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TESTING FOR COLLEGE PREPARATION

  • The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) test is offered every October at LCMHS and is typically taken by sophomores and juniors.
  • 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. They are not given at LCMHS.
  • 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 November 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 $16. 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.

2018 Scores should be released December 10, 2018. 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 Wednesday, October 10. Interested 10th and 11th grade students register to take the PSAT in the LCM High School counseling office by Wednesday, September 12. The test costs $16. Cash or checks are acceptable. If paying by check, the driver license of the person who signed the check MUST be included; make the check payable to LCM High School.  

PSAT Website

Fall 2018 Official Student Guide

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

PSAT Prep Live (Kaplan) – Register for Free

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 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



2018-2019 SAT Test Dates

REGISTRATION
DEADLINE

LATE DEADLINE
(paper)

(+$29 late fee)

SAT TEST
DATES
SCORE
Release Dates
July 27, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 25, 2018 September 7-12, 2018
September 7, 2018 September 26, 2018 October 6, 2018 October 19-24, 2018
October 5, 2018 October 24, 2018 November 3, 2018 November 16-21, 2018
November 2, 2018 November 20, 2018 December 1, 2018 December 14-19, 2018
February 8, 2019 February 27, 2019 March 9, 2019 March 22-27, 2019
April 5, 2019 April 24, 2019 May 4, 2019 May 17-22, 2019
May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019 June 1, 2019 July 10-12, 2019

 

2018-2019 ACT Test Dates

REGISTRATION
DEADLINE

LATE DEADLINE
(+$29.50 late fee)

ACT TEST
DATES
SCORE
Release Dates

(without writing -
with writing)

August 12, 2018

August 26, 2018

September 8, 2018 September 18, 2018-
October 2, 2018

September 28, 2018

October 14, 2018

October 27, 2018 November 13, 2018-
November 20, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 19, 2019

December 8, 2018 December 18, 2018-
January 1, 2019

January 11, 2019

January 18, 2019

February 9, 2019 February 19, 2019-
March 5, 2019

March 8, 2019

March 25, 2019

April 13, 2019 April 23, 2019-
May 7, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 20, 2019

June 8, 2019 June 18, 2019-
July 2, 2019
June 14, 2019 June 24, 2019 July 13, 2019 July 23, 2019-
August 6, 2019

 



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)

 



AP (Advanced Placement) Tests - College Course Equivalents
LCMHS offers the following AP tests in the spring: Calculus AB, 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.

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.

Registration for May AP tests runs from mid-February to March 28, 2019, in the Counselors Office. For Spring 2018, students paid $94 (some discounts may be available from College Board – more info posted here when available) for each test at the time of registration (registration deadline is March 28). Payment can be cash or check (must include the drivers license of the person who signed the check). 
 

2018-2019 Dates
Most tests will begin at 8 a.m. (other than Statistics)

Mon., May 6, 2019 AP U.S. Government & Politics
Wed. May 8, 2019 AP English Literature and Composition (English 4)
Tues. May 14, 2019 AP Calculus AB  
Wed., May 15, 2019 AP English Language and Composition (English 3)
Thurs. May 16, 2019 AP Statistics (starts at noon)
Fri., May 17, 2019 AP  Music Theory

 


 

 

ASVAB
The Armed Services Vocational Abilities Battery, or ASVAB (paper/pencil version), will be offered at LCM High School on Thursday, November 8, 2018. 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 Wednesday, October 31, 2018. A Pre-ASVAB meeting will be Thursday, November 1, during MegaLunch. 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. Testers are under no obligation to speak with a recruiter or enlist in the Armed Forces.


The ASVAB CEP 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 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 (Under Testing Resources at the bottom of the page)

ASVAB Practice Test Online


 

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