

 

2020-2021 Dates
Most tests will begin at 8 a.m. (other than Computer Science, Music Theory, & Statistics)

Mon., May 3, 2021 AP U.S. Government & Politics
Tues., May 4, 2021 AP Calculus AB  
Wed., May 5, 2021 AP English Literature and Composition (English 4)
Thurs, May 6, 2021 AP Computer Science A (starts at noon)
Wed., May 12, 2021 AP English Language and Composition (English 3)
Wed., May 12, 2021 AP Music Theory (starts at noon)
Thurs., May 13, 2021 AP  Statistics (starts at noon)

 


 

 

ASVAB
The Armed Services Vocational Abilities Battery, or ASVAB (paper/pencil version), will be offered at LCM High School on Thursday, October 22, 2020. The ASVAB is a FREE test for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to help students determine their vocational and career interests. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in taking the ASVAB for military purposes may also do so on this date. 

Interested students must sign up in the Counseling Office by October 15. The results from the test can be imported into the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, which can help students find out how interests and skills relate to the demands of more than 400 occupations.

 

Participation in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) is voluntary. Unless parents sign the Opt-Out Release form, testers may be contacted by a recruiter this year (since they are not on campus due to COVID). However, talking with a recruiter does not mean students have to enlist in the Armed Forces.


The ASVAB Career Exloration Program is made up of three components:

  • ASVAB: The aptitude test estimates your performance in academic and vocational endeavors.
  • FYI: The interest inventory measures your work-related interests.
  • OCCU-Find: A career catalog provides activities to help you put a plan together.

Once the school receives the student results, an ASVAB CEP representative will interpret the results and on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, will be on campus to help students to understand how their skills, interests, and values will assist them as they plan for college and their future in the world of work.

 

Students gain access to exclusive career exploration tools after they receive their scores. Then, they can independently explore any careers that interest them, including those found in the Military.
 

ASVAB Career Exploration Program Fact Sheet

Try some sample online ASVAB Questions

ASVAB Practice Test Online


 

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