Testing/Surveys

Check out all the tests below to see more information about each of them!

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Holter by phone at 384-4274 ext. 2008 or by email at eholter@isd100.org


ACT

ACT Assessment is a multiple choice based assessment measuring academic achievement in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science.

  • The 45-minute (75 questions) English Test covers standard written English and rhetorical skills.
  • The Mathematics Test is a 60-minute (60 questions) test covering Pre-Algebra through Intermediate Algebra, Coordinate and Plane Geometry and Trigonometry.
  • The Reading Test is a 35-minute (40 questions) test with questions based on reading prose passages.
  • The 35-minute (40 questions) Science Test covers 7 sets of scientific information from the natural sciences.
  • The 40-minute (1 prompt) writing test is optional, but recommended.

TEST TIME:  3hrs 35 mins.  Includes 40 min optional Writing Test

 To register for the ACT:

To register for the ACT, click www.actstudent.org, create an account, and follow the instructions.
ACT telephone number: 319-337-1270
Use the 2019-2020 National Registration Folder
See Mr. Holter in the Guidance Office for assistance
Wrenshall’s code: 242-755

Test Date Deadline Late Deadline Scores Available
September 14, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 17-30, 2019 Sept 24 – Nov 8, 2019
October 26, 2019 September 27, 2019 Sept 28 – Oct 8, 2019 Nov 12 – Dec 30, 2019
December 14, 2019 November 8, 2019 Nov 9-22, 2019 Dec 26, 2019 – Feb 7, 2020
February 8, 2020 January 10, 2020 January 11-17, 2020 Feb 25 – April 3, 2020
April 4, 2020 February 28, 2020 Feb 29 – March 13, 2020 April 14 – May 29, 2020
June 13, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 9-22, 2020 June 23 – August 7, 2020
July 18, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 20-26, 2020 July 28 – August 31, 2020

**CAREER AND COLLEGE PLANNING:  Wrenshall School District has a number of requirements to fulfill for students’ career and college planning for students first enrolled in grade eight in 2012-2013 and later.  This includes offering students in grade 11 an opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized college entrance exam (ACT or SAT) on a school day.  Wrenshall School will continue to provide the ACT as it’s selected option.

This year, Minnesota made the legislative decision to no longer reimburse public schools for testing all students wishing to take the ACT test on a school day in the 2019-2020 school year.  Moving forward, all students will be offered the opportunity to test in school on a weekday, but only students who are eligible for educational benefits (also called free and reduced lunch or FRL) will be reimbursed.

**WRENSHALL SCHOOL’S ADMINISTRATION OF THE ACT:  This year’s ACT testing opportunity will be taking place during the last week in April, 2020.  This is open and FREE to all JUNIORS who wish to participate.  THIS IS AN OPTIONAL EXAM, NOT A REQUIREMENT.

2020 ACT DISTRICT TESTING PARTICIPATION FORM:  ACT 17-18 newsletter-permission slip

ACT Test Prep

SAT

SAT Reasoning Test measures critical thinking skills, mathematical reasoning and writing skills.  The 70-minute Math section consists of multiple choice and student produced responses to questions on number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; and statistics, probability and data analysis.  The Writing section focuses on grammar, usage and choice, assessed in a 35 minute multiple choice section and a 25-minute student produced essay.

SAT Subject Tests are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in subject areas including English, history, mathematics, science and language.  Only some colleges require Subject Tests.  Check with the college(s) you are considering.  Note that although the Reasoning Test and Subject Tests are offered on the same day, you cannot take both exams on the same day.

TEST TIME:  3hrs 20 mins.  Includes Writing Test – Optional

To learn more, register and get free practice, click www.sat.collegeboard.org.  Fee waivers may be available in the Guidance Office for students who qualify.


ACCUPLACER

ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses.  ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help you improve your skills through interactive online learning tools.  The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisers and counselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level.

ACCUPLACER test questions are based on your responses to previous questions.  Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond.  ACCUPLACER tests are untimed; however, it is important to allow yourself enough time to complete the test since test results are a key factor in determining the course(s) you can enroll in.  ACCUPLACER test results are available immediately following your test.  Before you take ACCUPLACER, make sure to ask the guidance counselor about your the school’s testing policies and procedures.

ACCUPLACER TESTING DATES 2019-2020:

September 18th – 7:30 start time – Room 124 (Mrs. Swanson’s room)

December 11th – 7:30 start time – Room 124 (Mrs. Swanson’s room)

January 15th – 3:15 start time – Room 124 (Mrs. Swanson’s room)

May 13th – 7:30 start time – Room 124 (Mrs. Swanson’s room)

**Individual sessions are available by request.  Please see Mr. Holter for availability.

For more information:


ASVAB

What is the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)?

The ASVAB is a nationally-normed, multi-aptitude test battery that has been provided to high school and post-secondary schools since 1968.

The ASVAB was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program was developed with input from a panel of career development experts and designed to encourage students to increase their level of self-knowledge and to understand how that information could be linked to civilian and military occupational characteristics.

The ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.

**WRENSHALL SCHOOL’S ADMINISTRATION OF THE ASVAB:  

Pre-Test Meeting:  All Juniors will be participating in an informational meeting to discuss the value of the ASVAB and learn about what the test entails on Monday, January 23rd during 6th hour (1:29-2:19).

Administration Date:  Juniors will be taking the ASVAB on Monday, February 3rd from 9:30-12:30.

Post-Test Interpretation:  Juniors will be participating in a post-test interpretation activity on (TBD).

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MINNESOTA STUDENT SURVEY

The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) is one of the longest-running youth surveys in the nation. It is a triennial survey that began in 1989. The survey is an anonymous statewide school-based survey conducted to gain insights into the world of students and their experiences.

The survey asks students about their activities, opinions, behaviors and experiences. Students respond to questions on school climate, bullying, out-of-school activities, health and nutrition, emotional and mental health, relationships, substance use and more. Questions about sexual behaviors are asked only of 9th- and 11th-grade students. All responses are anonymous.

The MSS can be administered to 5th-, 8th-, 9th-, and 11th-grade students in public schools, charter schools, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) tribal schools and non-public schools. It is also offered to students in alternative learning centers and juvenile correctional facilities. In 2016, 282 of 330 school districts (85.5 percent) participated in the survey–nearly 169,000 students.

The survey is voluntary for schools and students. Schools have the option of not participating in the survey. If a school chooses to participate, it must notify parents and inform them of their right to review the survey questions and opt out their child. This notification requirement is an obligation under the federal Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). Students also can decide not to take the survey or stop at any point while taking it.

NEXT SCHEDULED SURVEY YEAR: 2019 (MARCH)

Minnesota Student Survey PARENT LETTER 2019