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National Test Dates
District 622 does not currently operate ACT Test Centers for national test dates. Students may register for and take the ACT at any available test center. Test dates, online registration, and other resources are available at http://www.actstudent.org/.
ACT and SAT - The ACT and the SAT Reasoning Test are college admission tests. One of the most common questions we hear is "Which test should I take?" Our answer, in general, is that colleges accept either score. Students at East Ridge have been exposed to ACT practice tests in 8th grade (EXPLORE), 10th grade (pre-ACT), 11th Grade (practice-ACT) and therefore are more familiar with the ACT test format. A student who took the PSAT has also had exposure to a practice SAT test. Since the ACT and SAT tests are different, sometimes a student will find that s/he has a preference. However, there is no need to take both tests.
The ACT is subdivided into subject tests with an optional writing test. To find out which colleges and universities are requiring the writing exam for admission, go to http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html.
Some colleges may require, in addition to other test scores, that the student take the SAT Subject tests.
The next question is, "When should I take it?" The optimal time to take the test is the latter part of your junior year. Therefore, April and June are the most popular test dates and it pays to register early in order to get your first choice of location.
If a student has an IEP or 504 Plan which may allow for extended time or other accommodations, see your counselor early in the school year. There is a separate application for Special Testing, which requires more documentation and time to complete.
ACT Plus Writing for all Minnesota 11th Graders
All Juniors will take the ACT Plus Writing during regular school hours on APRIL 5, 2022 at North High School. District 622 has chosen to offer students the ACT Plus Writing in order to provide students with the most flexibility in selecting post-secondary institutions. All Juniors are eligible to take the test, even if they have already taken an ACT before. There is no cost to students for this testing date.
ACCUPLACER TestNo Current Test Dates at North High SchoolFind a Testing Location here
ACCUPLACER tests help identify your knowledge, strength, and needs in math, reading, and writing. Along with information about your academic background, goals, and interests, your ACCUPLACER results help you choose courses that match your skill level and give you the best opportunities for success.
More information and practice tests can be found here.
ASVAB TestNo Current Test Dates at North High SchoolFind a Testing Location HereThe ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.Your scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge (see below) -- count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.Your scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified you are for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses. A high score will improve your chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus you want.No obligation to the military is associated with taking the ASVAB. There are no fees to take the test.Test Prep Sites:
Advanced Placement (AP)
Testing dates are posted for 2022.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they're still in high school—whether they're learning online or in the classroom. And through taking AP Exams, students can earn college credit and placement.
The new online payment system is available to make your student’s AP exam payment(s). Please use this link to access the online payment portal: AP Exam Payments. You will need to create an account if you haven’t already done so. The standard cost is $50.00 for each exam, or $10.00 per exam if your student is approved for the Free/Reduced lunch program.
Minnesota Bilingual Seals Program
Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate, legislated in 2009, is an award given to students in any grade level who demonstrate ACTFL’s Intermediate Low level in all of the four modalities - listening, reading, speaking and writing in languages other than in English. *Note: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities award college credit when the test was taken in Grades 10, 11, or 12.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, a statewide system of 30 colleges and seven universities with 54 campuses across the state, compiled a report that provides findings and recommendations for the granting of college credit for the bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates.
Award levels and the number of college credit
The actual number of college credits may vary depending on an institution. Each institution has a different number of credits per a semester course.
In order to qualify for a bilingual seal, a student must also demonstrate proficiency in English by having met the required English Language Arts credit for high school graduation. The World Language Proficiency Certificate does not have English Language Arts credit requirements.
How to access college credits
- Students must be enrolled in a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institution.
- Students must make a request for college credit. Students should work with the admission office or advisor. In some cases, scholarship may be impacted by receiving extra credit. Therefore; students should consult with appropriate personnel or offices at the institution.
- Students have taken a test when in Grades 10, 11, or 12.
- Students may be required to submit an official high school transcript.
- There is a three year window to make a request after a high school graduation.
SEALS testing will begin in Spring 2022.
PSAT/NMSQT (PreSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
PSAT/NMSQT (PreSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Payment accepted online.
It is necessary to take the PSAT to enter the National Merit Scholarship program (NMSQT) as a junior. The PSAT also gives you practice for college admissions tests such as the SAT and the ACT. The PSAT will give you a strong indication of how you might do on the SAT but is NOT a college admissions test and is NOT required in order to attend a four-year college.
All colleges that require an entrance exam as part of their admission decision will accept either the ACT OR the SAT.
Students may use a calculator on the math section of the test. Therefore, while it is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended that all students bring a calculator on test day (students may not share calculators during the examination).
Practice tests can be found at here.
What is the NMSQT? It stands for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It refers to the PSAT that students take in their sophomore or junior year to enter the National Merit Scholarship competition, along with tens of thousands of other students (around 1.6 million annually).
Our new online payment system is available for families to make PSAT exam payments. Please visit the website: https://northstpaul2060.cf.affinetysolutions.com/ and click the Green School icon then create a new account or login to your existing account. You will need your student ID number to register your student. Student ID numbers are located in the student Campus system. Once logged in Click “North High School” - North AP Testing and click on “PSAT North”.
-Once payment is made on the Affinety site you will receive an email with confirmation that you are signed up for the test.