Important Testing Updates & Resources
State and national testing dates have been canceled or changed due to the rapidly evolving situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
AzM2 English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as AIMS Science requirements, have been suspended for the year.
Due to the extended school closures, Highland High School-based test administration for its Pre-AP students has been canceled.
From College Board – As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here is how the College Board is supporting schools.
AP Testing: What Students Should Know and Do
- AP Exams have been revised to about 45 minutes each and will be taken online, at home.
- AP Exams are scheduled for May 11-22, with make-up testing on June 1-5
- This year’s exams focus on content most teachers covered prior to March. So this year’s exams have been designed to honor and
reward the good work students already did prior to widespread school closures.
- Colleges across the country are voicing strong support for students to complete the AP experience, take the exam, and receive the
college credit they deserve. Colleges are especially supportive given the uncertain financial future many families face, and the value of students entering college with credit.
- Depending on a school’s exam-taking policy, a student can opt-out of the exam if they prefer not to test this year; there will not be a $40 cancellation fee.
- Students who need help with access to a device or internet please visit http://cb.org/tech.
Preparing for AP Exam
- On AP Central, students can see course-specific exam information, including exam dates and times, descriptions of what they’ll be
asked to do on their exam, and more; exam features; exam scoring; and exam security.
- On YouTube, students can access daily, online AP classes and review at https://youtube.com/advancedplacement
- Students can log into their MyAP account to get practice tests, activities & resources for the various AP classes they are taking.
ACT: State Testing Information
Administered on Each High School Campus
Original Test Date: March 24
Reschedule Test Date: Canceled
The Arizona Department of Education is working with vendors to extend the state testing window. The ADE is also currently engaging with the federal government in the event it is decided that state testing needs to be suspended for the 2019-2020 school year. Additional guidance will be provided in the coming days and weeks as more information is made available.
ACT: National Testing Information
Various Sites around East Valley and State of Arizona
Original Test Date: April 4
Rescheduled Test Date: June 13 or July 18
As a safety precaution, ACT has rescheduled its April testing date to June 13. All students who had registered for the April 4 administration date will receive email communication directly from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to the June 13 or July 18 national testing dates.
For more specific information regarding national ACT test administration, students and families may visit ACT.org for the most up to date communications.
SAT: National Testing Information
Various Sites around East Valley and the State of Arizona
Original Makeup Date: March 28
Rescheduled Make-Up Date: Canceled
Original Test Date: May 2
Rescheduled Test Date: Canceled
Original Test Date: June 6 Currently still scheduled to occur
March and May national testing dates have been canceled due to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19). Students who have already registered for the May 2 administration date or were scheduled for the March 28 make update will receive refunds. Additional information will be shared with students directly from the College Board.
For more specific information regarding national SAT test administration, students and families may visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat for the most up to date communications.
School Site Testing Codes
Each High School has an assigned school code that you will use when taking any college placement exam (ACT/PSAT/SAT).CVHS -- 030696
DRHS -- 030424
GCA -- 030132
GHS -- 030140
HHS -- 030141
MHS -- 030157
Using Your PSAT Results
The best way to study for the SAT is by using your PSAT results from October to focus specifically on the particular areas you need to improve. Your PSAT results can provide you a personalized study plan if you link them with Khan Academy – the official test prep site for College Board. In addition, you can read about and take the practice SAT tests on the CollegeBoard website.
Sign up for the ACT and/or SAT
How do I sign up?
Please Note: ALL 11th grade GPS students will have the opportunity to take one ACT test on March 24, 2020 at their high school without outside registration or fees.
If you'd like to take an additional ACT test outside of the Junior Year GPS date register below directly with ACT.
What if I can’t afford the fee? Don’t worry, there are waivers available to those with financial need. See your Student Advisor for further information about your situation and what you qualify for.
Please Note: Do you qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch? If so, you may be able to claim your SAT Fee Waivers through your College Board account or learn about ACT Fee Waiver Program.
Do I need to take both tests? The answer to that is mostly dependent upon the university you plan to attend, but here is a good comparison of the two exams. It never hurts you to take both.
You should not just roll out of bed on the Saturday morning of the exam and "give it your best shot".
These tests require preparation.
For online resources, Khan Academy is the official study guide for the SAT, while OpenEd has a similar free platform to help you prepare for the ACT. Outside companies also offer test prep courses for a fee that will cover the content of the exams plus test-taking strategies. You can find information for these offerings in your counseling office and career center.
Send Your Test Scores
Remember, many colleges and scholarships will also want a copy of your Test Scores (SAT, AP, and ACT).
Should I Take the Test More Than Once?
Check with the college/university you are applying to. Do they accept only the first test? Do they accept the best score for any test? Do they average all of the tests?
These are good questions to ask the University's Admissions Department.
In-State: If you are going to an Arizona University – Arizona State University (ASU), Univeristy of Arizona (U of A), or Northern Arizona University (NAU) – they will accept the BEST test score. This means you could take it 3 times, and they will only look at the best test score.
Many merit-based Scholarships are based on a student's GPA, class rank, and test score. By increasing your test score by a few points can increase your merit-based scholarship by THOUSANDS of dollars.
Some students may find that they do better on one test over the other. A general rule could be to take both tests and then retake the one you do the best on- after studying, of course.
Don't Forget Your Picture
Students must now upload a picture of themselves and bring a printed admission ticket to their test center. Read the instructions carefully on the ACT and SAT websites so you are admitted to the test.