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For specific testing dates please check our online calendar .

Testing Information

Throughout the school year, various standardized tests are given to students. Depending on the grade, different tests are either required or encouraged. Below is a brief summary of tests.

Grade levels indicated below are typical times to take these tests, though the ACT/SAT may be taken earlier than the junior year if desired.

For more information contact Charles Barber, Testing Coordinator.

Testing program for the 2020-2021 School Year

This year we are offering a broader program of preparation for the ACT.

9th Grade

We encourage all Freshmen to use the ACT Academy prep program. This is a free online prep program offered by ACT. The earlier a student gets involved in preparing for the ACT, the more comfortable they become with the format and the type of questions they will be asked.

10th Grade

We encourage all Sophomores to use the ACT Academy prep program. This is a free online prep program offered by ACT. In the Spring of 2021 we will administer the PreACT test to all 10th graders at no additional cost to parents. This will give them a beginning point for the ACT and also receive some career guidance as well.

11th Grade

We encourage all Juniors to use the ACT Online Prep program to prepare for the ACT. The cost is $19.95 but is a small price for the preparation they will receive. We will be giving the ACT test to all Juniors in March 2021. This will be at no additional cost to parents, a savings of over $50. ACT is going to a format where in the future students who have taken a full ACT test will only have to take the sections that they need to improve.

Also, in October we will offer the PSAT to those who wish to take it. The cost is $17. This is the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship program and is a good prep for the SAT.

12th Grade

We encourage all Seniors to use the ACT Online Prep program to prepare for the ACT. The cost is $19.95 but is a small price for the preparation they will receive. We will be giving the ACT test to all Seniors in October 2020. This will be at no additional cost to parents, a savings of over $50. After this test the Seniors will only need to take the section test where they want to improve their scores.

ACT, PSAT, and SAT Test Dates for 2020-2021

This year we are offering a broader program of preparation for the ACT.

ACT Test Dates

September 13 - (Registration deadline is August 13).

October 13 - (This testing date is for all seniors and there is no registration fee).

October 25 - (Registration deadline is September 20).

December 13 - (Registration deadline is November 6).

February 7 - (Registration deadline is January 8).

March 2 - (This testing date is for all juniors and there is no registration fee).

April 18 - (Registration deadline is March 5).


SAT Test Dates

September 27 - (Registration deadline is August 26).

October 18 - (Registration deadline is September 4).

November 8 - (Registration deadline is October 7).

March 14 - (Registration deadline is February 12).

May 9 - (Registration deadline is April 8).


PSAT Test Date

October 14 - (Test fee is $17).

Test Prep Courses: ACT, SAT & PSAT

Research shows that the best preparation for college entrance exams (the ACT or the SAT) and for preliminary college entrance exams (the PSAT) is for students to challenge themselves with rigorous high school courses. In addition, students who are familiar with test format may also increase their test scores. For that reason, we encourage students who wish to improve their college entrance exam performance to consider some of the options listed below:

Free Live, Online ACT, SAT, or PSAT Test Prep

Students who plan to register for the ACT, SAT, or PSAT may wish to explore free, live, online test prep options offered by Kaplan.

Below is a link to Kaplan's site:

https://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/free-resources/free-events

Free Online SAT Test Prep (Khan Academy)

Khan Academy offers a free SAT test prep course, which students may access at the link below:

https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Online ACT Test Prep (Created by the ACT)

Students may register for official online ACT test prep courses when they register for the ACT at the link below:

www.act.org

Test Prep / Practice (LRC)

In addition to the options noted above, students who wish to familiarize themselves with the ACT or SAT are encouraged to utilized the test prep materials available in the LRC (Monday - Thursday evenings, 5:30 - 8:00 pm).

MAP Growth Tests

Grades: All Grades

Date: August, January, and April

Cost: Free

The NAD has adopted the MAP Growth test beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. These tests and scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. MAP Growth tests are unique, and each area test adapts to your child's responses to measure your child's skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn-whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child's learning, it's easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

OAA tests in August, January, and April. Please check our online calendar for specific dates.

PSAT/NMSQT

Grade: Juniors

Date: October

Grade Level: Junior (sophomores may take this junior level test, but are not considered for National Merit Scholarship competition)

Cost: $16.00

Pay Online

Admission time: Approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/reg/dates.html

The PSAT/NMSQT is optional, but all juniors are strongly encouraged to take this helpful and informative test.

Why should you take the PSAT/NMSQT?

