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Postsecondary Testing

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Tasha Thompson

on 19 August 2013

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You'll need to take one no matter what you want to do.
placement test,
not admissions
Study & Register
College Track
College entrance exam
End of junior year
8 a.m. on a Saturday
Local college campus
who uses it?
Scholarship Organizations
Test Structure
35 minutes
40 questions
35 minutes
40 questions
60 minutes
60 questions
45 minutes
75 questions
30 minutes
1 prompt
a. All
b. Multiple
c. Choice
d. Questions
Max: 36
Reading + Science + Math + English
Overall Score (Out of 36)
each question.
Time it right.
answer what you know first.
(mark the ones you skip)

use the process of elimination.

answer every question.
(no penalty for guessing)

pace yourself - don't worry about your neighbor.
what other test-taking strategies do you use?
Explore below the line to practice your testing game.
Should we study?
read all the answers.
know the difference between the answers.
double-check your answer in the passage.
Tips & Strategies
1. Use the process of elimination.
2. Read carefully, piece by piece.
3. Pace yourself.
4. Re-read the question & make sure your answer makes sense.
social studies
prose fiction
natural sciences
Key tip:
Skim the questions first, then read the passage. You'll know what you're trying to find.
Only think about what was in the passage, not outside information.

Try to picture what's happening.
30 minutes
35 minutes
35 minutes
60 minutes
45 minutes
1 prompt
2 points of view
APS levels: 21, 23, 25
National median: 20
Strive for a focused, clear, logical argument that uses examples and concise language.

Don't worry about which stance to take or using traditional formats, like a 5-paragraph essay.
Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years?

In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
Sample prompt:
1. Choose a side.
2. Jot down a main thesis and 3 supporting arguments.
3. Begin writing - stay focused.
4. Review for spelling & grammar
Test Day
eat well
arrive early
Admission ticket
Approved calculator
Number 2 pencils
get sleep
Some out-of-state community colleges
accepted @
Sign up with your College & Career Guide!
junior year

National Career Readiness Certificate (gold, silver, bronze)
13 or higher qualifies for certificate APS award
Locating Information
job skills assessment
3 sections:
Basically like the ACT, with some key differences.
Test Structure
Total: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Critical Reading + Math + Writing
(200 - 800)
Total Score (out of 2400)
wrong answer = -0.25
no answer = 0
right answer = 1
some free answer math questions - no deductions
What's the difference?
The SAT:
focuses on vocabulary
increases in complexity throughout
more time-consuming questions
has free answer math questions
The ACT:
focuses on punctuation & sentence structure
has a science section
no penalty for wrong answers

/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
2 hours, 10 minutes
no essay
Why should I take it?
Practice for the SAT
Qualify for National Merit Scholarship (juniors)
Feedback on strengths & weaknesses
want to study?
13 sentence completion
35 passage-based reading
Sentence completion:
“Ravens appear to behave _______, actively helping one another to find food.”
(A) mysteriously
(B) warily
(C) aggressively
(D) cooperatively
(E) defensively
Today any accessible, fast-moving story written in unaffected prose is deemed to be “genre fiction” – at best an excellent “read” or a “page turner” but never literature with a capital L. Everything written in self-conscious, writerly prose, on the other hand, is now considered to be “literary fiction” – not necessarily good fiction, mind you, but always worthier of respectful attention than even the best-written thriller or romance. It is these works that receive full-page critiques, often one in the Sunday book-review section and another in the same newspaper during the week. It is these works, and these works only, that make the annual short lists of award committees.
The author implies that “literature with a capital L” is fiction that is:
(A) considered classic by scholars of English literature
(B) written in a mannered and pretentious style
(C) unafraid to address highbrow themes and weighty issues
(D) successful both critically and financially
(E) unfairly ignored by the book-buying public
14 identifying sentence errors
20 improving sentences
5 improving paragraphs
Even with (A) a calculator, you must have a basic understanding of (B) mathematics if one expects (C) to solve complex problems correctly. (D)
No error (E)
Consumers are beginning to take notice of electric cars because they are quiet, cause no air pollution, and gasoline is not used.
(A) cause no air pollution, and gasoline is not used
(B) air pollution is not caused, and gasoline is not used
(C) cause no air pollution, and use no gasoline
(D) causing no air pollution and using no gasoline
(E) air pollution is not caused, and no gasoline is used
28 multiple choice
10 student-produced responses
Numbers & Operations
A bicycle lock uses a 3-letter passkey, but no letter can be used more than once… how many possible passwords are there?
Answer: 26 x 25 x 24 = 15,600
There are 300 students in the high school, and only 2 can be social chairs… How many different pairs of students could be social chairs?
Answer: (300 x 299)/2 = 44,850
Also: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, factors, remainders, prime numbers.
Algebra & Functions
Also: Absolute value
Write out algebraic expressions, like:

