Testing / Test Prep
ASVAB (The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.
ASVAB test scores are broken down by the individual sub-tests and composites of the sub-tests. One of the most critical of these scores is the Armed Forces Qualification Test. The AFQT is comprised of your test results in Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Math Knowledge (MK), and Verbal Composite (VE) x 2. Your Verbal Composite score is a combination of your Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension scores.
The AFQT sub-tests of the ASVAB are very good practice for the ACT as well. So it is highly recommended for all students to sign up and take this test, especially in that it can be taken at PHS and it is free.
The test will be offered at PHS:
- To be announced for the 2012-2013 school year.
Practice tests for the ASVAB are available at:
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is designed to help you explore the "world of work" and find out about yourself. This program will help you identify and explore occupations and develop an effective strategy to realize those goals.
Career exploration scores can help you determine your readiness for further education and training in different career areas. Knowing your academic strengths and weaknesses gives you time to work to improve them before you start a job, begin college, vocational school, or enter the military.
This exceptional program is free and you receive the following career tools:
- ASVAB Summary test results – show how well you did in relation to others who took the test.
- Exploring Careers – the ASVAB Workbook.
- Find Your Interests (FYI) – an interest inventory that helps identify your work-related interests by choosing your likes and dislikes.
- "OCCU-Find" – explores over 400 occupations using information you learned about your skills and interests from taking the ASVAB test.
The PLAN test will be administered at PHS Wednesday, January 11 at 8 in the morning. It is highly recommended for sophomores. PLAN serves a mid-point review of progress in ACT’s Educational Planning and Assessment (EPA) System. EPAS’s integrated structure and curricular base make it an ideal tool for documenting a student’s progress throughout high school. As a “pre-A.C.T. test,” PLAN is a powerful predictor of success on the ACT assessment.
- 2-2 1/4 hours (155 minutes of actual testing: English 30 min., Reading, 20 min., Math 40 min., Science 25 min.)
We are offering the PSAT test for juniors on October 17 and October 20, 2012.
The PSAT/NMMSQT (preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is the best practice for the SAT, as well as good practice for the ACT. For many students, this test is the official step on the road toward college. It assesses skill development through years of study in a wide range of courses as well as through experiences outside of the classroom.
We will be administering the test at the National Guard Armory, so students will be bused to and from the test. This test is offered on a first sign up, first pay basis. Sign ups are available now in the counseling office. The first 35 who sign up, pay and return the field trip permission will be tested. (We are requiring a signed permission slip as we will be testing off of school grounds).
PSAT- Cost is $14.00. Students will be tested over Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Skills. When sign up and payment is complete (with signed permission slip) the student will receive a student guide with additional information and practice questions. Testing time will run approximately 3 hours.
Contact the counseling office if you have further questions.
To sign up or learn more visit the following sites:
- ACT - www.actstudent.org
- SAT - www.collegeboard.org
- ACT/SAT prep - www.mystudentedge.com with an ACCESS code of CDGZJSNF
ACT Test dates:
June 9, 2012
September 8, 2012
October 27, 2012
December 8, 2012
February 9, 2013
April 13, 2013
June 8, 2013
SAT Test dates*:
May 5, 2012
June 2, 2012
October 6, 2012
November 3, 2012
December 1, 2012
January 26, 2013
March 9, 2013
May 4, 2013
June 1, 2013
*not offered at PHS, contact Counseling Office for a close test location.