Testing Links and Resources

 

Career Assessments: 

 

ASVAB Career Preparation website www.asvabprogram.com  This program is designed to help students learn more about themselves and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize their goals.

Military.com Go to www.military.com/ASVAB to learn about the ASVAB and to take free ASVAB practice tests.

March 2 Success: Go to www.march2success.com/indexs.htm   Standardize testing preparation including ASVAB and more is located at this site.

Washington State Employment Security Department: Learn about an Occupation

Where are You Going?" Student Career Guidebook (170+ pages) on line. This is the on-line version of the popular booklet used at ZMS and ZHS for the past several years. Now in the electronic, updated presentation you can review interests and match them to careers, review career requirements and training programs, locate schools that offer the training to match the careers and learn about work preparedness. A top notch site for the career researcher.

Washington Career Bridge: Connect your interests with a career by taking a quiz. www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Survey_Cluster.aspx Get career resources and career counseling. Career Bridge is here to help you reach your career goals  Career Bridge is a one-stop, searchable database of education and training programs throughout Washington state where you'll discover: The new home of the state's Eligible Training Provider (ETP) List. Average earnings and employment outlook for each career choice. Hot jobs for the future. What you'll need to learn to get those jobs. This site was created by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, a partnership of labor, business and government dedicated to helping Washington state residents obtain and succeed in family-wage jobs, while meeting employers' needs for skilled workers. Now find the education and training you need to get the job you want. 

Get a regional view of occupations that are in-demand.

Apprenticeships Earn while you learn. Here's how.

 

Pre College Testing

The PLAN® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.  Consider also a "Pre-ACT" exam

PSAT/NMSQT The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs and is currently listed as an optional test for WASL equivalency for the Washington State Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) for graduation.

 

 

College Entrance Testing 

ACT (American College Testing) The ACT Assessment is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. An optional "writing" test may be added on.  Many colleges are now requiring a writing sample and this exam would cover that requirement. Also check out ACT College Career Planning Register on-line or get information.  Remember the ZHS school code is 481635.

SAT (College Board including SAT, Advanced Placement): The College Board is a national nonprofit membership association whose mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to college and opportunity. Each year, the College Board serves over three million students through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.  Register on-line or get information.  Remember the ZHS school code is 481635.

March 2 Success: Go to www.march2success.com/indexs.htm. Standardize testing preparation including ACT/SAT.

Compass Testing is taken for placement in Reading, Writing and Math at the community college level in Washington State.  Normally high school seniors take the Compass Test in the spring of their senior year.  YVCC is or closest testing station.  Students may call 509-574-4738 to schedule an appointment.  Compass scores taken at YVCC can be transferred to other community colleges of your choice.  Students interested in entering the YVCC Running Start Program must take this same Compass test to qualify for Running Start.

Check out the Study Resources for the COMPASS Test at www.yvcc.edu/admission/highschool-options/RunningStart/Pages/TestingInfo.aspx 

 

Math Placement Testing (Washington State 4 year Colleges)

APTPT/MPT The Academic Placement Testing Program (APTP) is a cooperative program of Washington State public baccalaureate institutions. Faculty from participating institutions have created the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) to help students, with the assistance of their academic advisers, select first-year mathematics courses for which they are best prepared. The program is managed by the Office of Educational Assessment on behalf of participating institutions. 

 

Test Preparation Resources

Free Practice Test Resources This website lists free practice tests and sample test questions for these tests: ACT, Accuplacer, ARDMS, ASVAB, CAHSEE, CBEST, CCRN, CDL, CEN, CFA, CFP, CGFNS, CLEP, CNOR, COMPASS, Contractor Exam, CPA, CSCS, CSET, DANB, DAT, Dietitian Exam, EPPP, FCAT, FPGEE, FSWE, GED, GMAT, GRE, HOBET, Home Inspector Exam ,HSPT, ISEE, Life and Health Exam ,LSAT, MAT, MCAT, NAPLEX, NBRC, NCBTMB, NCIDQ, NCLEX, NPTE, NREMT, Nursing Exam, NYSTCE, OAT, PANCE, ParaPro, PCAT, PHR-SPHR, PMP, Praxis, Property Casualty Exam, PSAT, PTCB, SAT, SERIES, SERIES 7, SSAT, TEAS, TOEFL, USMLE, Wonderlic.

GEIF-Free ACT practice www.actexampracticetests.com

 

Washington State Testing Programs

Washington State Testing: A resource page to provide information to students and parents regarding Washington State testing programs. Washington uses the grades 3-8 Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test its students. The HSPE is used as the state’s high school exit exam. In spring 2011, the state will begin using end-of-course exams in math.

Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) The name of the MSP, given to students in grades 3-8, conveys the goal of the test: to measure student progress. Please contact your school and/or district for the exact testing dates in your area.

High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) This test measures the proficiency of students in high school and serves as the state’s exit exam for reading and writing. Students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 must pass this assessment or a state-approved alternative in reading and writing in order to be eligible to graduate. Students in the class of 2013 and beyond must pass reading, writing, science and two math end-of-course exams in order to graduate.

End-of-Course (EOC) Exams-Beginning in spring 2011, students in grades 7-12 will begin taking end-of-course math exams. The state is moving to end-of-course exams so students can be tested on the knowledge and skills they’ve gained from a specific course rather than on a comprehensive test like the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) which assesses overall knowledge. In spring 2012, students will be offered an end-of-course exam in biology.

CAA/HSPE Options Information: Once a student has taken either the WASL or HSPE but failed to demonstrate skills sufficient to earn a diploma, alternative ways to demonstrate students meet standards and skills become available.

Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs) and Classroom-Based Performance Assessments (CBPAs)
The state supports the development of classroom-based assessments that are based on the state’s learning standards and help guide day-to-day instruction. State curriculum specialists create tasks and questions that model good assessments and provide them to local school districts.

Washington State Testing-Frequently Asked Questions