9 times the quantity of 3y + 7 =
Geometry & Measurement
Also: coordinate geometry, solid geometry.
Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability
Read the question again...
48 passage-based
19 sentence completion
67 questions
(2) 25-minute sections
(1) 20-minute section
70 minutes
avg.: 63 seconds/question
"The rock was still wet. The
animal was glistening, like it was
still swimming," recalls Hou
Xianguang. Hou discovered the
unusual fossil while surveying rocks
as a paleontology graduate student
in 1984, near the Chinese town of
Chengjiang. "My teachers always
talked about the Burgess Shale
animals. It looked like one of them.
My hands began to shake."
Hou had indeed found a Naraoia
like those from Canada. However,
Hou's animal was 15 million years
older than its Canadian relatives."
line 5
line 10
line 15
In line 5, "surveying" most nearly means

(A) calculating the value of
(B) examining comprehensively
(C) determining the boundaries of
(D) polling randomly
(E) conducting a statistical study of
Hoping to ------ the dispute, negotiators proposed a compromise that they felt would be ------ to both labor and management.
Sentence Completion
(A) enforce..useful
(B) end..divisive
(C) overcome..unattractive
(D) extend..satisfactory
(E) resolve..acceptable
25 improving sentences
18 identifying sentence errors
6 improving paragraphs
Multiple Choice
49 questions
10-minute section
25-minute section
35 minutes
avg.: 43 seconds/question
Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book and she was sixty-five years old then.
(A) and she was sixty-five years old then
(B) when she was sixty-five
(C) at age sixty-five years old
(D) upon the reaching of sixty-five years
(E) at the time when she was sixty five
Identifying Sentence Errors
The other delegates and him

immediately accepted the resolution

drafted by the neutral states.

No error
(1) Many times art history courses focus on the great "masters," ignoring those women who should have achieved fame. (2) Often women artists like Mary Cassatt have worked in the shadows of their male contemporaries. (3) They have rarely received much attention during their lifetimes.
Improving Paragraphs
In context, which is the best revision to the underlined portion of sentence 3 (reproduced below)?

They have rarely received much attention during their lifetimes.

(A) In fact, they had
(B) Too bad these artists have
(C) As a result, these women have
(D) In spite of this, women artists
(E) Often it is the case that the former have
Develop and support a clear point of view in 25 minutes.
Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.

Our cherished notions of what is equal and what is fair frequently conflict. Democracy presumes that we are all created equal; competition proves we are not, or else every contest would end in a tie. We talk about a level playing field, but it is difficult to make conditions equal for everyone without being unfair to some.

Adapted from Nancy Gibbs, "Cool Running"

Assignment: Is it possible for a society to be fair to everyone? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
44 multiple choice
10 student-produced responses
54 questions
(2) 25-minute sections
(1) 20-minute section
70 minutes
avg.: 78 seconds/question
A special lottery is to be held to select the student who will live in the only deluxe room in a dormitory. There are 100 seniors, 150 juniors, and 200 sophomores who applied. Each senior's name is placed in the lottery 3 times; each junior's name, 2 times; and each sophomore's name, 1 time. What is the probability that a senior's name will be chosen?
(A) 1 over 8
(B) 2 over 9
(C) 2 over 7
(D) 3 over 8
(E) 1 over 2
|4x - 7| = 5
|3 - 8x| = 1
What value of x satisfies both of the equations above?
x = 1/2
Algebra & Functions
Data Analysis, Statistics & Probability
Geometry & Measurement
(A) 22
(B) 24
(C) 25
(D) 30
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.
Remember: the sum of the measures in degrees of the angles of a triangle is 180, & the number of degrees of arc in a circle is 360.
What is the result when 436921 is rounded to the nearest thousand and then expressed in scientific notation?
(A) 4.369 times 10^2
(B) 4.369 times 10^4
(C) 4.37 times 10^4
(D) 4.37 times 10^5
(E) 4.4 times 10^5
Numbers & Operations
Test Day
eat well
arrive early
Admission ticket
Approved calculator
Number 2 pencils
get sleep

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