  • The PSAT/NMSQT stands for "Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test."
  • If you are considering college in the future, you will be required to take a college admissions test (either the ACT or SAT) as part of the college admissions process. The PSAT/NMSQT test was designed by the SAT as a way for junior students to evaluate their academic progress.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship (NMSC) programs.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT test is written in format that is similar to the SAT (critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing), but is specifically designed for junior level students.
  • A student's PSAT/NMSQT score will provide the student with an estimate of a future SAT score. It will identify areas of academic strengths and weaknesses, and will provide the student with information about how to improve in specific academic areas.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT also allows students to participate in a "college search" and to receive helpful college and university information.

ACT

Grades: Seniors and second semester juniors

Cost: $39.50 - no writing test option; $56.50 - writing test option included. Free ACT testing is available (no writing test option) to students who demonstrate financial need.

Standard administration time: 3 1/2 hours.

Test structure: The ACT is divided into four parts (English, Math, Science, and Critical Reading). It also includes an optional writing test.

Ozark Adventist Academy provides testing services for the ACT tests, but registration must take place directly between students and the testing organizations. To register for an upcoming ACT test, please go to the following link:

  • ACT:  http://www.act.org/
  • School Code: 040880
  • ACT test center code (OAA Sunday test center): 171101
  • Fee waivers available for qualifying students

Students may also enroll in an online in an ACT test review at: http://www.actstudent.org

Students seeking information about colleges are encouraged to review resources available in the Learning Resource Center, or to visit the College Board website to learn about specific colleges or universities in the US and in Canada.

High school code: 040-880
Test center code: 171101

All graduating seniors who are considering college are strongly urged to take the ACT test at least once, and preferably twice (once during the second semester of their junior year and during the first semester of their senior year).

Nearly all four-year colleges and universities in the United States require that graduating high school applicants submit either ACT or SAT test scores as part of the application process (students should consult with the admissions office of a particular four year college or university to confirm which test is required).

Scores are reported on a scale ranging from 1 (low) to 36 (high) for each of the four tests and for the Composite. The Composite is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.

Research shows that 55% of all ACT test takers receive higher ACT test scores on their second ACT test. For that reason, students are encouraged to take the ACT during the final semester of their junior year and during the first semester of their senior year, or on two dates during their senior year. Students are urged to take the ACT during the first semester, in order to avoid late college applications and delayed admission information.

All seniors will receive ACT test taking instruction during the test week in mid-September. The test taking instruction will include a free practice ACT test, as well as an in-depth review of subject area questions presented by Ozark Academy teaching staff. Students seeking additional ACT practice may use ACT test-taking practice books, available at the school library or in the Learning Resource Center. Students may also enroll in an online ACT test review at the ACT official website: www.act.org.

SAT

Grades: Seniors and second semester juniors

Cost: $45.00 (free SAT testing is available to students who demonstrate financial need).

Standard administration time: Approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes

Test structure: The SAT has three sections: Critical Reading, Math, Writing

Ozark Adventist Academy provides testing services for the SAT tests, but registration must take place directly between students and the testing organizations. To register for an upcoming SAT test, please go to the following link:

  • SAT: http//:sat.collegeboard.org
  • School Code: 040880
  • SAT test center code (OAA Sunday test center): 04155
  • Fee waivers available for qualifying students

Students seeking information about colleges are encouraged to review resources available in the Learning Resource Center, or to visit the College Board website to learn about specific colleges or universities in the US and in Canada.

High School Code: 040-880
Test Center Code: 04155

All graduating seniors who are considering college are strongly urged to take the SAT test at least once, and preferably twice (once during the second semester of their junior year and during the first semester of their senior year).

Research shows that over half of all SAT test takers receive higher SAT test scores on their second SAT test. For that reason, students are encouraged to take the SAT during the final semester of their junior year and during the first semester of their senior year, or on two dates during their senior year. Students are urged to take the SAT during the first semester, in order to avoid late college applications and delayed admission information.

Students who wish to practice for the SAT may obtain free SAT test practice materials from the LRC, or may check out SAT test preparation books from the school library. Students may also order SAT test preparation materials and learn more about the SAT test at the SAT official website: www.collegeboard.com.

AP Tests

Grades: Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors

Dates: May

Cost: TBA (test discounts available to students who demonstrate financial need)

Advanced placement testing is available to interested students. The advanced placement ("AP") test provides high school students with an opportunity to earn college credits. Interested students are encouraged to enroll in an "Advanced Placement" class, as a means of preparing for the AP exams that are administered at the school in May. For more information about the Advanced Placement program, please contact Charles Barber.

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