Testing Schedules TBA
The ELPAC is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) transitioned from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment in 2018. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate ELP assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student's level of ELP.
"The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
Critical reading skills
Math problem-solving skills
(Taken from the PSAT website)
At Santa Teresa High School, the exam is given, for free, to all sophomores and is offered for a small fee to all juniors and freshman. ST also used the exam to help identify students who could excel in an AP course.
To get more information and to see some practice questions, please visit the PSAT website.
The SAT and ACT are two standardized exams that colleges use in combination with the student's transcript and application to determine a student's eligibility. Most colleges and universities accept both the SAT and the ACT. To determine if you should take the SAT, ACT, or both, you should check with the college or university you are applying to.
"The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century." From the SAT.com website.
Please visit SAT College Board to find out more about when the exams are given, sample questions, and for getting your exam results.
"The ACT test is a college entrance exam covering English, reading, math, and science. It measures what students have learned in high school, so taking the right courses is important." From the ACTSTUDENT.org website.
Please visit ACT's website to find out more about when the exams are given, sample questions, and for getting your exam results.
"Taken each May by students all over the world, the AP Exam is the final step you take after a year of hard work in an AP class. These standardized exams are designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of the course — a successful score could even earn you credit and advanced placement in college." From the AP website.
At Santa Teresa High School, it is expected that all students taking an AP course also take the exam since taking the exam can boost your chances of gaining college admission. Students who score a 3 or higher on the exam earn college credit for that course.
To find out more information please visit AP Central's website.